Road projects plan: City says tax zones can raise $70M, East Si...

There are 13 comments on the El Paso Times story from Apr 7, 2010, titled Road projects plan: City says tax zones can raise $70M, East Si.... In it, El Paso Times reports that:

The $70 million the city needs to pay its share of four major road construction projects could come from a strategic redistribution of property taxes.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at El Paso Times.

First Prev
of 2
Next Last
Crop Duster

El Paso, TX

#21 Apr 7, 2010
FIRE!
back to basics wrote:
They are not raising taxes, read the article! The tax zones reallocate where the taxes go; these are taxes that are already being collected! Citizens should beware of other citizens yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theatre. That's what some of these "local tazitas de te" are trying to do.
<quoted text>
protester

El Paso, TX

#22 Apr 7, 2010
CALL CITY HALL - WRITE THE MAYOR
DO SOMETHING MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
NO MORE TAXES OR WE REVOLT
Mc luv n

Chicago, IL

#23 Apr 7, 2010
I don't want to pay taxes on roads that non-citzens use for free. No tax, No title and no registration but you get to use our roads for free at U.S. tax payers expense.
Raise the gas tax

Silver Spring, MD

#25 Apr 7, 2010
What a ripoff. If I walk or ride my bike my taxes are going to pay for widening a road to make the neighborhood more dangerous and pedestrian unfriendly. Not to mention the schools and parks and stuff that get the short end of the stick. If you want to pay for car, SUV and truck infrastructure, stick it to 'em at the pump!!
Omar mentions

El Paso, TX

#26 Apr 7, 2010
"A right to drive tax, each vehicle of any type should be required to pay a monthly fee for using roads". Yeah and it only applies to us idiots stupid enough to register our cars right and get Texas License plates. Omar, haven't you seen all of those paper buyer/30 day temporary plates throughout town? Some are the pre printed number and others are the fill in the date kind. I can almost bet you that although some may pertain to a new or a recently bought used car, most do not and they do not have insurance or have the car registered. Why because to get a set of brand new Texas plates you have to have proof of insurance. They can get an inspection sticker anywhere under the table for about 50 bucks or so I've heard. Most of the culprits I see driving with the paper plates are women, street hoods and young teenagers who all I'm sure have a friend or know somebody that can get them some of those paper plates for cheap. Others drive around with Mexico or New Mexico plates. You see those cars parked at peoples houses all the time (day and night). Take a drive down Mt. Shasta street in Northeast El Paso sometime and you will see what I mean. Sometimes I wonder if we are living in El Paso, New Mexico instead of El Paso Texas. Can you imagine just how much money the County of El Paso is losing by all the cars not registered here in Texas. County employees wouldn't have to be taking mandatory furlough days if the clerks over at the VRAP (Vehicle Registration Abuse Program) were truly and actually doing their job!
kaa

El Paso, TX

#27 Apr 7, 2010
back to basics wrote:
They are not raising taxes, read the article! The tax zones reallocate where the taxes go; these are taxes that are already being collected! Citizens should beware of other citizens yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theatre. That's what some of these "local tazitas de te" are trying to do.
<quoted text>
Taxes will go up because you are diverting money from the general fund. To put it simply the City has decided that all additional income it has will go to other projects even as the expense of government increases. So where do you think the money for these increased expenses will come from. Increased taxes thats where.
More Taxes

El Paso, TX

#28 Apr 7, 2010
When the General Fund declines due to this tax money being diverted to roads, will City Hall cut their budget and lay off people or Raise Taxes to fill the void.

This money is coming out of the General Fund and will need to be replaced by other parts of the city. That means higher - maybe lots higher property taxes to fill the void.

El Paso taxes are already tooooo high. When does this end???
Go CAD Go

El Paso, TX

#29 Apr 7, 2010
The CAD is really going to have to get busy and raise property values now. It won't matter that you property will only be worth 1/2 the assessed value, it will be time to bleed property owners.

This is sickening. Time to form our own Tea Bag revolt and file a lawsuit against the CAD and see if what they are doing is unconstitutional with over taxing thru increasing property values unfairly.
Obama bin Biden

El Paso, TX

#30 Apr 9, 2010
Raise the gas tax wrote:
What a ripoff. If I walk or ride my bike my taxes are going to pay for widening a road to make the neighborhood more dangerous and pedestrian unfriendly. Not to mention the schools and parks and stuff that get the short end of the stick. If you want to pay for car, SUV and truck infrastructure, stick it to 'em at the pump!!
Ever notice you pay for the public schools and hospitals in your area with your property taxes, but you don't have any kids in the public school and you don't get a discount when you go to the hospital that just took your money?

That's great!!!!!!!
Raise the taxes, yeah, yeah, yeah!!!!!(I mean, no, don't raise the taxes, because it will affect everyone).
Obama bin Biden

El Paso, TX

#31 Apr 9, 2010
More Taxes wrote:
When the General Fund declines due to this tax money being diverted to roads, will City Hall cut their budget and lay off people or Raise Taxes to fill the void.
This money is coming out of the General Fund and will need to be replaced by other parts of the city. That means higher - maybe lots higher property taxes to fill the void.
El Paso taxes are already tooooo high. When does this end???
When we vote the liberals out of office.......that's when.
guero_Jon

El Paso, TX

#32 Apr 14, 2010
I hope this does'nt effect the cost of our taxes.We alredy pay enough on our taxes.It is nice to have new roads, but dont you think u should think about the debt we will be in before you build the roads.
Rey

AOL

#33 Apr 14, 2010
Guero, the roads are in dire need of repair. They look like grandma's homemade quilt.

The problem is they dont plan, prioritize,budget or care.

They just pick pet projects that will promote their political career. Take a look at the projects they already spent the money or will in the future. They are projects that could have waited. No, they just borrow with Certs of Obligation to the current tune of almost a BILLION dollars. ALMOST a BILLION dollars!
guero_Jon

El Paso, TX

#34 Apr 14, 2010
ya our roads need repair then why are they wasting money on a trian for a zoo.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 2
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Quintana Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Election Who do you support for State Board of Education... (Oct '10) Sat Bic-Lite 818
Veronica Salamanca Apr 29 Boo 2
Election Who do you support for State Board of Education... (Oct '10) Apr 18 Fart Smoke 633
Judge Hufstetler a disgrace to Brazoria County? (Jul '14) Apr 18 Jacob eversole 4
Lake Jackson Music Thread Apr 13 Musikologist 1
Quintana Music Thread Apr 13 Musikologist 3
accident victims reach out Apr 11 cpoole 1
More from around the web

Quintana People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]