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Let's see the OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS at the county accepted the proposed salary increase with none of them saying "Let's hold off a bit and see how things go" (now I know I should have voted for that JP that was going to cut his pay) and now this.....spend it up, but sooner or later that well will run dry.......
Don't forget that the Appraisal District has lots to do with this slap-in-the-face snub of the taxpayers. If you combined all the people working hand-in-hand with the taxing entities you couldn't come up with one total individual worth his anima in salt.
The majority of taxpayers must be present at their work during these board meetings.
The VC board and administration have decided they want more money for the VC community. They have the power to take that money away from everyone else. They have exercised that power.
The needs of the VC employees, over-ride the needs of the rest of the community. It is that simple.
Forgive my ignorance on this issue, but I have a couple questions.
How does a Junior College have the right to get an average of $100 a household from citizens to run their facility. When and how did this begin and is this normal for colleges in Texas.
What about the nice building that is being demolished to make room for a new one in it's place. Did the taxpayers have any say on that decision if any of our tax monies are going to build a new one?
Mostly, one sets the budget on what the revenue will be not what you want it to be. But what do I know, I'm just a taxpayer getting hosed, again, as usual.
Don't DARE try to make the public the 'bad guy' here... People don't come to the meetings because you don't care what the public has to say - you do whatever you've already decided.
A tax increase - should NOT happen given the current economic climate (but you already knew that)
A salary increase as well? here's your sign.