Monday, February 21, 2011


The State of Texas is forcing its recession on Fort Bend County. The "Fort Bend Herald" has more.

Fort Bend County has cut the budget by 18% in the last 2 years. The County is running lean and efficient. We were expecting flat revenues or small growth. In other words, Fort Bend was coming out of the recession and was poised for growth.

Now, Austin will claim that it has balanced the budget. But what it has really done is pass it on to the Cities and Counties. Austin is too cowardly to raise revenues, so it forces its problems to the Counties, and the Counties are forced to raise revenues to pay for the State's mandates.

A shell game indeed.

Write your state rep and state senator and tell them to have courage and face the problem.

I will be posting a series on the cuts and how they could effect our tax rate. Stay tuned.


  1. Let's not forget to thank our new State Representative Ron Reynolds for having the courage to co-author HJR 56, the resolution against unfunded mandates.

    And here are the phone numbers to call your state representatives.

    Ron Reynolds - (512) 463-0494
    John Zerwas - (512) 463-0657
    Charlie Howard - (512) 463-0710

  2. Perhaps, rather than all the state taxing entities pointing the finger at each other it would be better if they all ponied up since just about all of them have stock piled a rainy day fund on the backs of taxpayers.

    It's time.