El Paso home prices still rising, but slower

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El Paso home prices rose at a much slower pace last year. The median sales price, or the market's midpoint, for El Paso used homes increased 3.4 percent last year to $131,900, show preliminary data released ...
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GUNSLINGER915

El Paso, TX

#21 Feb 19, 2008
"Home prices rising in El Paso" is just another fraud created by Mayor C(r)ook and the Central Appraisal District. That way they are all clear to raise "YOUR property values and subsequently YOUR taxes AGAIN and AGAIN." Has to raise OUR taxes again anyway to pay for HIS fight with Texas and ASARCO. Northeast El Paso, thousands of homes being built(BY ILLEGAL WORKERS) and majority of them remain empty, unsold. Some people have moved in only long enough, I guess, to find out how much property taxes gona be, then expediously went and got the u-haul and got out as fast as they could. So if thats what hizhonor the Mayor and cronies call a "fast moving housing market", guess you have to say they are right. As for wages??? well understand the Mayor has couple more "call centers" waiting in the wings.

Since: Jan 08

currently DC metro area

#22 Feb 19, 2008
Mark B wrote:
<quoted text>
It is you who is misguided sir..So many who I speak with tell me the Mayor and Council are doing a good job..
As I said before....home ownership is still better than renting with all the benefits of the tax advantages available. That is something you keep ignoring....I see your agenda....clearly!
If you guessed that my AGENDA is to have lower property taxes and better government representation, without the thieving, then you figured me out.
GUNSLINGER915

El Paso, TX

#23 Feb 19, 2008
Soldier First wrote:
<quoted text>
If you guessed that my AGENDA is to have lower property taxes and better government representation, without the thieving, then you figured me out.
Well Soldier if you really think that all the lying, conniving, Taxation without any Representation is going to stop in El Paso, then I certainly do have a bridge or will find one in Arizona, to sell you. You, me , people just like us write all these articles and hope that things in El Paso will get better for "The working Man". But IF or until such time as "We the People", decide to get out, vote and "kick all the local politicos under the bus", come election time, especially John Cook and Byrd, O'Rourk; etc. Then "we" have no chance of making anything better in El Paso. People whine and cry about the "rights of Illegals. Now if we could get a million El Pasoans marching down to City Hall , protesting unfair taxes, "WE' might be heard. But as it is, I can't see that ever happening. And so John Cook and his cronies will do whatever they want to "us" and "we" refuse to do anything about it. It's only people like MARK B , who apparently likes this "Taxation without any Representation" form of Government in El Paso. You know the old "foot on the neck" deal.

“El Paso-A Fine Place”

Since: Apr 07

El Paso, Texas

#24 Feb 19, 2008
The last time I checked all that sit on Council were voted in by the people of El Paso... This is still a democratic country where people who are elected are to do business in the best interest of everyone, not just a few....right?

When time comes you will be able to exercise your right to vote for the peson you wish...That is the American way.

The Council that sits at City Hall is doing what they should be doing...taking care of business. They are doing a great job and have shown they are the most responsbile, progressive group to sit on council in many years...

Soldier First...you have good government here and Gunslinger thank God our Council is responsible..

Taxation with Responsibility is KEY!!!!
Norrin

Las Vegas, NV

#25 Feb 19, 2008
Let's be honest here, the reason people leave El Paso are mainly: 1) better employment opportunities elsewhere, 2) high El Paso taxes, 3) high percentage of Spanish speakers (if you're Anglo), 4) depressed wages in El Paso, and 5) looking for a more exciting life overall. I might have missed some, but I think I captured the main ones. I can't see how El Pasoans can survive with a continued increase in property taxes. El Paso does not have a considerable industrial base from which to extract taxes. So it has to wring it out of the public, which is among the poorest in the country. If you look at the job opportunities in the city webpage, you'll notice there are alot of high paid positions being advertised. I've read that El Paso has these high paying positions because they want to compete with cities like Dallas and Austin. That is never going to happen. The industrial base is so much stronger in those cities. It's real sad when the best jobs in El Paso will be found in government. That should tell you plenty.

