Monday, March 23, 2009

TWO YEARS WAITING FOR AN IMPACT FEE - ARE WE THERE YET?

The following is set for a special city commission meeting on Wednesday:

1. Public Hearing and ACTION on FIRST READING of Ordinance Number 2009-1217-C
an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1990-1217 by adopting the maximum allowable and
actual water and wastewater impact fees; providing that this ordinance be cumulative;
providing for severability; and providing for an effective date.(Ben Medina – Planning)
Two years ago candidates running for public office promised a realistic impact fee. To be played the fool once is bad enough. Will we be played the fool again? My position on impact fees is pretty clear.

I am so, so tired of all this corporate welfare. With all of these corporate bailouts, while corporate executives continue to earn millions of dollars a year, I am in near disbelief how silent this country has become. Where is the outrage? The people have turned a blind eye to the financial raping of their children and grandchildren while corporate America continues to pay bonuses to failed executives.

The issue of impact fees is Brownsville’s little tea party issue. Is it possible Brownsville can just draw the line on one issue? I hope the candidates make this an issue. In my view anything less than the full amount being recommended is unacceptable. I would hope all of the candidates show up at the meeting to express their position on the issue.

5 comments:

Stan said...

Here, here!

Anonymous said...

We're so opposed to the the border wall that...I've seen all good people turn their heads each day so satisfied...I'm on my way"...

We sow reap,

BobbyWC said...

I had to delete part of the following post - the part concerning interests rates were higher than allowed by law so I could not trust the information - but the rest of the post had valid points

"We need to make sure that PUB hasn't made deals to where the developers are protected for many years just having to pay $280. I've heard that they have paid the $280 fee for future developments of their subdivision for up to 2000 homes. They are circumventing the new fee. Sneaky developers we have in Cardenas and Simmons. They dont want banks lending them money because they already have millions of dollars. They also take advantage of offering financing to future buyers. Unfortunately, the small houses they build attract people with little credit"

I also read something a few weeks ago wherein a local builder in the LRGV had stopped making payments to the bank which had liens on all of the houses being financed by teh builder - the last I heard the AG was going to try and help the families.

Never owneer finance - if the real owner fails to pay the mortgage teh bank can still foreclose

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Is there any new home construction going on now?

BobbyWC said...

On coffee port they just built a large number of triplezx homes going for 97k (lol); on Wild Bird someone just started a home on the resaca

People will just do remodelling which means employing electricians, plumbers - etc and a lot of spending at home depot and Loews - this will increase property values, improve neighnorhoods etc

Bobby WC