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Judge Francisco Dominguez Clarification

El Paso News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 7:03am
The following media release was sent out by Francisco Dominguez. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2020 MEDIA CONTACT: Malissa Arras EMAIL: info@voteforoctavio.com PHONE: 915-867-5232 EL PASO, TEXAS: Local media has recently reported on the arrest of Isaac Dorfman, a man accused of randomly stabbing a five year old girl who was playing inside of a […]
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Open line Saturday

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 6:00am

It’s Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

We deserve better

Brutus

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They are getting more sophisticated

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 6:00am

Let’s hand it to the city for figuring out another way to scam the taxpayers.

The way property taxes work in Texas requires the city to figure out how much money they raised in property taxes last year.

They they look at what the same properties are appraised at this year and must tell us the tax rate that will bring in the same amount of money.  This is called the effective tax rate.  If property values go down they can raise their effective tax rate thus bringing in the same amount of money as last year.  If property values go up they must lower their effective tax rate.  New properties are not part of the equation.

From there if they want to raise more money they are now capped at an increase to the effective tax rate of no more than 2.5%.  If they want to go over 2.5% the voters must be given an opportunity to vote on the issue.

Simple huh?

Well this year as it turns out our central appraisal district folks took a conservative view on commercial property values.  They subtracted 3.3% from what they thought commercial properties were worth just in case the commercial property owners decided to fight their valuations.

This is nothing new, they do it every year.

What was new was the 3.3%.  Normally they take a 1.8% reduction on average.  The net effect according to the city’s own chart was that the city set their tax rate using the 3.3% decrease instead of the 1.8% norm.

The actual calculation requires a little bit of algebra so I will just use the city’s chief financial officer’s numbers.  He said in a city council meeting recently that the result was $10 million of additional revenue to the city.  He then said “we’re over collecting on property taxes”.  The city manager then stepped in and said that they were not really over collecting they were just collecting based upon what the central appraisal district came up with.

The city chief financial officer told city council that city staff did not agree with the evaluation but they used it anyway.

That was really convenient for them.

In reality the city knew that the historical value was 1.8% but used the 3.3% number without taking it back to the central appraisal district for a better understanding.

If they claim that they did not know then they are saying that they are incompetent.

We deserve better

Brutus

 

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El Paso Is Not Immigrant Friendly

El Paso News - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 5:45am
There continues to be this false notion that El Paso is immigrant friendly. It is not. As readers may know, Donald Trump has tasked the Border Patrol to deport as many undocumented immigrants as quickly as possible. Trump has also declared war on “sanctuary cities.” Guess which city is not targeted by Trump? That would […]
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The Michael Bloomberg Fail

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 11:00pm
There has been some buzz lately about Michael Bloomberg rising through the Democrat primary as the potential challenger […]
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Degenerate Art in the Time of Facebook

El Paso News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 11:27am
The El Paso News is committed to freedom of expression.  Such venues as this blog are more important today than they were just a few years ago, as social networking platforms become more censorious than a small town’s watchdogs on the contents of libraries.   Around 3:00 am, a fit of insomnia had me hanging […]
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Like a Fine Wine

Max Powers - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 8:11am
Switching gears from political bullshit, let us talk about your other favorite topic...ME. "Max, you are a beautiful man. How do you do it?" "Max, are you getting younger?" It is all very confusing. Hell, it is confusing for me. But I have taken some steps to try to make... Max Powers
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Taking time to reflect

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 6:00am

It seems that some people think they are getting exercise when they jump to conclusions.

We deserve better

Brutus

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When Mexicans Forced the Texas Rangers to Surrender

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 11:00pm
Many Americans remember the Alamo as the beginning of the Anglo take-over of land occupied by Mexicans. There […]
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How El Paso Became The County Seat & Ft. Bliss Was Reopened

El Paso News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 6:36pm
American history usually glosses over many historical details especially when it does not fit the Anglo-centric worldview of what is real. The issue of Duranguito and the ongoing de-Mexicanization of El Paso is not new. Rather it has been ongoing since Texas revolted from México. Most El Paso residents do not know, or have forgotten […]
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Out with the trash!

El Paso News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 2:10pm
Tell us how you really feel?
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What the F, Forma? Part Deux

Max Powers - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 8:41am
What is going on with Dee Margo? Dee Margo being a former legislator should know the importance of counting votes before bringing anything to a vote. But then maybe one-term was not enough to learn that. That being said, the folks consulting him, Forma Group, has a much more accomplished... Max Powers
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Texas house seat for sale?

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 6:00am

Mr. Grossman tipped us off to this chart on transparencytexas.org:

Notice how little of the money raised came from within district 76.

I can only conclude that outsiders are trying to buy a vote.

We deserve better

Brutus

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The Lawless King

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:00pm
Donald Trump went on a pardon spree yesterday commuting sentences and pardoning others. Looking at who Trump is […]
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Las Vegas

Max Powers - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 8:10am
I am dumb and do not know any better. So I am asking for your help here. That picture is of a $2.5 billion proposed project. "Uh...Max, that is Dallas." Well, no shit, Sherlock. "Why are you talking about Dallas then?" Well, the group behind this project is De La... Max Powers
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Partying on our dime

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 6:00am

South by Southwest is coming again in March.

Will our city and county elected officials spend our money again to go to this party?

In the past they have told us that going is good for our economy.

Have they ever produced any results?

We deserve better

Brutus

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El Paso Matters and Why The Money Matters

El Paso News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 5:15am
As readers may have noted, former El Paso Times editor, Robert Moore launched his El Paso Matters news site on Monday. Moore has been raising money for his venture since about April of 2019 through the El Paso Community Foundation. The business model that Moore is using is based on the idea that rather than […]
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When Border Officials Look the Other Way

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 11:00pm
One of the loudest arguments for locking up the border in the name of security is the idea […]
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Two poems on child detention at the Border and la cultura fronteriza

El Paso News - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 2:52pm
On Sunday May 12, 2019 I was honored to present these two poems at the El Paso Mother’s Day Rally to End Family Separation and Child Detention.  Donna Snyder Tornillo Life is short for children detained in cages. Just like livestock was one ill-considered defense. Children housed in tents under a fierce desert sun, small […]
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Jaime Abeytia and His Scooter

El Paso News - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 12:23pm
So, there is some speculation about Jaime Abeytia and his scooter making the rounds on social media. I’ve been asked several times if I was aware of the status of Abeytia’s driver’s license. Does Jaime […]
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