--A very saddened former El Pasoan

“El Paso-A Fine Place”

Since: Apr 07

El Paso, Texas

#26 Feb 20, 2008
Norrin wrote:
Let's be honest here, the reason people leave El Paso are mainly: 1) better employment opportunities elsewhere, 2) high El Paso taxes, 3) high percentage of Spanish speakers (if you're Anglo), 4) depressed wages in El Paso, and 5) looking for a more exciting life overall. I might have missed some, but I think I captured the main ones. I can't see how El Pasoans can survive with a continued increase in property taxes. El Paso does not have a considerable industrial base from which to extract taxes. So it has to wring it out of the public, which is among the poorest in the country. If you look at the job opportunities in the city webpage, you'll notice there are alot of high paid positions being advertised. I've read that El Paso has these high paying positions because they want to compete with cities like Dallas and Austin. That is never going to happen. The industrial base is so much stronger in those cities. It's real sad when the best jobs in El Paso will be found in government. That should tell you plenty.
--A very saddened former El Pasoan
High El Paso Taxes? Texas does not have a state income tax..Nevada does. El Paso's taxes are comparable to other Texas cities.

El Paso ranks fifth in income growth...

El Paso has an active community events calendar and growing and supported.

Native El Pasoans are coming back...especially then younger ones.

Taxes and interest are tax deductable. We get a bunch back plus what we pay in sales taxes is also deductable.

El Paso's industrial base will grow and downtown will be redeveloped. Call centers are becoming a major key..Phoenix used them to grow their base 25 years ago. Defense and Pharmacuetical are next.

Medicine, Military, Manufacturing will help. Commerce /Trade will be at the forefront.

English is the language of El Paso. As long as we do business with Mexico we need Spanish speakers. It would be nice to see Mexico push Ingles.. Bilingualism should be embraced.

Plus our water resources are in great shape.. El Paso leads in desal technology... and water management of the Rio Grande has been resolved. El Paso's water plan is in better shape than LV is...

El Paso is poised for great times.
ASARCO

El Paso, TX

#27 Feb 20, 2008
Mark B wrote:
<quoted text>
High El Paso Taxes? Texas does not have a state income tax..Nevada does. El Paso's taxes are comparable to other Texas cities.
El Paso ranks fifth in income growth...
El Paso has an active community events calendar and growing and supported.
Native El Pasoans are coming back...especially then younger ones.
Taxes and interest are tax deductable. We get a bunch back plus what we pay in sales taxes is also deductable.
El Paso's industrial base will grow and downtown will be redeveloped. Call centers are becoming a major key..Phoenix used them to grow their base 25 years ago. Defense and Pharmacuetical are next.
Medicine, Military, Manufacturing will help. Commerce /Trade will be at the forefront.
English is the language of El Paso. As long as we do business with Mexico we need Spanish speakers. It would be nice to see Mexico push Ingles.. Bilingualism should be embraced.
Plus our water resources are in great shape.. El Paso leads in desal technology... and water management of the Rio Grande has been resolved. El Paso's water plan is in better shape than LV is...
El Paso is poised for great times.
I wanna work for ASARCO!
Wont Go Back to EP

