What will our local governments do if our state legislature puts a cap on how much they can raise taxes from one year to another?
Look for them to start charging more fees to use facilities that we already own.
The city has been quite successful in moving fees over to the water department and thus increasing our monthly bills.
We are now seeing charges being imposed on the use of facilities that we financed with the so called quality of life bonds.
We deserve better
Actually, I’m fine with that. I’m not a fan of any of the Q of L stuff. I think the bored whiners who voted yes on those bonds should have to pay through the nose to use that stuff. Just wish there wasn’t a cap on the fees the city could add to Chihuahuas’ tickets.
Fees would not be on things like the ballpark. Woody and Paul would make sure of that. It’s more likely that you’ll be charged fees on basic services like driving on the streets. Things like garbage fees will also rise.
Local politicians have an addiction to unnecessary spending. They will simply see that CAD increases property values the maximum amount possible, despite the fact that there is no reason for property values to be increasing much, if any at all. Plus, we will get more fees, new fees, higher fees and fee fees.
The courts cannot save us, after all we have never availed ourselves of the opportunity to vote for people who would be fiscally conservative.
El Paso’s overall debt will be more than $7.5 billion by 2028, far exceeding area income increases over the same period. In fact, if current trends hold the actual taxpayer base will be smaller and the areas ability to pay debt will decrease exponentially.
At that point bankruptcy will become apparent and hilarity will ensue.
Some homes are being sold at prices lower than the CAD’s appraised values. New owners are having to fight to try to get the appraisal reduced.