Former City Council Representative and Mayoral Candidate and current member of the board of the Downtown Management District Steve Ortega, had this to say in a recent opinion piece in the El Paso Times:
In 2005, Downtown’s assessed taxable valuation was $191 million; today, it is $329 million and rising. The greater the burden shouldered by the commercial tax base means less of a burden for the residential taxpayer.
Now let’s see. According to information El Chuqueño recently obtained from the El Paso Central Appraisal District via a Public Information Act request, in 2005, the total residential tax burden as a percentage of the total market value (after exemptions) was 59.75%, and in 2017, the total residential tax burden was 62.29%.
So of course Mr. Ortega was right when he said that the greater the burden shouldered by the commercial tax base means less of a burden for the residential taxpayer, all other things being equal. That’s a truism. That just doesn’t happen to be the reality of what’s happened. Commercial and Industrial taxpayers are carrying about one percent more in 2017 than they were in 2005, but the residential tax burden has increased about two and a half percentage points. That because other categories have lost taxable value.
But let’s not let the facts get in the way of a specious argument. Especially when we have the chance to call those who disagree with us “naysayers and malcontents”.
He left out “Crazies”. You think he’d check his facts before he starts calling people names.