Billerica, MA

#28 Feb 20, 2008
Ah Mark B., I don't know who is grooming you for which El Paso government job, but they are getting thier dollars/pesos worth. Some day you'll take the red pill and the reality you see will be different, very different. Then you do the right, smart thing. YOu'll move to some place that won't try every day to suck more life out of you.
El Paso is a black hole, once you start spinning into the depths of the hole, you find it increasingly hard to get out. Its not impossible but you have to seek a way out.
Take a real look Mark B, City/County governments and services don't give a flyin' leap about the El Paso "public", public is just what the use to pay for the things that make them richer.
Take a close look at the property taxes down town and who owns the buildings that lose value every year while the elderly home owners in North East who have been on fixed incomes for years get the taxes raised EVERY year.
Look at the businesses that get tax breaks to sign 3-5-10 year contracts to move to El Paso to take advantage of the cheap labor, then at the end of the agreement, when El Paso should start to benefit from the business being a paid member of El Paso's tax base, they pull up and move to Mexico, usually taking the management they found in EL Paso with them.
EL Paso's only looming great purpose is to support the flow up cash up the ladder, and that's NOT where the PEOPLE of El Paso live or work. But if you study hard Mark B, you'll find a place that will welcome you, just keep inviting others into the hole.....
GUNSLINGER915

El Paso, TX

#29 Feb 20, 2008
Wont Go Back to EP wrote:
Ah Mark B., I don't know who is grooming you for which El Paso government job, but they are getting thier dollars/pesos worth. Some day you'll take the red pill and the reality you see will be different, very different. Then you do the right, smart thing. YOu'll move to some place that won't try every day to suck more life out of you.
El Paso is a black hole, once you start spinning into the depths of the hole, you find it increasingly hard to get out. Its not impossible but you have to seek a way out.
Take a real look Mark B, City/County governments and services don't give a flyin' leap about the El Paso "public", public is just what the use to pay for the things that make them richer.
Take a close look at the property taxes down town and who owns the buildings that lose value every year while the elderly home owners in North East who have been on fixed incomes for years get the taxes raised EVERY year.
Look at the businesses that get tax breaks to sign 3-5-10 year contracts to move to El Paso to take advantage of the cheap labor, then at the end of the agreement, when El Paso should start to benefit from the business being a paid member of El Paso's tax base, they pull up and move to Mexico, usually taking the management they found in EL Paso with them.
EL Paso's only looming great purpose is to support the flow up cash up the ladder, and that's NOT where the PEOPLE of El Paso live or work. But if you study hard Mark B, you'll find a place that will welcome you, just keep inviting others into the hole.....
Apparently Mark B. makes a bundle off of whatever he does for the people at City Hall. The ONLY people that John C(r)ook , Byrd and the rest look out for are themselves. Their ONLY goal is to tax US as much as THEY can for as long as THEY can and to waste as much money as they can on whatever THEY want. WE can't get street lights on. WE can't get street lights lite. WE Have streets THEY are not fixing, that are nothing more than one big pot hole. WE can't get decent garbage service, thats why WE throw trash bags all over town. WE can't get ANY people to REPRESENT US and that's why John C(r)ook and the rest need to be thrown out come election time. Cook's personal vendetta with ASARCO is just another fraud part of it all. And HE is going to waste MILLIONS more of OUR money to sue Texas and the Commission. The whole farce is worth some kind of "deal" to him. If he is soooooo worried about US and pollution, why doesn't HE say something, do something about Mexico throwing a brown cloud across our city everyday. Why doesn't he do something about the refinery pollution or Phelps Dodge. Any political "contributions" out there, maybe???? From all the comments, seems like Mark B. is the ONLY person getting something, anything from the people at City Hall.
Wont Go Back to EP

Tewksbury, MA

#30 Feb 22, 2008
When Crook "worked" for the Northeast you just had to drive around and see how HE looks at his "duties". Eastside, Westside center dividers in the roads, nice gravel or bush landscaping, Crook had the same budget, his were dirt, over grown into the roads, once a month 3 guys with a mower and blower would come out and grind it all down and blow it onto the side of the road. What the heck, its ONLY Northeast.Besides why spend the money making it look nice, everyone is moving to the Eastside. Pocket the money or give to one of his "homies", then run for Mayor. Then he doesn't have to beautify ANYTHING, just spend, spend, spend! He can't be out of money, they just raised the property taxes!
His BIG beautification idea, or one he supports because his homies own the buildings is the Downtown "reviatization". Who the hell wants to go Downtown? Especially after dark when the "theatre" will be doing Mexican Operas?
Its hard to beleive that not one single member of the City Councel, County Commissioners, Mayors Office, Tax Assessors office or even the Police or Fire Departments have enough concience to stand up to the corrupt EP government and question just one of the pin headed ideas that cross thru the "public" meetings they hold.
Well, with any luck at all the FBI will get some dirt stirred with at least one office and make room for an inquizitive mind that actually cares about El Paso.
Steve Martin says........ NNNNNnnnaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!

