Crockett texas

United States

#1 Sep 6, 2010
Now the Crockett I S D has increased your taxes! Who will be next? Hospital? Water Authority? Oh! by the way what about city services going up! Law Suits against the city will only raise your taxes again! Changes are needed. Are you willing to help change them?
MFC

Dimmitt, TX

#2 Sep 7, 2010
The State is talking about a State Income tax now.
http://www.texasbudgetsource.com/node/599

What amazes me the most is how the school just spent all that money on the football field. Why? a decreasing enrollment and a dying city don't lend itself to expansion of debt.

As to changing things....with the fear of outsiders doing anything here....it will take decades for it to change. Only growth will allow change.
We have to drown out the local powers with numbers.
Crockett texas

United States

#3 Sep 7, 2010
Explain "drown out the local powers with numbers)
MFC

Dimmitt, TX

#4 Sep 7, 2010
I have noticed since moving here 10 or so years ago the frustration people have with local politics.

These people seem to want change but in reality they fear it....in a fair world a cop won't let you go for drunk driving just because he went to school with your mama.

If they do indeed get this world....favors are very limited and the system works as designed. Sure, I could go into a lot more detail but it's a general run of my experiences and my feelings as to why people fear the change.

As the population grows with outsiders the core group is weakened and people actually run on real issues...like their capabilities and education etc.

Then, the local powers will fade....wealthy still, but it will fade.

That's my take on it...I saw it in many smaller towns and this will be no exception.
Not saying I am for or against....just been my experience.
Houston County

Dallas, TX

#5 Sep 15, 2010
But you have to have those new people moving in and as I see it the only ones moving in are those that are already finished with their most productive years and just want to sit by the fire and rock away their remaining time on this earth. You need young productive blood to make changes and those are not being produced here, even if they were, they leave as soon as they can for greener pastures.

All the local powers want to do is tax you to build new jails and then tell you it's all for your protection.

Local power is hard to change, it is only replaced with more local power.
Beemer

Kittanning, PA

#6 Sep 17, 2010
Houston County wrote:
But you have to have those new people moving in and as I see it the only ones moving in are those that are already finished with their most productive years and just want to sit by the fire and rock away their remaining time on this earth. You need young productive blood to make changes and those are not being produced here, even if they were, they leave as soon as they can for greener pastures.
All the local powers want to do is tax you to build new jails and then tell you it's all for your protection.
Local power is hard to change, it is only replaced with more local power.
So true. That's the problem so many little towns have - everyone comes to retire. There has to be something to attract young people with kids - families that will be involved with the schools are definitely needed.
mfc

Cross Plains, TX

#7 Sep 19, 2010
Beemer wrote:
<quoted text>
So true. That's the problem so many little towns have - everyone comes to retire. There has to be something to attract young people with kids - families that will be involved with the schools are definitely needed.
I moved here when I was 42 years old and brought 3 kids to school in Latexo. I came with an open mind and was community oriented. I did get politically involved in a number of issues. To this day, I regret doing so.
Good quickly turns to evil when jealousy or fear enter the mind of a local inhabitant. I had nothing but good intentions when I offered assistance and was torn apart on fictitious stories. Of course, I don't go to church so that was the big one.
Yes, small towns are tough. My kids couldn't wait to get out, all their friends had the same feelings. Kinda a dead end I guess....
mfc

Cross Plains, TX

#8 Sep 19, 2010
Houston County wrote:
But you have to have those new people moving in and as I see it the only ones moving in are those that are already finished with their most productive years and just want to sit by the fire and rock away their remaining time on this earth. You need young productive blood to make changes and those are not being produced here, even if they were, they leave as soon as they can for greener pastures.
All the local powers want to do is tax you to build new jails and then tell you it's all for your protection.
Local power is hard to change, it is only replaced with more local power.
The area will grow, as the farmers die and the kids get the land they'll sell to anyone. Our proximity to Houston and Dallas are just too close. Of course, it won't be in my lifetime....I think we have actually regressed in the 11 years I have been here...Unless you count the jail and Trade School!!
Beemer

Hemphill, TX

#9 Sep 19, 2010
mfc wrote:
<quoted text>
I moved here when I was 42 years old and brought 3 kids to school in Latexo. I came with an open mind and was community oriented. I did get politically involved in a number of issues. To this day, I regret doing so.
Good quickly turns to evil when jealousy or fear enter the mind of a local inhabitant. I had nothing but good intentions when I offered assistance and was torn apart on fictitious stories. Of course, I don't go to church so that was the big one.
Yes, small towns are tough. My kids couldn't wait to get out, all their friends had the same feelings. Kinda a dead end I guess....
I know what you mean. We love the land, the quiet, the wildlife, etc. We tend to steer clear of the people. They talk constantly about how they want new blood and then act suspicious, saying, "Well, he's not one of us." We have a few friends we do things with occasionally and that's it. The less you know about the inner workings of the town, the more you'll keep liking it. LOL. And truthfully, these forums, specifically the Trinity one - do some damage. It's all been aired in the last 3/4 years and a lot of it was true, but I have yet to see any of it change. I think that was the hope, in the beginning - that if all this stuff is public knowledge, it will have to change. All it really seems to have done is bring out the worst element (in some cases). There are folks desperately trying to sell homes there. The school system really is as frightful as they say. Had we not left it, our child wouldn't have been prepared for college in any way. Also, have 2 kids living around Austin, so whenever we decide we need "the city" - we take a few days off and visit them.
mfc

Cross Plains, TX

#10 Sep 19, 2010
Beemer wrote:
<quoted text>
I know what you mean. We love the land, the quiet, the wildlife, etc. We tend to steer clear of the people. They talk constantly about how they want new blood and then act suspicious, saying, "Well, he's not one of us." We have a few friends we do things with occasionally and that's it. The less you know about the inner workings of the town, the more you'll keep liking it. LOL. And truthfully, these forums, specifically the Trinity one - do some damage. It's all been aired in the last 3/4 years and a lot of it was true, but I have yet to see any of it change. I think that was the hope, in the beginning - that if all this stuff is public knowledge, it will have to change. All it really seems to have done is bring out the worst element (in some cases). There are folks desperately trying to sell homes there. The school system really is as frightful as they say. Had we not left it, our child wouldn't have been prepared for college in any way. Also, have 2 kids living around Austin, so whenever we decide we need "the city" - we take a few days off and visit them.
Dang Beemer, it sounds a lot like our take...we currently have two in the Austin area and all 5 seem to want to settle there.
We thought we found paradise on the lake here but the "inner workings" have dampened our spirits.

We have pretty much decided to move on within 5 years or less? It's really a shame when progress can be retarded by a select few. But, who wants to play games as adults?

I was in the 8th grade once and don't want to live the rest of my life there.....Not trying to be a downer but....it's reality.
ENF

Jacksonville, TX

#11 Sep 20, 2010
Good schools help bring young families, but need good jobs too. We spend a lot of time, energy and effort on our elite toop 10% of kids who go to the big city, but the "middle" kids are really left out and they are the ones likely to stay and try to find work.
In the know

Dallas, TX

#12 Sep 22, 2010
The only thing you can be sure of here is death and taxes......,,"You bury the dead and the taxes go up" What little we have we owe to a dedicated group of unselfish business men in the 1960s. They are all gone now. Pity! We are left now with a Social Club, calling themselves the "chamber of commerce" a city council that can only make decisions to go up on taxes and services and are afraid to face what's really happening. So who's running the city? Come on now ! Think! Could it be a group of scared silly panty waist, who are afraid of making real decisions because of law suits and losing their meal tickets?

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