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    February 18, 2018

    City of Houston Consultant Proposes 83% Property Tax Increase over Ten Years

    In September 2016, the City of Houston retained a consulting firm at a cost of $565,000 to develop a long- range financial plan to address the City’s structural budget deficits.  As was Captain Renault in Casablanca, I know that you will be shocked to learn that their principal conclusion is that you should be paying...
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    February 13, 2018

    Why are Galveston County Taxes 26% Higher than Surrounding Counties?

    As a Galveston County taxpayer, I have a simple question.  Why is Galveston County’s tax rate the 26% higher than the surrounding counties? The following table is taken directly from the Texas State Comptroller’s website which shows the effective tax rate for every county in the State.  If you would like to look at the data...
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    February 6, 2018

    Sleeping on the Job at the City

    If you have not seen Jeremy Rogalski’s story on KHOU Channel 11, “What does it take to get fired by the City”,  watch it now.  You simply will not believe it. It add insult to injury, according the City’s 2018 budget, the average all-in cost per employee now stands at $94,000 annually.  How many private companies do you know...
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    February 1, 2018

    HPD Annual Arrests Continue Long-Term Decline

    According to the City’s annual report, HPD made 51,910 arrests in FY2016-2017, down almost 10,000 from the previous year.  The decline is consistent with a downward trend since 2002, which is as far back as I have been able to find records.  Last year, HPD made less than half the arrests it made in 2007....

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