And I know I misspelled words. I graduated from high school IN El Paso....
Norrin

Las Vegas, NV

#31 Feb 22, 2008
Mark B wrote:
<quoted text>
High El Paso Taxes? Texas does not have a state income tax..Nevada does. El Paso's taxes are comparable to other Texas cities.
El Paso ranks fifth in income growth...
El Paso has an active community events calendar and growing and supported.
Native El Pasoans are coming back...especially then younger ones.
Taxes and interest are tax deductable. We get a bunch back plus what we pay in sales taxes is also deductable.
El Paso's industrial base will grow and downtown will be redeveloped. Call centers are becoming a major key..Phoenix used them to grow their base 25 years ago. Defense and Pharmacuetical are next.
Medicine, Military, Manufacturing will help. Commerce /Trade will be at the forefront.
English is the language of El Paso. As long as we do business with Mexico we need Spanish speakers. It would be nice to see Mexico push Ingles.. Bilingualism should be embraced.
Plus our water resources are in great shape.. El Paso leads in desal technology... and water management of the Rio Grande has been resolved. El Paso's water plan is in better shape than LV is...
El Paso is poised for great times.
You don't know what you're talking about. Nevada does not have a state income tax. The tax rate in El Paso is most likely the highest in Texas, and, it has a woefully weaker industrial base than all major Texas cities. This means that the people have to take the brunt of every tax increase because there is not a sufficient industrial base to tax. El Paso ranks fifth in income growth? Are you talking about the state or the country? Downtown redevelopment in any city means more than just replastering old buildings and repaving streets, it means bringing industry and more people to shop and live there. And I mean by the thousands, not just a couple of dozen. Does it really have an active calendar? Compare it to other cities roughly its size and you'll discover just how "active" our calendar is. Call centers bring little value to an economy (it's basically low wage if not minimum wage). Phoenix grew not because of the call centers, it grew because the state of Arizona used almost its entire resource base to make it a hub in the Southwest. It was a successful effort. El Pasoans that are returning is a phenomenom that has a long history. Most dynamic cities have an influx of people from various parts of the nation, ensuring a good mix of ideas and cultures. Pharmaceuticals will never come to El Paso. All other areas you mentioned are unlikely to materialize due to competitition from other cities. Although English is the language of El Paso, a significant portion of its population does not speak it (and that may be a deterrent for new areas of economic growth). Commerce and trade with Mexico benefits cities like Dallas and Chicago more than it does El Paso. El Paso is used only as a warehousing station (again, low wages). Bilingualism should be embraced, but people that don't know Spanish should not be denied employment (many are in El Paso). Taxes and interest are tax deductible? I've heard of interest in your 12-month mortgage being tax deductible, but which taxes are you referring to that are tax deductible? El Paso's water situation may have improved, but the El Paso Water Utilities refusal to provide large amount of water to high-water use industries (like semi-connductor manufacturing) has hindered its chances to attract high-paying jobs. Jusk ask Intel in Albuquerque. El Paso had a shot to land Intel here, but we were unwilling to provide water to its plant.
You see, there are huge problems that El Paso has to overcome in order for it to become a dynamic city. Everything you mentioned will not do it. No one really knows the answer, or maybe there isn't an answer. I see El Paso as a second-tier city for decades to come. I may be wrong (and I hope I am), but the odds favor me rather than you.
GUNSLINGER915

