Sun Metro continues to shrink

July 9, 2019

Sun Metro’s performance numbers are out for the period ending May, 2019 (their third fiscal quarter):

Notice that ridership is down another 6.7% for the year.

2018 had a 5% decrease from 2017.

2017 had a 9.3% decrease from 2016.

2016 had a 9.2% decrease from 2015.

For the month of May 2019 the cost per trip was $5.22 compared to $3.73 for the same month in 2018.

Its time for a change.

We deserve better


Looking back

July 8, 2019

I wonder what will be said about our current mores 250 years from now.

We deserve better


Choosing to be uninformed

July 7, 2019

Holthink published this post recently.

In it Mr. Holt makes a good point.

Years ago, when there were fewer ways to get entertainment, virtually all broadcast stations (radio and TV) featured the news at the top of every hour.

There was no point in switching stations because the news was on every station.

Now people can avoid the news by switching to something else.

Then again many of us have heard  “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed.  If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”  I would like to attribute that to the author but cannot figure out who might have said it.

“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”–Thomas Jefferson

We deserve better


Living within our means

July 6, 2019

Our recent posts about residential, commercial, industrial, and apartment property tax rates showed that we have tax rates higher than virtually every other city among the 50 largest cities in the United States.

Remember that the voters have authorized funding a $180 million multi-purpose performing arts center and hundreds of millions in school district bonds that have not been sold yet and thus have not been added to our tax burden yet.

We deserve better



No way to avoid high property taxes in El Paso

July 5, 2019

If a commercial or industrial firm was considering opening a facility in El Paso and the managers/owners did not want to move to El Paso they would probably rent apartments.

El Paso had the second highest property tax rate applied to apartments of the 50 largest cities in the United States during 2018.

Those property taxes get passed through to the renters.

For those who cannot afford to buy a house that means high taxes.  For those that want to continue to live out of town but need a place to stay while they are here it means high taxes.

We deserve better


Independence day

July 4, 2019

From our Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.


They fought for our freedom.

I celebrate that today.

This was better


Another group that we are not attracting.

July 3, 2019

We recently wrote about El Paso having the highest industrial property tax rate among the 50 largest cities in the United States during the 2018 tax year.

Next we talked about El Paso having the highest residential property tax rate for smaller homes and the second highest rate on larger homes in those same cities.

How did we compare on commercial properties (like call centers, transportation companies and others–as opposed to industrial facilities)?

El Paso had the third highest property tax rate on all sizes of commercial properties during that period.

People who own those kinds of commercial businesses will probably find it hard to justify moving to El Paso and facing the third highest property tax rates on their commercial businesses and the first or second highest rates on their homes.

We deserve better


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