I am a young(ish), single professional. I moved to Victoria only a few months ago (I don't work in oil). I am also looking to move away from here as soon as possible. Mr. Mayor, why should I stay?
I didn't even know the tax rate here. I could care less, frankly, and I doubt taxes are of primary importance to a person choosing to stay or leave Victoria. What is? I would say it's the same reason that everyone leaves the city every weekend to go to Austin or Corpus or San Antonio: for something to do.
The new downtown roads are great, but unless I need a lawyer, why would I go downtown? The first time I visited downtown was a Saturday, and I was the only person there except for two homeless guys. Exciting! Or maybe I should cruise Navarro to visit the myriad Chinese buffets and fast-food joints?
Tiny Goliad's Market Days totally outclasses the sad one that's offered here. Goliad and Mission offer free outdoor movie screenings--why can't we do that here? Riverside Park has the potential to be nice, but it's populated by people who just sit in their cars and get high. There is really no place in town to go to be among other people unless you want to become an alcoholic. Where is the culture? Where are the unique shops and restaurants?
Of course the city is motivated to attract businesses here, and of course tax rates are a big attraction to that end. However, once the employees get here, Victoria makes absolutely no effort to convince people to stay.
The problem with Victoria and of young people small towns in general has little to do with taxes. Improve the city and make it a home, not merely a place to work.
Neglet of residential streets for "40, 50, and 60 years" should be shameful to the current Council. Just who is responsible for this, Mr. Mayor?
Drive Riverside Park, the south side, and under the hill. Unslightly conditions abound just moments from City Hall. Forgotten citizens; lost in the shuffle. Just WHO is responsible for such inaction, Mr. Mayor?
More emphasis has been placed on GROWTH, as opposed to maintainence and QUALITY of LIFE of existing residents and taxpayers. This should be the shame of Victoria City Council, including the legacy of several current members.
Writein, it is not cheap to live in Victoria. Folks who can, are choosing to live in the county. I am told, by a realitor who should know, the vast majority of Cat managers have chosen homes in the County, not the mayor's Victoria. Writein, you asked why are apartments so costly? I know first hand, 18 percent of a renter's cost goes to pay local property taxes. 7 percent of the renter's cost goes to pay fire insurance. 10 percent more goes to pay for water and garbage. That is 35% goes to run the city and pay for insurance.
I have lived through three oilfield booms and busts. What goes up will come down. But the debt our mayor is incurring will remain constant for the next 20 years. It is great to be a cheerleader & spender of other people's money, but when it comes to spending one's own money, that is a different story. Right Will.
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Amen. Here is a question how come an apartment cost more than one’s paycheck?-Mr. Williams.
This is an old city, and maintenance has been neglected for too many years. It's about time we took care of our legacy. Our current city council, led by this mayor, is going about the business of rebuilding and expanding our infrastructure in a prudent and fiscally responsible way. Keep up the good work, Mr. Mayor.
$159 million on new schools.....and our students are worse off now than they were in the old buildings. That system is broken and needs to be fixed ASAP.
Main St. may look nice, but whoever designed the parking spaces was a total idiot. Or perhaps parking was designed that way to discourage anyone from parking on the nice new street.
Donate land for a new street? You've got to be kidding. When has the CITY ever donated anything to anyone for anything? The city does not engage in anything that will not make money for the city. Maybe some of the elite in Victoria who are going to get rich off all this "progress" will ante up the money for your street.
Mr. Mayor, fix some of the southside streets and do some renovations in that area of town. Then perhaps Victoria's citizens will be more receptive to your own agenda for this town.
County ... Victoria College ... City ... up, up, up.
3 strikes, and the taxpayer is the one that is out.
Silly Mr. Williams. Debt doesn't matter. Your grandkids will pay it off !!!
Mr. Mayor, I respect your position on this matter but you must realize that it is about 90% oil and gas revenue that is pumping up our sales taxes and getting outside investors interested in Victoria. They aren't stupid. They can see our double digit sales tax revenue increase year over year and know that Victoria is one of the few places anywhere in the country that is pulling that off right now.
I ask you to consider history though. Oil goes up and oil comes down. Remember 2009 ? Almost everyone was getting laid off from the oil and nat gas complex around here. Please don't say "it's different this time" because it ain't and never is.
This gravy train could derail at any time and leave us all with a massive hangover. Plan and spend the taxpayer money wisely.
For Christs sake Mr. Williams, please stop using facts to portray the situation. The facts seldom paint the rosey picture being used to convince folks of what some want around here.
What? No Airline Road extension mentioned?
I am amazed!
At what cost?
Based on data submitted to the Texas Municipal League for 2005 and 2010 we find total debt for Victoria (city) has grown from $117,190,000 to $165,255,000 an increase of 41%. During the same time population has grown 2.7%. Debt has grown at 15 times the rate of the population.
Will our young people, children and grand children be able to afford to live in Victoria if the level of debt continues to grow?