Highs will reach 70 and partial cloud covers continue until tonight when the forecast will be DARK...continued dark with partly scattered light by Wednesday morning.
This increase was to be in the neighborhood of 5.7% (equating to something like another $25 per year per $100,000 assessed house value).
And, if you've been a LONG time reader here (and who hasn't, hmm?), you'd recall my stating that there are about THIRTY (or so) entities that can LEVY PROPERTY TAX INCREASES.
Well, say hello to the NEXT "playa" to come your way...the FWCS.
THEY also want to raise your PROPERTY TAXES, and here's their tale to tell:
FWCS is proposing a 3.2% hike...(and that's on top of the 5.7% His Majesty requires to manitain city services).
Naturally, FWCS arrived at the increase thanks to a voter referendum that approved $119 million for building repairs throughout the district.
What I cannot figure out (and I consider myself a damn fine mathematician when it comes to BASIC math) is that the CITY is floating that 5.7% INCREASE (which will raise property taxes $25 a year based on a house worth $100,000), and FWCS wants a 3.2% INCREASE (which will raise property taxes $33 on a house worth $100,000). SO how come a LOWER tax increase nets a HIGHER dollar amount anyway, hmm???
That is one of the damnedest oddities I've ever come across, mathematically-speaking.
(must be that frigging "new" math - funny, that OLD math was a helluva lot more ACCURATE)
I can't wait to see WHO will be the "next contestant" to play "How Can We Raise Your Property Tax Further?"
My bet would be the AIRPORT, but we still have 20-some others to choose from.
Personally, this isn't going to affect US at "The Fortress", as property has been DE-valued beyond belief (thanks, HUD), so a 100% INCREASE to us would only take us to less than $300 per year...LOL.
(bet there's a lot of people wishing they could pay THAT little where THEY moved to).
The solution to THAT would be to move back DOWN here, buy up ALL the hovels, renovate them, (chasing out the human flotsam in the process) and raise THE HOUSING values once again...and you'd STILL be paying LESS PER YEAR in property taxes than in those fancy-schmancy new developments!
Meanwhile, back at the mot and bailey...
*** Did you know that the FWPD is authorized (budgeted) to have 440 officers in it's ranks?
And did you also know that currently we are TWENTY ONE OFFICERS BELOW THAT LEVEL?
(according to Chief York - HIS words, not mine)
Well, that would explain the lack of manpower on the streets during any given shift, wouldn't it?
And the lack of officers available for special duty like gang units, vice and narcotics, and the like.
Given that close to 25% of the manpower is dedicated to driving a desk or pushing some paper somewhere, that certainly doesn't leave that many officers to cover the city in a manner that would be as effective as it SHOULD be, right?
The FWFD hasn't the funding to replace SIX fire engines it needed to (some with more than 100K miles on them).
Neither the FWPD or the FWFD can afford to begin an academy class at this point.
Technically, budget levels weren't this bad since just BEFORE THE ABOITE ANNEXATION (ruh, roh, Reorge...lol)
Could ANOTHER annexation be on the foreseeable horizon? Don't count that possibility OUT, people.
*** NO new developments on the RiverGreenWay attacker.
Here's the latest:
The article is good from the standpoint that it offers tips to avoid becoming a victim in such situations.
I you've been a regular reader HERE, you'd ALREADY know about such tips, because I offer them for less than the cost OF a newspaper.
An INFORMED public is an AWARE public, in my opinion.
And you can never be too much of EITHER.
*** Lastly today, I keep harping about how the world of TODAY is not as much "fun" as the world of yesteryear...and there are too many examples to cite my reasoning on this.