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Deer Park, TX

Fire Station No. 3

here another jackass that read some article somewhere and is trying to degrade the those who serve. It figues since he is from Pearland. Since the goats are asleeep he doesn't have anything else to do. Find something else to distorte.  (Jul 1, 2012 | post #49)

Deer Park, TX

Fire Station No. 3

I will keep this simple so your one brain cell does not get overloaded. So here is how the story goes....Once upon a time there was a firefighter that responded to the station in his own vehicle (maroon truck) wearing his uniform (black cargo pants and fire department shirt. As he entered the driveway at the station, his turbo charger failed (it’s a diesel truck). He coasted to the parking space and responded to the call (a structure fire at a residence)..... oh sorry, a house on fire). He made the call and when he got back to the station on the big fire truck, he and another volunteer firefighter began making repairs. Since there are no tools at this station (budget cuts because the citizens complain) he was using his own. Others at the station came out to watch the activities. These folks were in uniforms also.......hmmmmm, I see a pattern here........still with me? If not, I will wait for you to digest all of this information. Ready? Here we go.....This volunteer spent his own money to come to the station, spent his own money to make repairs then spent his own money to go back home. All for you, the citizen, who now wants to trash this individual for doing something for you. It may have not been your house that day but it may be tomorrow. These folks do this because this is their way of giving back and keeping your tax rate where it is. You do not pay these folks a salary………But you do buy the uniform. You may reply “he is an idiot for doing this”. Maybe so, but this is his hobby just as yours is to complain about what others are doing. Nonetheless, you will mull this over and make an attempt to reply so you have the last word. That’s fine with me. I hope this has been kept simple for you to understand. I tried not to use big words. As stated by others, you are invited to stop by the station and talk about this one-on-one. They love meeting the citizens. I am just glad the individual was not wearing a military uniform……………you would have had to complain to the President. To those that are part of the DPVFD……….Thank you for being there when we need you. If your vehicle breaks down, I will be more than happy to help you make the repairs. Let me know and I will put on my uniform and stand with you.  (Jun 30, 2012 | post #47)

Deer Park, TX

Fire Station No. 3

Amazed..........This is why we have a need for Firefighters, Paramedics and Police. Stupid people.....thank you folks for making this possible. If it weren't for folks like you we would have to find something else to do..........like bitch about what others are doing.  (Jun 30, 2012 | post #45)

Deer Park, TX

City employee

I will keep this simple so your one brain cell does not get overloaded. So here is how the story goes....Once upon a time there was a firefighter that responded to the station in his own vehicle (maroon truck) wearing his uniform (black cargo pants and fire department shirt. As he entered the driveway at the station, his turbo charger failed (it’s a diesel truck). He coasted to the parking space and responded to the call (a structure fire at a residence..... oh sorry, a house on fire). He made the call and when he got back to the station on the big fire truck, he and another volunteer firefighter began making repairs. Since there are no tools at this station (budget cuts because the citizens complain) he was using his own. Others at the station came out to watch the activities. These folks were in uniforms also.......hmmmmm, I see a pattern here........still with me? If not, I will wait for you to digest all of this information. This volunteer spent his own money to come to the station, spent his own money to make repairs then spent his own money to go back home. All for you, the citizen, who now wants to trash this individual for doing something for you. It may have not been your house that day but it may be tomorrow. These folks do this because this is their way of giving back and keeping your tax rate where it is. You do not pay these folks a salary………But you do buy the uniform. You may reply “he is an idiot for doing this”. Maybe so, but this is his hobby just as yours is to complain about what others are doing. Nonetheless, you will mull this over and make an attempt to reply so you have the last word. That’s fine with me. I hope this has been kept simple for you to understand. I tried not to use big words. As stated by others, you are invited to stop by the station and talk about this one-on-one. They love meeting the citizens. I am just glad the individual was not wearing a military uniform……………you would have had to complain to the President. To those that are part of the DPVFD……….Thank you for being there when we need you. If your vehicle breaks down, I will be more than happy to help you make the repairs. Let me know and I will put on my uniform and stand with you.  (Jun 30, 2012 | post #19)

