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Local Elected Official Meet to Discuss Property Taxes and Budgeting

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Last Friday, June 10th, Direct Action Texas, along with Empower Texans, sponsored their second Lean Local event at the Plano Marriott at Legacy. The attendees represented over 30 municipalities and 6 counties.

Carrollton’s Mayor Pro Tem  Anthony Wilder kicked off the half day event with Budgeting Best Practices. Wilders background as an actuarial analyst brings particular insight into how to analyze and breakdown the real numbers, the liabilities to the city and think of alternative ways to approach some of them. Collin County Judge Keith Self described why and how the appraisal value is not to blame for your increased property taxes, rather the tax rates set by your local governments. The effective tax rate was a hot topic of the day. Here is a simple overview of the effective tax rate issue:

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Winning – it’s all about messaging

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On May 7th I had the privilege of helping a couple campaigns execute a sweep of the Colleyville City Council – winning all three seats up for election. We had three challengers up against three incumbents, including the mayor of 11 years. Not only did we sweep all three seats – but our slate held together earning 62% of the vote across the board. Victories like this are cause for rejoicing.

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The Case for Disunity

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In politics the battle cry for “UNITY” is often heard. It’s an accepted philosophy that to “win” we must be united – The truth is NOTHING could be farther from the truth.

After all, politics is nothing more than the arena of ideas. As with anything, competition is a requirement for healthy outcomes.

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Taxpayer Funded Government Lobbyists: Are You Unknowingly Funding a Lobbyist?

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The 84th Legislative session in Austin was fun to watch. An intriguing debate was had surrounding “Local Control”. This debate will only grow and take higher priority on the floor of the House in upcoming sessions.

The debate about local control stems around what Austin can legislate in regards to local governments–cities, counties and special purpose districts. Often lost in this debate is the fact that those governments are themselves creations of the state; therefore the state has complete oversight.

As with any debate, there are citizens on both sides…but some citizens have more of a voice than others.

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The Texas Borrowing Binge

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Think the federal government is the only one with a debt problem? Think again.

According to the Texas Bond Review Board (BRB), the state agency charged with overseeing debt issuances, Texas’ total local debt (including principal and interest) exceeded $338 billion in 2015. This means that every man, woman and child in the state owes about $12,250 for his or her share of all the debt incurred by city, county, school and special purpose governments. And the tab for Texas taxpayers is growing fast.

Read the full article on the Forbes website.

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