Fighting for Transparency & Fiscal Responsibility in Local Government

De Facto State Property Tax

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In 2016, property values in Collin County increased by an average of 8.9%. No doubt, with the move of ToYoram.Solomonyota and other large companies to the County, it’s a great place to live in, and in great demand, which drives property values up. However, there is a downside to the increase in values: even while keeping similar tax rates, actual property taxes increased by almost 10%.

An increase in property values does not automatically translate into an increase in local expenditures.  Read More

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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Scope Creep: Some “Needs” are more important than others.

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Carrollton Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Wilder

Carrollton Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Wilder

On Wednesday, April 27th, the State Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief met in Arlington to receive public testimony.  During the hearing, I had the opportunity to testify. The chairman, State Sen. Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), posed a question to me regarding the spending problem during my testimony.

Below is his question and my response. Read More

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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Nobody Is Above An Ethics Policy

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Councilman Armin Mizani

Armin Mizani was first elected to the Keller City Council in 2014

When I first ran for Keller City Council in November 2014, I was motivated by what I felt was a lack of communication, transparency, and accountability from Town Hall. Effective representation at any level of government requires our elected officials to conduct themselves at the highest possible standard. Read More

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