Deer Park, TX

City employee

If this had been a vehicle owned by a citizen and these folks were assisting, this is what the oath of office each takes states they will do. These folks are public servants and should and would assist anyone that came to the station needing assistance to the best of their ability. I once had a gentleman stop at the station with a flat tire. It was last summer and the temperature was 101 degrees. This gentleman was in poor health and asked if it was alright for him to change his tire. I told him know he could not but I would do it for him (due to his health). I changed the tire and stowed his jack. He handed me a $20 bill. I refused to take it because 1) Morals, 2) I took an oath to serve 3) I would expect the same from anyone else if it were my family.  (Jun 30, 2012 | post #18)

Deer Park, TX

City employee

Amazed..........This is why we have a need for Firefighters, Paramedics and Police. Stupid people.....thank you folks for making this possible. If it weren't for folks like you we would have to find something else to do..........like bitch about what other are doing.  (Jun 30, 2012 | post #17)

Deer Park, TX

another expense for parks and recreation

Captial items are needed used for daily operations. These are funds allocated for purchases such as police cars, garbage trucks, computers, etc as replacements or additions to existing equipment. If cuts are required, capital items are usually the first to go since these items are programs/equipment that already exists or is planned to be added. The decrease property tax revenues I referred is what was lost after contracts with the industrial sector were completed. Go look it up. Specifically look at what was lost with the Shell contract renewal. It appears that when you feel you are wrong or need to defend yourself or comments, you result to insults. Weakness. I don't think I have resulted in speaking of you in a manner that is inappropriate. I thought this was a debate. Do you know if there is a site that grown ups are using to discuss issues like this?  (Oct 8, 2011 | post #118)

Deer Park, TX

another expense for parks and recreation

Oooooooh, must have hit that rectal nerve. You went from trying to be a professional antagonist to a total lose of composure. That's weak, very weak. Women are moody like that also. Just saying.  (Oct 8, 2011 | post #117)

Deer Park, TX

another expense for parks and recreation

I don't disagree with any of this and do agree we should not be negotiating a lower tax base for the industry. These companies should being paying the same as do a small business or resident. As I have stated before I also agree that city leaders are out of touch with overall spending and must get control of this as well. The Mayor does not have the knowledge needed regarding the fiancial status of the city. He spits out what he is given without reviewing the information or understanding the information. Other council members are at the same level. My main point from the beginning was that we have lost tax revenue from the industries because 1) Some have shut down units, 2) some have moved away, 3) Taxes from these companies are now less than what we have been receiving therefore this has reduced the amount of taxes the city receives. This is part of the shortfall. When these larger companies quit spending money here, the entire city suffers. Small businesses loose sales, sales taxes fall, layoffs occur, people quit spending as they manage their budgets. When city revenues are less than projected, cut are required and that what occured in 2010-2011. I do not disagree that funds were spent in areas that were waste (golf course, studies, proposed ball field and yes the library) when the city has greater needs. This is poor decision made by council. The city needs to do a better job on the contracts made with industry instead of negotiating a tax rate. Through these contracts, it is agreed the city not be responsible for providing water, sewer or emergency services. I constantly see city emergency vehicles responding to the plants. When this occurs, the city should consider the contract void and charge the normal tax rate we all pay. You comment regarding Shell shutting it's doors if required to pay more taxes: I feel Shell and other businesses north of 225 should pay a fair amount. The executives in these companies get more in an annual bonus than what is paid to the city in taxes.  (Oct 8, 2011 | post #116)

Deer Park, TX

another expense for parks and recreation

Let's see, Arlington........that's near Dallas. You are kinda out of touch with what's going on here, of course you can read what's in the paper. Information in the paper is placed there so you will buy it and read it. Not always the actual truth. If your not in the actual community, your not actually in touch with is going on in that community. How about them Cowboys!  (Oct 8, 2011 | post #110)

