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Call to Action! Show up to Reduce Your Taxes!

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Tarrant County citizens, don’t wait until it is too late to reduce your property taxes!  Tomorrow night is YOUR LAST CHANCE to make your voice heard!

Your County Commissioners who want to continue their tax and spend policies don’t want you there.  They want to justify raising your taxes by saying “no one showed up” to protest or ask questions.  Don’t let them!  County Commissioner Andy Nguyen is giving you a chance to speak up, take it!  Early involvement is working with JPS and it can work with your tax rate as well.

We sent out a call to action when JPS wanted to quickly push through an $809 million bond package and you answered. It worked. Inside sources tell us that Robert Early, President and CEO of JPS Health Network, is fuming over the Blue Ribbon Committee’s results so far. The Committee listened to your input. They are discussing spending less money on the hospital in Downtown Fort Worth and using the funds for clinics in the communities that need them. They are looking at real change for JPS with a focus on indigent care, not competing with private hospitals. All because you answered the call and showed up.

It is time to be there again.  County Commissioner Nguyen is fighting for you and he needs backup.  He wants to implement a homestead exemption for Tarrant County. It would mean up to 20% exemption of the value of your home.  Tarrant taxes us more than liberal Dallas County! Tarrant County’s tax rate is higher with no homestead exemption, while county Dallas County’s tax rate is lower and offers a 20% homestead exemption. Yes, liberal Dallas County offers more tax breaks to homeowners that Tarrant County. This must change, but nothing will happen unless you are there.

We must FILL THE ROOM tomorrow night! Change will not happen unless we do. If you are not in Precinct 2 you still need to be there.  Your County Commissioner is not holding a Town Hall Meeting like this.  Come tomorrow night and call him out for not holding one. He will hear you. Commissioner Nguyen may not be your commissioner, but he is fighting for all of Tarrant County!

Be there, or don’t complain about your property taxes next time you write that check.

Thursday, May 18

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Sub-Courthouse-Arlington

700 E. Abram Street

Arlington, Texas 76010

Another Example of Cronyism?

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A top-ranking county official in one of Texas most conservative counties is facing harsh criticism for attempting to use his political position for personal gain.

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley recently pushed to improperly award a “no-bid” contract to a client of his government-accounting firm, Whitley-Penn.

During a November 8th, 2016 meeting of the Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court, Judge Whitley championed the idea of greater efficiency in county employee health care.

There was an urgent crisis and Whitley had the solution—pay $5,000 to a vendor, Integer Health Technologies, to study the county’s healthcare data. Then examine their findings and award Integer a $400,000-$500,000 annual contract.

The three County Commissioners present, along with several staffers, did not share Whitley’s enthusiasm for the deal.

Both Commissioners Johnson and Brooks were not pleased when It was later revealed that the initial cost rose by $12,000. Commissioner Brooks, a reliable ally of Whitley, stated, “I must admit that we’re not starting off real well going from a $5,000 expense to a $17,000 expense.”

Commissioner Nguyen firmly voiced concerns about fair bidding practices, as are required by state law.  Awarding Integer the initial contract without seeking alternative bids would give them an “unfair competitive advantage” over another vendor who could later bid for the same contract.

Whitley and Integer attempted to improperly use an exception to avoid competitive bidding by claiming the company was the “sole source” for this technology.  Sole source is a label applied to companies for which there is no competitor. But Integer is not the only company who offers this service.

Later in the meeting, Jack Beacham from the Purchasing Department expressed his desire to delay the deal and actually investigate Integer’s claims that they are sole-source. Whitley insisted this could be done after approving payment for the initial study.  According to Whitley, Integer would eventually be proven to be the only provider, so the county should just go ahead with the deal.

Whitley had clearly not done his own due diligence, as Integer’s sole-source claims were false.

A compelling motive for Whitley oversight was later revealed. Integer is a client of Whitley-Penn, the public accounting firm of which Whitley is a partner. This is the typical back room deal cronyism that plagues politics. Integer gives its business to Whitley-Penn, and then, Whitley turns around and gives Tarrant County’s business to Integer.

If it were not for the insistence of Commissioner Nguyen for the investigation into the sole-source claims, along with questions raised by other commissioners, the Integer deal would have sailed through. Without citizens engaged, many do.

It raises several important questions: What other conflicts of interest exist between Whitley and his accounting firm, considering his firm is one of the largest in the state? How many similar deals get pushed through city councils and school boards every week?

It is imperative that we watch each and every official we elect to office.  Choosing your candidate and voting is not enough. Citizens must hold their elected official accountable for each vote they cast.

The term “cronyism” is often used to describe back room dealing made between special interests and politicians in Washington D.C. or Austin.  Yet cronyism happens at all levels of government, especially at the local level.  For a recent example, look no further than Tarrant County.

Until Monday Night – I Leave You With This

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This coming Monday night, October 17th, for the first time publicly, I’ll be presenting what has been going on in Tarrant County relative to voter fraud.

The downtown crowd, like County Judge Glen Whitley, Mayor Price, and others, would have you believe all is well, there is nothing to see here — move along. Interestingly enough, they say this all the while never having seen, nor inquired about, the evidence. In typical fashion they are circling the wagons, but this time the evidence is just too overwhelming. The fact that they have shown no interest in understanding or fixing the problem should be problematic to all Tarrant County residents. Read More

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