Call your state representative

April 18, 2019

A regular reader posted a comment the other day that deserves promotion.

S/he wrote:

BRUTUS: On page 9A of today’s El Paso TIMES, there is a short clip titled “Property tax bill clears Senate over backlash by big cities.”

This might be a TOPIC for tomorrow, since it’s an effort to CAP yearly property tax increases to 3.5% for cities and 2.5% for school districts.

Could not find this article on the TIMES website, but did find it at the Texas Tribune and other Texas newspaper websites.

Since some posters on your website have such galactic ‘shit fits’ over local taxes; it might be HELPFUL for those Texas legislators OUTSIDE El Paso pushing this bill, to hear from El Paso taxpayers who like the idea. Also let the Texas Governor and LT. Governor know.

Of course our local elected officials are ‘scared shitless’ over this initiative! Remember: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

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The bill has different house and senate versions but has passed in the senate.

It was filed back in November of 2016.  It appears as though it will be considered during this congressional session.

Hope springs eternal.

We deserve better

Brutus


An attaboy for the city

April 10, 2019

I heard a local the other day telling a story that he considered surprising.

Evidently while crossing a major street he found one of the pedestrian crossing signal buttons to be inoperative.

He called the city’s 311 number and reported the issue.

Within a week the problem had been fixed.

Isn’t it a shame that he was surprised?

Maybe things are improving over there.

We deserve better

Brutus


City maintained streets

April 4, 2019

Follow this link if you would like to see a city supplied interactive map that indicates which government is responsible for maintaining individual streets.

Personally I think that the title “City Maintained Streets” is a misnomer. The streets that they have actually maintained can be shown on a much smaller map.

We deserve better

Brutus


No quality of life projects to report

March 27, 2019

Would you like to know the status of the quality of life projects?

The city provides a link on their home page.

Unfortunately this is what you get if you click on it:

We deserve better

Brutus


True and correct

March 26, 2019

All of our candidates for public office must fill out and sign this portion of their application to be placed on the ballot:

There are a few  places in Texas law where making a false statement on the ballot application is a violation of a law.

Generally violations are a class A misdemeanor.

The penalty?  A fine of up to $4,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year in a county jail.

We deserve better

Brutus

 


The city would like your input, please give it to them

March 22, 2019

The city is conducting another “Chime In” survey.

This one is focused on next year’s budget.

Take the survey here.

Let them know what you think.

We deserve better

Brutus


Destination El Paso documents some of its failures

March 21, 2019

Only in El Paso!

The city’s Destination El Paso department provided this presentation as part of the backup material for a city council agenda item on the Monday, March 18, 2019 special city council meeting.

The special city council meetings are not well attended by the public so the city likes to handle things that they don’t want us to know about during those meetings.

The topic was a presentation about the results we have been getting out of the department.

One slide showed their measurements for fiscal 2018:

Then they presented their 2019 fiscal year slide.  The fiscal year starts in September.  The end of February would mean that half of the fiscal year had passed.

They point out a 14.6% increase in the number of people that attended conventions and meetings in 2019 over 2018.

What they don’t point out is the 14% drop in income in 2019.  Evidently getting people to meetings is important to them and the money that gets generated is not as important.

Then they tell city council what to expect for the rest of the year:

They show Sun City CRITS (“a premier cycling series”) will have 2,800 in attendance and will generate $1.1 million for the local economy.

RISE cycling symposium will have 2,500 in attendance and will generate $2.2 million.  This will be their inaugural event.  In other words they have never done this before and have no idea what their results will be.

Then they go on to tell us what to expect after this year:

The department did not address what the have for us in 2020 or 2021.  Instead they tell us that in 2022 they think some things will happen.  Add up the numbers, they aren’t very good.

Then they drop this slide on city council:

In the private sector changes would be made.  This however is El Paso.

We deserve better

Brutus


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