A lot happened this week

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11 Responses to A lot happened this week

  1. ANONYMOUS ! ! ! says:

    l do apologize for being more than just fashionably late for ‘Saturday’s free-style dance’ but l just ran across this 14 minute vid on The Ten Dumbest Cities in America. (published 3/28/19) l was slightly surprised that we were only in 4th place. Knowing the level of “common sense” that our loco politicians possess, if we ever did take the Bronze Medal, they would probably spend a fortune to have it gold plated.

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  2. WTF? says:

    Literally tens of millions of dollars GIVEN to Great Wolf to build a water park resort. The demolition of Cohen to build a water park. And now the city is considering buying EPISD’s Ross Middle School property to build another water park. What the f___ is going on?

    https://ktxs.com/news/texas/city-considers-buying-land-at-ross-middle-school-from-episd-to-build-water-park

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  3. Old Fart says:

    Used PUBLIUS’ Texas House Bill reference to get more specifics on House Bill HB2769; which I’ve listed below:

    “By:AAOrtega
    H.B.ANo.A2769
    A BILL TO BE ENTITLED ANACT
    1
    2 relating to authorizing an increase in an optional county fee on
    3 vehicleregistrationincertaincounties.
    4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
    5 SECTIONA1.AASections 502.402(b-1) and (e), Transportation
    6 Code,areamendedtoreadasfollows:
    7 (b-1)AAThe commissioners court of a county described by
    8 Subsection (a)(1) [(a)] with a population of less than 700,000 or
    9 morethan800,000mayincreasetheadditionalfeetoanamountthat
    10 does not exceed $20 if approved by a majority of the qualified
    11 votersofthecountyvotingontheissueatareferendumelection,
    12 whichthecommissionerscourtmayorderandholdforthatpurpose.
    13 (e)AAThe additional fee shall be collected for a vehicle when
    14 other fees imposed under this chapter are collected. The fee
    15 revenue collected shall be sent to a regional mobility authority
    16 located in the county or, if the county has a population of more
    17 than800,000,tothemetropolitanplanningorganizationthatserves
    18 the county. The fee revenue may be used only to fund long-term
    19 transportationprojectsinthecountythatareconsistentwiththe
    20 purposes specified by Section 7-a, Article VIII, Texas
    21 Constitution.
    22 SECTIONA2.AAThis Act takes effect immediately if it receives
    23 a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
    24 provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
    1
    H.B.ANo.A2769 1 Actdoesnotreceivethevotenecessaryforimmediateeffect,this
    2 ActtakeseffectSeptember1,2019.”

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    • Anonymous says:

      So in other friggin’ words, it takes effect. It’s only a matter of what the hell date. I THOUGHT WE WERE LIVING IN A RED STATE.

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      • Old Fart says:

        ANONYMOUS: This my be a ‘safe guard’ provision in the bill; “(a)] with a population of less than 700,000 or 9 more than 800,000 may increase the additional fee to an amount that
        10 does not exceed $20 if approved by a majority of the qualified
        11 voters of the county voting on the issue at a referendum election,
        12 which the commissioners court may order and hold for that purpose.”

        But the above is apparently only the first reading of the bill, and may change as the proposed bill moves through the legislative process.

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  4. Old Fart says:

    Thanks PUBLIUS. And look at who our local state legislators are who are pushing this shitty bill.

    My suggestion look at Brutus’s ‘SOUND OFF’ link at the top right of his page; and let the State Representatives and State Senators OUTSIDE of El Paso, who are on the Transportation Committee, know there are El Paso citizens who are against this shitty bill.

    In addition, consider calling some of the local TV STATIONS and let them know of the possibility of another, likely coming, hidden, shitty fee increase. KVIA has this thing called the ‘I Team.’ Also the other stations do some equally good reporting.

    Legislators like to pull this hidden shit ‘out of local public view.’ Wonder if this initiative is being pushed on our legislators by the city and county? The last two years the city has gone crazy with all its tax and fee increases.

    It might also be a good topic for one of Brutus’ always interesting, daily ‘golden nugget’ topics, that he is very good about surfacing to his readers

    Thanks again Pubius.

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    • Anonymous says:

      This was all Joe Pickett. He promoted the idea for years that up charges in vehicle registration wouldn’t be a burden to taxpayers and could help fund roads.of course when he started doing that we didn’t have the second highest property taxes in the nation.

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  5. Publius says:

    Take a look at HB 2769 and SB 2184, currently proposed in the state legislature. You can look them up here – https://capitol.texas.gov/

    Why would El Paso County residents be seeking the privilege of taxing themselves through our vehicle registration? Why would we need an additional $10 collected on every vehicle?

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  6. John Dungan says:

    Oh boy! A water park at what used to be Cohen Stadium. Isn’t that exciting? (I must apologize for my PC’s lack of a font appropriate to sarcasm).

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