Deer Park, TX

another expense for parks and recreation

The decreases you are referring to were for purchases of Capital items (one time purchases). These were not part of the base budgets used for annual operations. Base budget amounts have not changed. After the budget was approved in 2010-2011, it was identified that the overall budget (including Capital items) would exceed the incoming revenues due to lose tax income from the industrial businesses. Therefore, all departments had to re-visit the Capital items and assess the need to postpose those purchases. Each department cut Capital items for this reason. The Fire Marshal's office received an increase in the base budget which was needed for routine operations. Additionally, due to a decrease in property tax income, the city had to access the reserve fund to balance the budget. Just a note to support your comment about the poor spending towards the golf course: City council approved to spend a tremendous about of funds on reconditioning the greens during a time other departments are cutting Capital items. You asked "who am I talking to"? Someone who assumes he knows the budget but only has surface knowledge. Someone who may have had some experience at one time in city government but may be better at construction.  (Oct 8, 2011 | post #109)

Deer Park, TX

another expense for parks and recreation

I'don't disagree regarding the golf course. The city needs to make it profitable or get out of running it. In reference to the people cutting budgets and revenues being down and the industry, when we loose manufacturing business or the industry shuts down, significant cut backs are made thus reducing the revenue in the area economy. When this occurs, budgets are cut back, local store (Wal-Mart) revenues are lower and the economy suffers. Our tax base is largely made up of taxes received from the industry, not from sales taxes or small businesses. We have a property tax that is lower than adjacnt cities because of the industrial revenues. When industrial companies shut down units, lay folks off and move out of the area, Deer Park suffers.  (Oct 8, 2011 | post #108)

Deer Park, TX

another expense for parks and recreation

It's amazing at the lack of knowledge presented here regarding the budgetary issues with the city. Many comments made here are not even close to the reasons for increasing property taxes or the purpose for the sales tax increase. We tend to believe that because of the area we live in, we should have adequate funding for all of the needs within the city. With the reduction of tax revenue provided by the industrial businesses over the past three years, the city has struggled to maintain the level of city services we have become accustomed to receiving, yet we expect more for less. When the incoming general budget revenues are cut by 17% due to lost industrial business or re-evaluated property values in this area, city management has one of two choices. 1) Cut the budget and maintain or reduce services and programs or 2) find other avenues for revenue. When needed revenues cannot be obtained through any other means, property taxes get increased. The sales tax increase did not result in a decrease of Fire/EMS or Police budgets. The operating budgets these two departments had prior to the passing of the sales tax is the same amount today as it was last year. The benefit provided by the sales tax increase is additional funding allocated specifically for these two agencies and is not part of the general budget. This will provide additional equipment and personnel to these agencies that otherwise would not have been available without the passing of the sales tax increase due to the deficit in the general budget. So the question is this: Would you prefer just the residents of Deer Park carry the burden and provide the estimated 2M that will be generated by the sales tax increase through an increase in property tax or would you prefer having this be shared by those who purchase goods within the city. I like to share. The property tax increase was needed to balance the budget as is without having an increase in the existing budget. This is due to lost tax revenues. Most of you are complaining about the increase in property tax. Another question: Did you do the same complaining when the property tax rate was reduced four years ago? Probably not. The tax increase is bringing the tax rate back to what it was then. Most of you probably don't even remember the reduction because it was good news and not an item to raise a fuss about. I do feel the Mayor is out of touch with the financial outlook as is some of the council members. We cannot focus on the pretty things when basic infrastructure is lacking. I agree with the comments regarding the proposed and ongoing studies. We could spend these funds elsewhere. The studies get done with no significant results. I'm not implying the city is ran the best it can be. There are a lot of issues that could be improved. It is just like any other business, there are gaps that could be better. How many businesses do you know of that have a 34,000 customer base? If you are a business owner think about the last price increase you had. Did your customers thank you for the increase? Probably not but you had to do it to maintain your business regardless of your customer complaints. If you customer decided to buy somewhere else, you understood. So if you don't like how the city is being ran, run for council or go somewhere else that is perfect. It's great to see this much interest in how the city is operated. Some improvements in education regarding the topics you feel you need to vent about might be in order. A few of you know your stuff while others are lacking to say the least. If you have the assumption I work for the city, you are mistaken. I am just a citizen that stays abreast of what is going on and why things need to happen. It's easy to complain about how people do things. What is challenging is stepping out and getting involved to make changes. Other than submitting to this forum, what have you done to improve the problems? Just something to think about.  (Oct 2, 2011 | post #74)