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City of El Paso debt=$2,670,400,000, county and school district debt=$1,600,000,000. Total $4.27 billion. Your share $19,350
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You asked for the job

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 5:00am

Mr. Max Higgs sent this in as a response to our post New year’s resolutions.

We asked what resolutions we would like our local government officials to make and keep.

1. Remember you asked for the job.
2. Remember all your employers.
3. Do your job.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Attracting industry

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 7:38am

Following up on the note about commercial property tax rates, let’s imagine that an industrial company wanted to move to El Paso and manufacture something.  Maybe they would like to make a component that one of the many plants in Mexico needs.

Or maybe the economic development people would like to attract a big manufacturer to town.

This might get in the way:

El Paso has the highest property tax rate for industrial concerns of the largest 50 cities in the United States.

Looking at the average rates we are close to twice as high.

We deserve better

Brutus

 

Categories: Local Blogs

A little help here, please

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 5:00am

Can any of the readers tell us what the ramifications of this city council agenda item are:

A Resolution that 1) the City Council hereby supports the introduction and passage of legislation during the current Texas legislative session creating a municipal management district (“District”) encompassing the City-owned approximately 2,313 acres situated in the northeast part of the City of El Paso (“NE Parcel”) and exchanged with FSW Investments, LP (“FSW”) for approximately 44 acres situated in the northwest part of the City on November 13, 2018 through Ordinance No. 018871 provided that such legislation does not substantially differ from the legislation attached hereto as Exhibit A, which is incorporated hereby by reference and for all purposes; 2) the City Council hereby directs the City Manager to publish notice of intent to introduce legislation creating a municipal management district encompassing the NE Parcel as soon as possible, without waiting for closing on the land exchange transaction; and further directs the City Manager to submit legislation for the creation of said district following the required thirty (30) day waiting period following notice of intent publication; and 3) the City and FSW are currently negotiating a variety of issues regarding development of the NE Parcel and the District, which include without limitation, issues related to public improvements to be constructed, the method of financing of those improvements, and numerous other issues, which will require time to conclude. Therefore, this resolution in support of the legislation creating the District and directing the City Manager to initiate the District creation process does not constitute consent to the creation of this District as required by Section 59, Article XVI of the Texas Constitution, and the City specifically reserves the right to consent to the District.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Taxing us out of business

Sun, 01/06/2019 - 5:00am

Let’s say that our job is to recruit new businesses to El Paso.

How should we try to get around this?

According to the 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study from the Lincoln Institute El Paso had the 4th highest commercial property tax rates of the largest 50 cities in the United States.

If you look at our rates and the average rates we are generally 1/3 higher than the other cities.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Saturday is open for your input

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 5:00am

It’s open line Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Request for information

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 5:00am

Can anyone tell us if this is true?

When the city has construction work done for itself city inspectors do not check the work.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Best local government official

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 5:00am

The floor is open for nominations for best local government official.

Please tell us why you have nominated this person.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

New year’s resolutions

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 5:00am

If you could get a local government official to make (and keep)  a new year’s resolution what would it be?

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Happy new year!

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 5:00am

We would like to wish everyone a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year.

Thank you for your continued interest.

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Amature night

Sun, 12/30/2018 - 7:43am

Please be safe tonight.

Caution can be a good thing.

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Tell us what you are thinking

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 6:49am

Its open forum Saturday.

Last week was interesting.

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Sun Metro’s 2017 results

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 6:16am

I was looking for the city’s 2018 comprehensive annual financial report and was only able to find the 2017 one.

I suppose that the new one will be out soon.

In the 2017 report I found this:

Sun Metro Mass Transit operating revenues decreased $676 thousand to $11.6 million primarily due to decreased revenues from fares.  Ridership has slipped as lower gas prices offer alternatives for transportation.  The sales tax subsidy increased $862 thousand.

Operating expenses increased $1.1 million to $80.1 million…

Fuel expense decreased $774 thousand..

Maintenance and repair decreased $985 thousand

Let’s recap

It cost $80 million to run the service.  They collected $11.6 million from their customers.

They lost customers.  They benefited from lower fuel prices.

Yet even after the fuel and repair savings they spend $1.1 million more.

We deserve better

Brutus

 

Categories: Local Blogs

EPISD trustee finds her job to be too hard

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 5:00am

We now have an EPISD trustee leaving her job to take a new job working for our congresswoman elect.

According to an article in the Times the decision was a difficult one for her:

  • “This decision was made less difficult however by the increasing challenge that I have had getting questions answered and concerns addressed,” Byrd writes. “This lack of access to information has made it harder for me to effectively advocate for and communicate to my constituents.”

Really?  She had to work hard to do her job.  To me that is not a valid reason to consider quitting.

Reality

The end result is that she got a job that pays.  Let someone else fend for the children, their parents and the taxpayers even though she committed to do the job.

At this point we don’t know how much she will be paid but that information will be publicly available next year.

It appears that this gives the board of trustees the ability to choose her replacement, probably guaranteeing another vote for whatever they want to do.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Glitter everywhere

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 9:29am

Would anyone object if I proposed the banning of all glitter?

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Christmas greeting

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 5:00am

Merry Christmas.

Thank you for your continued interest.

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

The night before Christmas

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 5:00am

Many of us will be attending Christmas Eve functions tonight.

Remember that Uber and Lyft are available.

Please be safe.

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

A question about the Brio bus stops

Sun, 12/23/2018 - 7:48am

Some of the readers have been pointing out the cement work done in front of the Brio bus stops.

The Brio buses stop at every red stop light.

Will they damage the roads at the stop lights?  A Brio bus will stop at more stop lights during its circuit than it will at bus stops.

If they won’t then I wonder why the bus stops need special attention.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Open forum Saturday

Sat, 12/22/2018 - 5:00am

What would you like to discuss today?

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Brio bus stops

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 6:22am

People have contacted me and asked why the Brio bus stops have to be special.

Actually they don’t.

The one at Mesa and Argonaut is a regular bus stop with a Brio sign.

https://www.google.com/maps/@31.8090047,-106.5106369,3a,73.6y,98.18h,63.54t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sdwjsKbepUEk9tKeljsoQ-w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Is the Times a newspaper?

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 5:00am

It looks to me like it is official now.

We no longer have a daily English language newspaper in El Paso.

As you know there were two city council runoff elections in El Paso last Saturday.

The Sunday paper made no mention of the results.

This is probably because much of the work of publishing the Times has been moved out of town.

Evidently they can no longer bring us the daily news.

The local events that they cover are written about some days after they occur.

We do get to read their opinions disguised as reporting.

 

We deserve better

Brutus

 

Categories: Local Blogs


by Dr. Radut