El Paso, TX

#32 Feb 22, 2008
Mark B wrote:
The last time I checked all that sit on Council were voted in by the people of El Paso... This is still a democratic country where people who are elected are to do business in the best interest of everyone, not just a few....right?
When time comes you will be able to exercise your right to vote for the peson you wish...That is the American way.
The Council that sits at City Hall is doing what they should be doing...taking care of business. They are doing a great job and have shown they are the most responsbile, progressive group to sit on council in many years...
Soldier First...you have good government here and Gunslinger thank God our Council is responsible..
Taxation with Responsibility is KEY!!!!
I got it!!!.. I know who your are now. MARK B is the guy who reads the PROPAGANDA list on the mayor's desk.. You know, every time somebody ask a question, they look at the list to 'splain it. Taking care of "whose" business??? They are supposed to be taking care of OUR business. But the Mayor and City Council and every other politico in El Paso, are ALL in "business" for themselves and whatever they can get from "US". Responsibility????? I have to agree the Mayor and City Council are "Responsible". They are responsible for ALL the problems that the people of El Paso have and do absolutely NOTHING about them. No the "KEY" word is still: EL PASO, TAXES--WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION. Are how about: WELCOME TO EL PASO, TAXES. MARK B. You should probably go tell the Mayor and his cronies you need another job. This "Propaganda" thing really not working out well for you at all.

“El Paso-A Fine Place”

Since: Apr 07

El Paso, Texas

#33 Feb 23, 2008
GUNSLINGER915 wrote:
<quoted text> I got it!!!.. I know who your are now. MARK B is the guy who reads the PROPAGANDA list on the mayor's desk.. You know, every time somebody ask a question, they look at the list to 'splain it. Taking care of "whose" business??? They are supposed to be taking care of OUR business. But the Mayor and City Council and every other politico in El Paso, are ALL in "business" for themselves and whatever they can get from "US". Responsibility????? I have to agree the Mayor and City Council are "Responsible". They are responsible for ALL the problems that the people of El Paso have and do absolutely NOTHING about them. No the "KEY" word is still: EL PASO, TAXES--WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION. Are how about: WELCOME TO EL PASO, TAXES. MARK B. You should probably go tell the Mayor and his cronies you need another job. This "Propaganda" thing really not working out well for you at all.
Gunslinger..I have told you before and I will tell you now....YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE...!

THESE PEOPLE IN OFFICE WERE ELECTED! NEXT TIME AROUND , YOU WILL haVE A CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS.

And I take exception to the derogatory remarks toward our Mayor, City Council and City Manager. Anyone who studies what is going on at City Hall know this administration has done what was needed to take care of the city's financial and economic development. You call this smart business.

Yes sir.....the naysayers are crying in their beer! About time...they hurt this city.

EL PASO IS POISED FOR MANY GOOD YEARS! HELPS US TO MAKE IT A GREAT CITY!
Wont Go Back to EP

Billerica, MA

#34 Feb 25, 2008
So sad Mark B.. While you may BE in EL Paso, you obviously are not a home owner in El Paso, nor do you seem to do your taxes. If you would read Norrin's post, maybe print it and pass it on to Crook and Co., MAYBE, just maybe, they would do something to put El Paso on a path for "many good years" instead of the continued blood sucking of residents that it is currently poised for.
It hurts me to watch my family and friends who still live there take such pride in thier work and thier homes and then get nailed on the taxes while the commissioners buildings get devaluated and Crook and the boys get a raise.
My neices graduated with 4.0 and higher GPAs and EL Paso had call center jobs for them?$8.50/hr to a 4.0 grad? El Paso has no plans for them so they'll move to some place else. More talent going to a city with a future.
One day Mark I guess you'll run for office with your delusions. Crook and co will probably support you.We'll see what you do then. Take the money and turn your eyes or put it back into the city.

