Remember all those reasons the bond advocates used to peddle those Quality of Life bonds?
“Residential property owners are shouldering an unfair burden,” they said. “Commercial property owners will pay more.”
“The bond projects will produce economic development.”
Or, the biggest lie, “The bond projects will reduce our Brain Drain.”
That’s right. An Olympic size pool and a nicer zoo were supposed to keep our best and brightest from leaving town.
Well, the latest population estimates are out from the U.S. Census Bureau, and it’s not pretty.
From July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, the population of the County of El Paso grew by only 213 people. Since the bond measures passed, the population has grown by less than one percent. Over six years.
People are fleeing El Paso more than ever. As a result, the El Pasoans who stay are having to shoulder an ever-increasing share of our tax burden.
We’re living in a train wreck.