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FLAT TAX RATE DECEPTION RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, on September 30, 2010, Lamppost stated "Sure the tax rate can be lowered every year so that the County will totally offset the rise in appraised values.";
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WHEREAS, the tax rate should be derived from highly-scrutinized, zero-based budgeting and not dictated by the CAD;
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WHEREAS, the Victoria County Commissioners Court voted to raise the tax rate by 10.7 % in 2003 (page 279), illuminating the fact that it is indeed adjustable independent of CAD assessments;
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WHEREAS, Victoria County expenditures grew at a compounded rate of 6.5% per year from 2004 to 2009;
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WHEREAS, a Pozzi campaign mailer from February 2010 states, "Judge Pozzi has continued to hold the county tax rate at the same level it has been for about eight years BY CUTTING SPENDING and waste.";
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WHEREAS, the Victoria County Commissioners Court annually touts its flat tax rate as a metric of fiscal restraint;
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WHEREAS, "flux" in governmental operations does not justify the use of deception or shell games to increase revenues;
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WHEREAS, Victoria County and Victoria CAD are separate entities with exclusive responsibilities;
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WHEREAS, the increase in revenues "required" for the County "coincidentally" matched the increase in assessments while maintaining a flat tax rate;
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WHEREAS, BSspotter fully understands “that the City/County have NO DIRECT control over appraisals” [Lamppost, 10/2/2010] and has never made a contrary claim;
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WHEREAS, BSspotter is an autonomous concerned citizen who is supporting Matt Ocker for County Judge due to his common desire to maximize transparency & fiscal restraint in local government;
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BE IT RESOLVED that Lamppost has demonstrated that he is a shill for deceptive revenue collection practices.
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