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Local governments seek upping existing $322 billion debt tab (TX)

With the May 10 election, voters in 65 jurisdictions across Texas are being asked to approve $6.5 billion ($9 billion with interest) of new debt to an already existing $322 billion local debt tab. Never mind rankings that list Texas as second only to California in total debt and second only to New York in Keep Reading…

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Denton’s red light cameras: safety measure or policing for profit? (TX)

Is the use of red light cameras to issue traffic citations truly a safety measure or another example of policing for profit?  Though safety is the sales pitch used by companies like Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., the justification and the justifier become problematic as statistics don’t necessarily support the former while allegations of corrupt business Keep Reading…

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Red River land grab lands BLM in hot water (TX)

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management might consider itself warned on the need to choose wisely one’s battles and be reminded that it’s never a good time, as the saying goes, to mess with Texas. As concerned Texas residents await clarification from the BLM on reports that the federal agency may claim 90,000 acres of Keep Reading…

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Former Irving mayor promotes seniors shifting property tax burden to non-seniors (TX)

Former Irving Mayor Herbert Gears, again running for mayor, is urging seniors’ use of a little-known Texas state law to stop paying taxes on their homes and thereby shift new tax burdens to non-seniors. Akin to Obamacare being a program based on the young and healthy financing the health care of the old and poor, Keep Reading…

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Since governments don’t, Tell the Truth Texas offers complete guide to bond elections, local debt

As the May 10 election approaches, many local government entities – school districts, cities, counties, community colleges, health/hospital districts, water districts and authorities along with other special purpose districts – are seeking new debt via bond elections. With voters paying little attention to these elections, debt levels have risen to a point of threatening not Keep Reading…

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