County should pay for work, not issue bond
April 11, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated April 10, 2014 at 11:11 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
Recently, the Advocate editorial board applauded the commissioners court for its decision to issue a $6.5 million bond for needed infrastructure improvements. We all understand that roads need repairs and upgrades, and because of growth, that requires more county office space. The commissioners buy and rehab existing buildings, which probably saves money.
The county budget has increased by time and a half in the past several years. The tax revenue has risen equally. The county will not roll back the tax rate; it spends all of it and borrows more.
The editorial board wrote: "Some would argue that the work should be handled in smaller, more affordable pieces, but there is a flaw in that logic. As time passes, the work and materials necessary to complete these projects will only become more expensive." With this bond, we already know that it's going to cost taxpayers $3.4 million more. Pay as you go may sound too simple for the editorial board. The fact is that with what our county had before this, we have $9.9 million less now.
I disagree with this bond and think that the commissioners should have put it to the voters.
The taxpayer gets to pay for this for the next 20 years.
Justin Waymire, Victoria