Hospital census

May 12, 2020

I’ve been looking for a summary of local COVID-19 hospital statistics.

Mr. Moore over at recently published this:

While we have not had explosive growth in hospital admissions we are getting worse.

Please be careful.

We deserve better


Trust us

May 11, 2020

EPISD is preparing to sock it to us in the next tax year.

Their tax rate for interest and principal payments (I&S)  on debt was 24 cents per hundred dollars of valuation for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

They then asked the voters to move 10 cents of that over to their maintenance and operations tax rate for the 2018-19 year while promising to keep their total rate the same.  The voters agreed.  The district kept their promise that year and left taxes flat.

Then for 2019-20 they raised the I&S rate to 20 cents per hundred.

Now for 2020-21 they are proposing an I&S rate of 26 cents per hundred.

So much for trust.

We deserve better


Be careful today

May 10, 2020

El Paso’s Covid-19 numbers don’t seem to be decreasing.

Today is Mother’s day.

Please use caution at any family gatherings that you attend.

We deserve better


Open line Saturday.

May 9, 2020

It’s Saturday!

What’s on your mind?

We deserve better


A reader that does his homework

May 8, 2020

This came in from an alert reader:

I found what I thought was quite interesting in the CIP Review (COVID-19 Response) Dated April 13, 2020.  It is where a street service fee was going to be added to the November 2020 election to be voted on.

38223405022020553051305.PDF is a copy of CIP Review (COVID-19 Response) Dated April 13, 2020 from them the city council special meeting.

38082805022020052909552.PDF is a copy of Community Health & Public Safety Proposed Bond Election Discussion (which was reduced to only a Public Safety Bond that was passed in Nov. 2019)

At the time that the other components of the discussion was redrawn from the election, it was implied that these were to be covered under the 2019-2020 budget which you will recall was for $1, 046,842,912 billion.

Yet it seems like they were trying to slip this into the 2020 election until the COVID-19 came along and caught them.


By way of this post I am asking him if he would send us the slides that demonstrate his point.

Few of our readers will go through the entire presentations.

We deserve better


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