“El Paso-A Fine Place”

Since: Apr 07

El Paso, Texas

#35 Feb 25, 2008
Wont Go Back to EP wrote:
So sad Mark B.. While you may BE in EL Paso, you obviously are not a home owner in El Paso, nor do you seem to do your taxes. If you would read Norrin's post, maybe print it and pass it on to Crook and Co., MAYBE, just maybe, they would do something to put El Paso on a path for "many good years" instead of the continued blood sucking of residents that it is currently poised for.
It hurts me to watch my family and friends who still live there take such pride in thier work and thier homes and then get nailed on the taxes while the commissioners buildings get devaluated and Crook and the boys get a raise.
My neices graduated with 4.0 and higher GPAs and EL Paso had call center jobs for them?$8.50/hr to a 4.0 grad? El Paso has no plans for them so they'll move to some place else. More talent going to a city with a future.
One day Mark I guess you'll run for office with your delusions. Crook and co will probably support you.We'll see what you do then. Take the money and turn your eyes or put it back into the city.
I have owned homes in El Paso for the last thirty five years and have always paid my taxes, without complaint. WE pay no state income tax so how how the local governmental agenices suppose to operate?

Enjoy Mass.: the highest taxed state in the union. You may earn more but you pay a lot, lot more for that priviledge. Your real estate isd collapsing and the big dicth is a prime example of corruption at the local, state and federal level. So don't throw any rocks at our elected officals. Yours back east are the worst especially the one sitting in the Whitehouse.

And Nevada??????? Without the Sin Bussiness they push there, LV would be nothing more than a dust bowl. And soon their growth may stop due to a lack of water... Nevada, as a state, is in trouble. When you have to depend on sin for your revenue, your dead meat.

Please "Won't go BAck"... don't come back until your attitude is adjusted. Plenty of people here who want to progress El Paso.
Patience

El Paso, TX

#36 Feb 25, 2008
Mark B wrote:
<quoted text>
High El Paso Taxes? Texas does not have a state income tax..Nevada does. El Paso's taxes are comparable to other Texas cities.
El Paso ranks fifth in income growth...
El Paso has an active community events calendar and growing and supported.
Native El Pasoans are coming back...especially then younger ones.
Taxes and interest are tax deductable. We get a bunch back plus what we pay in sales taxes is also deductable.
El Paso's industrial base will grow and downtown will be redeveloped. Call centers are becoming a major key..Phoenix used them to grow their base 25 years ago. Defense and Pharmacuetical are next.
Medicine, Military, Manufacturing will help. Commerce /Trade will be at the forefront.
English is the language of El Paso. As long as we do business with Mexico we need Spanish speakers. It would be nice to see Mexico push Ingles.. Bilingualism should be embraced.
Plus our water resources are in great shape.. El Paso leads in desal technology... and water management of the Rio Grande has been resolved. El Paso's water plan is in better shape than LV is...
El Paso is poised for great times.
I'll be poised for the great times...if they come. In the meanwhile, we'll be trying to find a buyer for our wonderful home. Cost of living estimates for about 24 cities and towns in states with no state income tax show we can get a far bigger bang for our buck than in El Paso.(By the way, Nevada has no state income tax.)Schools are better. Customer service is a willing way of life. No Chico's Tacos. People speak English and they fly the American flag not the Mexican flag. Have you ever driven from one state to the other from Virginia to Alabama, say? It makes you have chills to see the American flag flying everyday at homes across the south. You feel so proud. We were traveling and came upun a funeral procession. Cars stopped everywhere as it went by all the way out in the countryside. People came out of businesses and lined the streets. In El Paso, a funeral procession means step on the gas and get outta here.

El Paso has some fantastic qualities but if you believe this city council is on the ball, my eyebrows are raised. Can you say self-interest?

The quarters on Fort Bliss are turning out to be dream city neighborhoods. They're gorgeous. Breathtaking. I wouldn't think twice of "not owning my own home" if I could live there. As the military builds its needs on base, El Paso will be exactly what it is now....just with more people. A photo op....with sombrero, of course...and a trolley waiting to take you across the border.

