In this week’s El Paso Inc., Mayor Dee Margo explains why the property tax increase isn’t his fault.
Dee Margo has been El Paso’s mayor for a little over six weeks, and now he’s having to talk seriously about doing the one thing he said in months of campaigning that he didn’t want to do – raise taxes.
And, he doesn’t like it.
“I don’t like any of the numbers,” he said in an interview with El Paso Inc. last week. “I don’t like the budget. I don’t like the required tax increase at 3.93 cents.
“I find out once I get here it had already been preplanned from prior councils and was projected in last year’s (budget) as well.”
He doesn’t like it, but he’s not going to do anything about it.
There are a lot of people avoiding responsibility for our soaring property taxes.
Here’s what the City said about the vote to jack our property tax rates, from the El Paso Times:
“Today was just providing the city manager and staff direction,” said Robert Cortinas, director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Right. Direction. Which way is up from here?
How about reining in the out-of-control spending?
When you find yourself in a hole, make the taxpayers buy you a bigger shovel.
They porked us in 2012, and each succeeding City Council has made sure we stayed porked.
Welcome to El Paso, Taxus.