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).
Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood, along with District Attorney Erleigh Wiley, have gone unchecked for years and have cost the county dearly. The ticketing scandal we’ve previously reported on is even worse than it appears on the surface.
In 2014, Kaufman County entered into a contract with American Traffic Solutions that caused the county to act outside its legal authority – issuing illegal traffic citations to its citizens – and imposed a significant cost to county taxpayers. The unlawful contract also resulted in illegal financial transactions and a lack of transparency.
By championing the ATS contract, Wood violated the public trust. By failing to blow the whistle on the entire scandal, or investigate any wrongdoing by those involved, Wiley is derelict in her duty to Kaufman taxpayers.
Conservatives are the bull’s-eye of weaponized government. Nowhere was this more apparent than Lois Lerner’s deliberate attacks on Tea Party groups. Until now, the full force of the so-called Texas Ethics Commission was a well-used weapon in that governmental arsenal. Their latest misfire against Empower Texans will change that fact. The commissioners themselves are now targets of some serious scrutiny and legal action from the very group they tried to attack.
Michael Quinn Sullivan, founder of Empower Texans puts it this way, “Our lawsuit will hold these commissioners personally liable for their unconstitutional actions. They tried to use us as an excuse to silence all Texans, and instead we will use them as a warning to anyone in power who tries to abuse the public trust. Don’t mess with Texans’ constitutional rights.”
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