It's my hope El Paso grows up to be a better El Paso.
Norrin

Las Vegas, NV

#37 Feb 25, 2008
Mark B wrote:
<quoted text>
I have owned homes in El Paso for the last thirty five years and have always paid my taxes, without complaint. WE pay no state income tax so how how the local governmental agenices suppose to operate?
Enjoy Mass.: the highest taxed state in the union. You may earn more but you pay a lot, lot more for that priviledge. Your real estate isd collapsing and the big dicth is a prime example of corruption at the local, state and federal level. So don't throw any rocks at our elected officals. Yours back east are the worst especially the one sitting in the Whitehouse.
And Nevada??????? Without the Sin Bussiness they push there, LV would be nothing more than a dust bowl. And soon their growth may stop due to a lack of water... Nevada, as a state, is in trouble. When you have to depend on sin for your revenue, your dead meat.
Please "Won't go BAck"... don't come back until your attitude is adjusted. Plenty of people here who want to progress El Paso.
Your opinion about Nevada and sin is moot. We're talking about El Paso's economic future in this thread. Las Vegas is not going anywhere and it will continue to be a world destination for tourists. As for its water supply, plans to pipe-in water from the northern part of the state (lots of snowmelt) is in its final stages. I hope you have a better response regarding El Paso's economic future than what you have been posting.
Patience

El Paso, TX

#38 Feb 25, 2008
Norrin wrote:
<quoted text>
Your opinion about Nevada and sin is moot. We're talking about El Paso's economic future in this thread. Las Vegas is not going anywhere and it will continue to be a world destination for tourists. As for its water supply, plans to pipe-in water from the northern part of the state (lots of snowmelt) is in its final stages. I hope you have a better response regarding El Paso's economic future than what you have been posting.
Rah, rah!
GUNSLINGER915

El Paso, TX

#39 Feb 25, 2008
Wont Go Back to EP wrote:
So sad Mark B.. While you may BE in EL Paso, you obviously are not a home owner in El Paso, nor do you seem to do your taxes. If you would read Norrin's post, maybe print it and pass it on to Crook and Co., MAYBE, just maybe, they would do something to put El Paso on a path for "many good years" instead of the continued blood sucking of residents that it is currently poised for.
It hurts me to watch my family and friends who still live there take such pride in thier work and thier homes and then get nailed on the taxes while the commissioners buildings get devaluated and Crook and the boys get a raise.
My neices graduated with 4.0 and higher GPAs and EL Paso had call center jobs for them?$8.50/hr to a 4.0 grad? El Paso has no plans for them so they'll move to some place else. More talent going to a city with a future.
One day Mark I guess you'll run for office with your delusions. Crook and co will probably support you.We'll see what you do then. Take the money and turn your eyes or put it back into the city.
You simply cannot confuse MARK B. with FACTS.. His mind is made up. The ONLY thing the Mayor and the rest of that bunch are doing right now is "running and Ducking", just waiting for the next F.B.I search warrants or the NEXT indictments. And you can believe about the ONLY clean people gona come out of City Council is Holguin, Castro and Quintana. They are the ones who constantly vote AGAINST more/higher taxes and more and more spending by Cook, Byrd and O'roark. With his "downtown plan to steal peoples properties they have owned for years,it's all for HIS benefit. Same with ASARCO. John Cook can make stupid, unenforceable Laws, like the "dog law", but he can't change Texas Laws to HIS benefit. And yet, HE is still going to waste millions of dollars of our money to pay for whatever scam he is running on the taxpayers of El Paso. The "downtown plan", ASARCO, there is a DEAL in it somewhere for him and his cronies. And now, the news stories today: MILLIONS of home owner properties have been WILDLY OVERVALUED. Anybody in El Paso understand WE been scammed???? No not YOU Mark B.
Patience

El Paso, TX

#40 Feb 25, 2008
I think you're right.

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