Posts by Matt Spano

Pension Crisis: Fort Worth Employees vs. Taxpayers

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Fort Worth is in a pension crisis, which in turn has the city looking at raising property taxes significantly this year.  The pension crisis is at the heart of the proposed increase in property taxes.  It would be an increase of over 2.8% this year compared to the prior year.  However if your property had an increase in appraisal you’d see a compounded increase of that amount plus the tax increase.  For instance if your property appraised for 10% more this year, you’d have a net increase of 12.8% (appraisal plus tax increase).  

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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

If Only Fort Worth had a Doctor

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If Fort Worth only had a Doctor.

The City of Fort Worth is sick and has been for quite some time.  Unfortunately, we haven’t had anyone on the City Council that could address its illness.  It’s an illness that’s gone on for years, with the perpetual promise to fix it in the future, and yet here we are.  If only Fort Worth had a Doctor that knew how to treat and cure this disease.

Like most illnesses, you can take two paths when providing treatment.  The first is to just address the symptoms, usually making the outward appearance seem better.  Doing this only ends up masking the problem, ignoring the actual underlying issue.  Every illness must be addressed at some point, wouldn’t it be far better to cure the illness rather than mask it?

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