Saturday, February 24, 2018

What's it all about?

Did you know there was both a start and end date for filing applications for a place on the ballot?  Unless you're a political junkie or a candidate for office, most people don't.

Even though he had been Republican chair for eight years and run four primaries, apparently former chair Albert Ellison couldn't get it right.

He filled out his application, dated it and had it notarized. Since applications for a place on the ballot are accepted by county chairs, he then accepted his own application. But he did so two days before legally being allowed to do so

As a result, according to the Stateman, Ellison was deemed ineligible to run by the Texas Secretary of State's office.  The article goes on to point out that he cost Texas taxpayers more than $10,000. "Destroying and reprinting the 20,000 Republican party ballots will cost the county’s election office at least $12,400, which will be reimbursed by the state, said Bridgette Escobedo, county elections administrator", the article explains.

He told people Raley could agree to keep him on the ballot.  Apparently, he also didn't know that a county chair doesn't have the authority to waive Texas law.

This is why Ellison wants current Chair Jeanne Raley defeated at all costs.

In this same article, Ellison called Raley and two precinct chair candidates "divisive leadership". He started calling names before the election had taken place or one meeting had been held.

It doesn't matter how successful Chair Raley is, Ellison wants her out.  And, he's willing to sow the seeds of discord, engage in negative attack politics, and assassinate her character to do so.

He wants her out so badly that he supports a candidate who curses at meetings in front of the public and her own 12 year old daughter.
(Warning if you follow the link: the language is shocking.)

Friday, February 23, 2018

When Less is Really More

Judge Pape's recent mailing highlights in red this very worst misleading statement: “Through Pape’s leadership, The County tax rate has been lowered 4 out of the last 5 years.”

Here is the rest of the story:
He had to lower the rate! 
He had no choice

The tax rate went down because the appraised property values went up!  In fact, they went so high that the rate had to go down so as not to trigger “roll back,” which would have mandated a drastic tax reduction.

If the tax rate had not been lowered, the 8% “greed” ceiling would have been broken, thus triggering a roll back petition for a vote by you, the citizens of Bastrop County.

Did your property taxes go down as the rate went down?  

FACT: A lower tax rate is no benefit to the property taxpayers if appraised values climb at a higher rate, resulting in much higher property tax bills.