Bowie County 12% Tax Hike

Bowie County 12% Tax Hike

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tellthetruth

Munday, TX

#1 Sep 20, 2012
New Boston, TX - Bowie County, Texas residents are facing a tax rate increase.
The proposal is to help pay for a $35 million dollar bond passed last year by voters to widen a section of Highway 82 between New Boston and Dekalb.
A final public hearing on the proposed tax hike was held Tuesday night at the Bowie County Courthouse.
After two years of planning, Bowie County will soon start construction on widening Highway 82.
First, commissioners will need to approve a county-wide tax hike.

The average homeowner will see an increase of at least 36 dollars.
It amounts to about a 12 percent tax increase
Truth and Consequences

Texarkana, TX

#2 Sep 20, 2012
tellthetruth wrote:
New Boston, TX - Bowie County, Texas residents are facing a tax rate increase.
The proposal is to help pay for a $35 million dollar bond passed last year by voters to widen a section of Highway 82 between New Boston and Dekalb.
A final public hearing on the proposed tax hike was held Tuesday night at the Bowie County Courthouse.
After two years of planning, Bowie County will soon start construction on widening Highway 82.
First, commissioners will need to approve a county-wide tax hike.
The average homeowner will see an increase of at least 36 dollars.
It amounts to about a 12 percent tax increase
What about the "$35 million dollar bond passed last year by voters" do you not understand? The voters passed the bond. The voters agrred to a tax increase.
Same thing with Obama "hope and change". Voters elected him and now there is surprise expressed over all the "hope and change" he foisted on the country.
Elections have consequences.
Maybe the voters will do a better job this go round.
apples and oranges

Texarkana, TX

#3 Sep 21, 2012
so you just jumped from county local to national with that post. you know one doesnt have anything direct to do with another. dont be trying to be clever like that.
Maze

Atlanta, GA

#4 Sep 21, 2012
I though Lacy promised no new taxes, in fact, a reduction in them.

Is this 12% tax hike another broken promise by the fake doctor?
Car Wash Queen

United States

#5 Sep 21, 2012
Maze wrote:
I though Lacy promised no new taxes, in fact, a reduction in them.

Is this 12% tax hike another broken promise by the fake doctor?
O'Bama promised a lot of things too.

But mostly he just blames others for his inadequacies.
Mierda

United States

#6 Sep 21, 2012
Maze wrote:
I though Lacy promised no new taxes, in fact, a reduction in them.
Is this 12% tax hike another broken promise by the fake doctor?
The "small increase" isn't exactly as small as Lacy promised. I know small business owners who have said this increase amounts to over $1000 per month for them. Hardly a fair burden in a struggling economy.

“PINO Ball Buster!”

Since: Mar 11

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#7 Sep 22, 2012
Mierda wrote:
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The "small increase" isn't exactly as small as Lacy promised. I know small business owners who have said this increase amounts to over $1000 per month for them. Hardly a fair burden in a struggling economy.
So Lacy's tax hike is going to hurt the small business owner? He is sounding more and more like Obama every minute. Just further proof he is really a socialist democrat.

“Just here to put in my 2c”

Since: May 12

Texarkana

#8 Sep 24, 2012
And why should I have to pay for it I don't use 82 between newboston and dekalb hell that's what interstate is for. They can shut down 82 for all I care
Truth and Consequences

Texarkana, TX

#9 Sep 24, 2012
dontheoutlaw64 wrote:
And why should I have to pay for it I don't use 82 between newboston and dekalb hell that's what interstate is for. They can shut down 82 for all I care
What about the "$35 million dollar bond passed last year by voters" do you not understand? The voters passed the bond. The voters agreed to a tax increase.

Did you vote? You had the opportunity to be heard and to reach out to others to convince them to defeat the measure. Either you didn't attempt to do so... or you were unsuccessful. Welcome to a democracy.
Mathamaina

Brownwood, TX

#10 Sep 24, 2012
Mierda wrote:
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The "small increase" isn't exactly as small as Lacy promised. I know small business owners who have said this increase amounts to over $1000 per month for them. Hardly a fair burden in a struggling economy.
Someone is really BAD at math. The tax increase is 3 1/2 cents/100 in property evaluation. It is proposed to go from .3262 per $100 to .3612 per $100.

For a 3.5 cent increase per $100 resulting in an increase of $1,000 per month a property would have to be appraised at a little less than $35,000,000. That's 35 million dollars.

35,000,000/100 = 350,000
350,000 x .035 =$12,250
$12,250/12 =$1,020.83 per month.
tellthetruth

Texarkana, TX

#11 Sep 24, 2012
This is the article,you do the math. Yes it was voted on. but a tax is a tax no matter how you paint it.

New Boston, TX -
Bowie County, Texas residents are facing a tax rate increase.

The proposal is to help pay for a $35 million dollar bond passed last year by voters to widen a section of Highway 82 between New Boston and Dekalb.

A final public hearing on the proposed tax hike was held Tuesday night at the Bowie County Courthouse.

