The tax poem

March 10, 2018

This was sent in recently.  We don’t know who the author is.

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me
to my doom…’

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

We deserve better


You said we could build it

March 8, 2018

There is no limit to the amount of assessment they can actually make against your property if a property improvement district is approved.

From Texas local government code:

Sec. 372.019.  SUPPLEMENTAL ASSESSMENTS.  After notice and a hearing, the governing body of the municipality or county may make supplemental assessments to correct omissions or mistakes in the assessment relating to the total cost of the improvement.

So if the petition asks for too small an amount they don’t need your permission to spend more money.

We deserve better


Property improvement district approval requirements

March 7, 2018

Someone asked how many property owners have to sign the petition to authorize a property improvement district.

The first step is that the petitioners must define the geographic area that will benefit from the construction.

Then generally “owners of taxable real property representing more than 50 percent of the appraised value of taxable real property liable for assessment under the proposal” need to approve the petition.

It would appear that the big guys could gang up on the little guys.

We deserve better



Childrens hospital continues to lose money

March 5, 2018

For the three months ended December 2017 our children’s hospital lost $3.466 million dollars.

That comes to $13.86 million on an annual basis.

The money will have to come from the taxpayers.

The new administrator of our county hospital is doing a remarkable job but he was handed a disaster.

We deserve better


Unnecessary hospital building

March 3, 2018

One of the arguments against the construction of a special building costing $120 million for the children’s hospital has not appeared in our local blogs as far as I can tell.

There is little special advantage that rooms in the children’s hospital offer compared to rooms in a regular hospital.  The real contribution the children’s hospital brings is the addition of physicians and other staff that specialize in the treatment of pediatric problems.

If the voters decided that they had need for better medical treatment of children, doctors and staff could have been hired and could have operated out of the existing hospital.  Yes, they might have had to add special treatment rooms and more beds, but we did not need a whole new hospital.

We deserve better



Mailing my ballot

February 20, 2018

In Vote by mail I promised to get back to you after I sent in a form that the state democrat’s executive committee sent me.

Yesterday I received an envelope with five documents and two return envelopes.

There were a lot of rules and admonitions.

Ultimately it came down to filling out the ballot, placing it in a ballot envelope, then placing the ballot envelope in a carrier envelope, and then signing my name on the carrier envelope.

I suppose that when they receive it they will look at the carrier envelope and my signature and mark the voter rolls to show that I have voted.  They will then probably open the carrier envelope, extract the ballot envelope, open the ballot envelope, extract the ballot and send the ballot on to be counted.

We deserve better


Vote by mail

January 29, 2018

The State Democratic Executive Committee send me an expensive mailer that was designed to get me to request a ballot by mail.

They clearly want more people to vote.

The mailer included a pre-addressed envelope made out to our county voting clerk and requested a ballot by mail for all elections in 2018.

I mailed in the request.

Stay tuned.

We deserve better


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