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Maximum tax increase from the city

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 08/06/2019 - 5:00am

In Sleight of hand we discussed the fact that city council voted to set next year’s tax rate at 88 cents per hundred dollars of valuation.

The next day they published in the Times a different rate of 90.73 cents which is the maximum allowable without triggering our opportunity to call a roll back election.

Today’s (Tuesday, August 6, 2019) city council agenda includes the first of two required public hearings before raising the tax rate.

How much are they asking for?

If you guessed 90.73 cents you are correct.

We deserve better


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Stop Making El Paso About Gun Control

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 10:00pm
Gun control is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. There are many homicides committed by gun […]
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Another hidden tax increase

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 5:00am

The 2020 city proposed city budget proposes an raising the environmental services department (garbage) fees from $74.1 million to $91.3 million.

Get ready for your garbage bill to go up.

This is just another tax increase.

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Donald Trump Is To Blame For El Paso

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 10:00pm
On Saturday at least 20 people were murdered by a terrorist. The terrorist drove over nine miles from […]
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ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 9:01am

I don’t know what to say.

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RumpToons No: 144

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 144!  
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Taking Care of Yourself

Max Powers - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 9:18am
When your former Congressman ran for Senate, he spent nearly two-years of his life crisscrossing the largest state in the Lower 48. Most of that time was spent on the road, eating shitty, unhealthy food and running (literally). Living like that is going to age you. Even after the race,... Max Powers
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Saturday’s open topics

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 5:00am

It’s Saturday!

Tell us what’s on your mind.

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Proof Grossman Can Steal Your Property With Historic Designation

Refuse the Juice - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 11:36am
Guys like Grossman and Bonart aren't telling people the truth. Bonart claimed Lost Dog would cost nothing - We'll be for sure north of $20 million when it's all said and done.... and your taxes are still going up in... Brad Kanus
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Sleight of hand

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 6:17am

City council voted to set the preliminary tax rate increase at 4.6 cents per hundred dollars of valuation on Monday, July 29, 2019.  That would raise the rate to 88 cents per hundred dollars.

Monday?  Aren’t city council meetings normally held on Tuesdays?

Could it be that council move the tax increase issue to a special meeting so that the public would have a harder time attending?

Or were they just trying to be nice and not bother us with trivial issues like how much tax we pay?

You should decide for yourself.

The next day the city published a tax increase notice in the Times informing us that they instead plan to raise the rate to 90.73 cents per hundred, the maximum allowed without triggering an opportunity for us to call a rollback election.


Evidently just in case they feel they actually decide to go for more.

We deserve better


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Joe Biden Is Not A Friend To Immigrants

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 10:00pm
The last two Democrat presidential candidate debates have clearly proven that Joe Biden is not a friend to […]
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Busy week - Subjects to Come

Refuse the Juice - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:29pm
Sorry so silent - lots of stuff going on. I see none of you know how to react to straight ticket voting going away. I would expect at least one of you to suggest the candidate with most patient voters... Brad Kanus
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The Border is Safe....

Max Powers - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 9:37am least one-side of it is. Per your paper, Juarez is up to no good AGAIN. I recently read THIS! You really start to wonder if this is all one big fucking game and that the drugs and migrants are all just a sideshow of what is really going on.... Max Powers
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Do they have an editor anymore?

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 5:00am

The editorial in the Saturday, July 27, 2019 Times was reprinted from the Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado).

The Camera’s title was “An administration of temp workers” and spoke about the turnover in the current administration.

The Times reprinted it with a modified title, “An presidential administration of temp workers”.

Do they even bother to read what they print”

I suspect that somewhere around the fourth grade most of us learned that the correct article would have been “A” instead of “An”.

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Joe Biden is Done

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:00pm
The great takeaway from the second CNN debate last night is that Joe Biden is done. As expected […]
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Spending disconnect

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 5:00am

The proposed 2020 city budget tells us what they think about our chances for economic growth next year.

The adopted 2019 city budget included $2,140,000 for commercial building permits.  This year they are projecting the collection of $2,000,000.  In other words they expect commercial construction to slow down.

On the residential building front they are lowering their expectations from $2,250,000 last year to $2,125,622 this year.

They anticipate increasing spending by 6% anyway.

We deserve better


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Beto Survived the CNN Debate

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 10:00pm
El Paso political observers are likely rejoicing that Beto survived the CNN debates last night. The El Paso […]
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No More Straight Ticket Voting - Lonely at the bottom... of the ticket?

Refuse the Juice - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 11:41am
It's odd to me that those with political crystal balls aren't really taking into consideration the new reality that is Texas voting - no more straight ticket options. This is going to be a big deal going forward for folks... Brad Kanus
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Just another citizen

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 5:00am

This is another letter to the editor of the Times:

After reviewing the projected costs for the $1 billion bond which the city is putting in the hands of the voters, I sat dumbfounded and wanting a better explanation from our city leaders regarding the $90.6 million they are requesting for the Police Headquarters. How in the world is it going to cost $90.6 million to renovate that old building on Raynor Street? The new WestStar tower is costing Weststar/Hunt $85 million and they are getting an 18-story state of the art facility. Seems like they could build a brand-new building with a parking lot in Downtown for that cost. As taxpayers, this should concern us all.

Larry Chaparro

East El Paso

Well how about it?

Even if they plan to build a new building instead of remodeling the one in Five Points how do they justify the $90.6 million that they are asking for?

Wouldn’t they have to hire a whole bunch more policemen to sit around in offices to justify an 18 story building?

We deserve better


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El Paso and Immigration

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 07/29/2019 - 10:00pm
Yesterday I was interviewed by a reporter for a national publication. The reporter asked me a question that […]
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