Politics as usual

September 8, 2019

I can’t help but wonder how much money the city is going to spend for outside lawyers because of city council’s decision to call a special election to replace one of the city representatives.

Our mayor seems to be leading the charge on this.

Will he and his group come up with a candidate to fill this seat.

Is this about what’s right (did she commit an act that caused her automatic resignation) or about getting a supporting vote on city council?

Or is it about both?

Either way it looks like this will cost us more money.

We deserve better

Brutus


Saturday

September 7, 2019

It’s Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

 

We deserve better

Brutus


Remember this in November

September 6, 2019

Well they got us again.

In Maximum tax increase from the city we pointed out that while city council took a preliminary vote to increase our property tax rate to 88 cents per hundred dollars of valuation they simultaneously published notice in the Times that they would increase the rate to 90.73 cents.

When it came time to finalize the budget they used the 90.73 cent rate.  Three of the members that are up for re-election voted against or vetoed the increase.

Note that we did not hear much explanation as to why they voted against the increase.

It seems that they were only concerned with what their vote would like to the voters.

We deserve better

Brutus


Right in front of their faces

September 5, 2019

From a recent presentation to city council:

Let’s see:

  • Local manufacturers buy $39 billion of goods and services each year
  • Local suppliers provide 2% of that

Duh

If city council thinks it is responsible for economic development why don’t they focus on finding ways to raise the percentage above 2% instead of giving money away for water resorts and sports stadiums?

We deserve better

Brutus


Not doing her job

September 4, 2019

At the August 6, 2019 meeting of city council our city attorney spoke about ethics training as well as council members having a better understanding of Roberts Rules of Order.

Then astoundingly she indicated that having a more robust understanding of Roberts Rules would help even her.

Doing her job

Unfortunately this council as well as past councils has appointed the city attorney to also be the city parliamentarian.  This job should be done by someone who is not dependent upon the good will of city council.

She should know the rules backwards and forwards.  She should see to it that council meetings are conducted using those rules since council has voted to use them.

The job of city parliamentarian has been assigned to her.  She should have learned the rules before the very next council meeting.

While we’re at it

She should also see to it that council takes no action that is illegal.  She should be completely familiar with the Texas Open Meetings Act and see to it that the act is obeyed.

Further

She should also see to it that the rules about providing backup material when items are placed on the agenda.  Too often presentations are made at council meetings without them having been made available for viewing by the public 72 hours before a meeting.

If she doesn’t have time to handle these things she might assign one of her ample staff to do them for her.

Otherwise she should resign as parliamentarian.

We deserve better

Brutus


Historic designation not voluntary

September 3, 2019

This slide came from a presentation to city council:

It appears that other people can collectively vote to take your property.

We deserve better

Brutus


Labor Day 2019

September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day!

What are your thoughts about the future of labor unions?

We deserve better

Brutus


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