After two years of planning, Bowie County will soon start construction on widening Highway 82.

First, commissioners will need to approve a county-wide tax hike.

The average homeowner will see an increase of at least 36 dollars.

"It amounts to about a 12 percent tax increase, and this is a 25 year bond project," said Judge Sterling Lacy, Bowie County Commissioner's Court.

Lacy says the state is expected to start reimbursing the county $26 million dollars in 2016.

Highway 82 will be expanded from two lanes to a super two, which will include continuous passing and turning lanes.

"It's not going to be a good project, pure and simple," said Chester Pinkham of New boston, Texas.

Pinkham says he's more against the process, than he is the project.

"They need a representative to oversee this project. We're probably going to pay for the whole thing," said Pinkham.

Commissioners say H.W. Lochner of Tyler, Texas will be the project manager.

Some residents are displeased with the tax increase and concerned the highway will not pay off.

Commissioners say widening the highway will make it safer for travelers and increase economic development.

Mike Harris of Dekalb spoke out in favor of the project.

"I'm extremely proud of it, and i think it will help the whole county and especially the west end of the county," said Farris.

Commissioners are set to vote to sell the bonds and adopt a new tax rate and budget during their regular scheduled meeting on Monday.

Copyright 2012 KTBS. All rights reserved
just sayin

Lititz, PA

#12 Sep 24, 2012
how about instead of just a simple tax, everyones land value gets increased to a certain percent that matches this tax. that way they still get their tax money and we get to ask more for our real estate when sold
edgotxs

Texarkana, AR

#13 Sep 24, 2012
well, just sayin, that will probably happen, too
seems like property in Bowie Co. always increases in valuation and never decreases regardless of the state of the economy
Chief Walksalot

Whitney, TX

#14 Sep 24, 2012
dontheoutlaw64 wrote:
And why should I have to pay for it I don't use 82 between newboston and dekalb hell that's what interstate is for. They can shut down 82 for all I care
I agree. Make it a toll road and let it pay for itself.
Maze

Atlanta, GA

#15 Sep 24, 2012
Chief Walksalot wrote:
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I agree. Make it a toll road and let it pay for itself.
Because that would me too much sense. Remember, Sterling Lacy said it needed to be done because of the safety of the children. Making it a toll road WOULD accomplish that because:

1) It would limit the amount of traffic on that stretach, keeping it safe, and
2) It would allow for the expansion (increase in saftey)to be in "pay-as-you-go" format, which takes it off the tax payer

But that would never happen because of #1, thus PROVING it IS NOT about safety as Sterling Lacy always claimed, it about INCREASING traffic on 82 to help prosper the west end.

by the way, I am not against the expansion, or allowing people to prosper from it. This is America, and that's how we grow.

What I am gainst is how Lacy and his cronnies sold this. Why not just be truthful instead of the lying and deceitfulness that he keeps selling us.
Chief Walksalot

Whitney, TX

#16 Sep 24, 2012
Maze wrote:
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Because that would me too much sense. Remember, Sterling Lacy said it needed to be done because of the safety of the children. Making it a toll road WOULD accomplish that because:
1) It would limit the amount of traffic on that stretach, keeping it safe, and
2) It would allow for the expansion (increase in saftey)to be in "pay-as-you-go" format, which takes it off the tax payer
But that would never happen because of #1, thus PROVING it IS NOT about safety as Sterling Lacy always claimed, it about INCREASING traffic on 82 to help prosper the west end.
by the way, I am not against the expansion, or allowing people to prosper from it. This is America, and that's how we grow.
What I am gainst is how Lacy and his cronnies sold this. Why not just be truthful instead of the lying and deceitfulness that he keeps selling us.
My answer: because a lot of voters aren't quite as gullible as the politicos think ? Some of us see through the lies coming out of Washington DC, >> " A little gov't stimulus didn't work, maybe a little more will work. " Same with Lacy boy and his fradulent degrees: I don't believe anything he says.
On The Other Hand

Texarkana, TX

#17 Sep 25, 2012
RRAD ownes Bowie County. If they want a better road, then there is going to be a better road. That is your new reality.

“Just here to put in my 2c”

Since: May 12

Texarkana

#18 Sep 28, 2012
Truth and Consequences wrote:
<quoted text>What about the "$35 million dollar bond passed last year by voters" do you not understand? The voters passed the bond. The voters agreed to a tax increase.

Did you vote? You had the opportunity to be heard and to reach out to others to convince them to defeat the measure. Either you didn't attempt to do so... or you were unsuccessful. Welcome to a democracy.
Yes I voted against it and for beer sales in Bowie county. I still think its stupid. P
On The Other Hand

Boyertown, PA

#19 Sep 28, 2012
we do not need to sell beer in a county where military ammunition is manufactured and transported. that would be an accident waiting to happen.
omg

Texarkana, AR

#20 Sep 28, 2012
On The Other Hand wrote:
we do not need to sell beer in a county where military ammunition is manufactured and transported. that would be an accident waiting to happen.
they sell beer at the px on the base!!

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