Fighting for Transparency & Fiscal Responsibility in Local Government

An Open Letter to Brian Byrd

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Fort Worth Council Member Byrd,

As a strong supporter of your campaign, I am frustrated with how you have governed in your short time on the Fort Worth City Council.  I supported you because you promised to fight for conservative principles, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility and budgeting.

Fort Worth still has one of the highest property tax rates in DFW. Just last year, you voted to reduce the tax rate, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Due to skyrocketing appraisal values, your vote still raised property taxes on existing residents by $19.6 million. The budget you voted for increased property tax revenue by 8 percent in total, and now you’re supporting two massive bond packages, which will raise property taxes even more. Excessive local debt is something you specifically campaigned against. Read More

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