Wednesday, June 17, 2009

LONGORIA DECLARES SOUTHMOST RESIDENTS MORONS

Over a year ago I outlined the up and coming budget problems to be faced by the City and the County. I noted the reduced fees on Veterans Bridge, reduced sales tax revenues, and decreasing property tax revenues due to the high foreclosure rate. Like good little politicians ours kept on spending and refused to consider adequate tax increases to cover the shortfall.
Last night I could barely contain myself when Longoria cried the victim that he never would have voted for anything if he knew it would eventually lead to a tax increase. He wants us to believe he is unaware that if you spend more than you have you need to raise taxes. He wants us to believe that in Executive Session when the police union case settled the issue of how it was going to impact the budget was not discussed - like every time they met.

He says he would never vote for anything which could lead to a tax increase - NEWS FLASH SHORTY DICK LONGORIA - when you voted to have the taxpayers pick up the cost of building a wall, to imprison us from our sister city, Matamoros, you voted for a tax increase on the people. Do you really think the city will ever have the money to build the wall, without a tax increase?

What is clear is, Shorty Dick Longoria thinks the people of Southmost are morons and cannot see through his pathetic lies. Shorty Dick Longoria’s time on the City Commission is short. I will bet the farm that Troiani, Atkinson, and Longoria will all be sent packing in two years.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bet the farm? But you're still renting, Bobby. Bet something you own. How is the city paying for the wall in next year's budget? I thought the city would pay for the levee later than next year. You really keep them on their toes with your insights. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Do you have a specific commentary you'd like for us to look over as evidence you outlined over a year ago the up and coming budget problems to be faced by the city?

Pete Gonzalez also notes reduced fees on Veterans Bridge and reduced sales tax revenues. He points to the bridge problem at every quarterly update for the past year and a half. He talked about sales dollars going down as well. You aren't the only one. Stop taking credit for something everyone including the lame commissioners maintaining ignorance knows.

Decreasing property tax revenues due to the high foreclosure rate is not completely true. BISD, for instance, is going through their budget process now. Their most recent public notice showed the average homestead value was roughly the same as last year, within a couple hundred bucks. More importantly, the average taxable assessed property value was about $1,000 more than the year before. Their public notice states BISD would bring in more money with the same tax rate next year.

Your decreasing property values, at least at BISD, doesn't hold water. I know the City has neighborhoods like the Woods, not in BISD, and the jurisdictions don't overlap completely. Still you can't argue it contradicts your property values going down. This tax entity is very, very close to the city. Might it be a safe assumption the City will have the same fortune as BISD? We'll find out for sure when the official certified property roll from the appraisal district is released in August. Until let's keep the prognosticating and self-congratulations on your part to a dull squeak.

Troiani and Longoria weren't too happy with the prospects of raising taxes. What do they expect when the resolution they approved for a $10.3 million on March 3 clearly states they're going out for certificates of obligation, meaning debt. Longoria made the motion. This wasn't the same as BCIC having the City's back on their COs for the Sports Park. This was the City going out on their own for this debt money.

Their saving grace is they might not have to raise the tax rate if assessed taxable property goes up like over at BISD. However, I don't know if the city can afford to completely rule out a penny increase to make up for a struggling economy and the police union contract.

BobbyWC said...

When they were doing the impact issue, Pete talked about this ans said it was too early to have the new numnbers but that he was oing with the notion colelctions of property tax revenes were going to down.

people are protesting the assessed values on their homes. I know in the case of the house I rent the owner was able to reduce her taxes significantly - she paid nearly 60k for this house and the house across teh street recently sold for 30k - I think the creative financing caused them to borrow 35k -

you cannot have this drop in property values without a corresponding drop in collections - or at last no increase to meet new demands of the city.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Impact fees weren't discussed over a year ago. Or is that not your evidence of prognostication? They were discussed over March and early May 2009. We're in late June. Collections weren't down this year even with the economic downturn. That surprised Pete Gonzalez. But you don't really mean collections, do you? I think you mean tax appraisals are down.

Your neighbor example is just one. How many other appraisals go unnoticed or unfought? Some people are just happy to have their appraisal go up less than a couple hundred bucks or stay the same from year to year. Those small incremental increases balance out larger decreases in reappraisal as in your neighbor's case. Appraisals are not about foreclosed houses. They are based on location, type and year of property, and similar properties sold over the previous year to determine market value. It is up the individual property owner to point to foreclosures in a hearing. Still the tax roll won't be as doom and gloom. It's the debt that'll be the problem for the commission.

Anonymous said...

Still renting? What happened to house you were buying? Did that fall through because of the economy?

BobbyWC said...

I love peple who have nothing better to do than be stupid-

to previous anony - It may have been over a year ago, but I posted about how revenues, meaning collections would be down at the bridge, sales taxes, etc - it may have been around last years budgest discussions I do not know-

foreclosures do impact appraisals - when a house sells for 100k in a when it was previously appraised at 150k - it impacts the neighborhood - when you have several foreclosures in a neighborhood it beigns a downward slide in values which impacts appraisals.

Pete Gonzales told them about a lot of this during the last budget process - and yes just several weeks ago when working on impact fees the question was asked about the latest appraisals and the impact on collections/revenues for the city - I believe he said he prediction was they would be down - or maybe a commisssioner said the preliminary numbers were everything would be okay and then pete explained the long term process and how that was what counted

Blobby WC

BobbyWC said...

And yes I am still looking at a house - I think I found land - my brother was suppose to be here to meet with the builder before I sign anything but that is now delayed for several weeks - it now looks like mid-july - but I think I have decided to go forward on the land.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Why won't you answer for your claim the city is paying for the wall in next year's budget?

Anonymous said...

I'll repost in hopes you'll grow a pair and post it.

Blobby,

You first prognosticated, "Over a year ago I outlined the up and coming budget problems to be faced by the City and the County. I noted the reduced fees on Veterans Bridge, reduced sales tax revenues, and decreasing property tax revenues due to the high foreclosure rate."

When asked for proof and a link, you said NOTHING except impact fees.

When asked again for proof since impact fees weren't over a year ago, you recoil into a ball of mush, "It may have been over a year ago"

You reclaim, "but I posted about how revenues, meaning collections would be down at the bridge, sales taxes, etc - it may have been around last years budgest discussions I do not know-"

So now you don't know when you wrote what you claim you wrote but you still claim you wrote it. Is the epidural making you make things up?

You also write, "I love peple who have nothing better to do than be stupid-"

So do I, stupid. Liar.

Anonymous said...

You got punked. Ja. Ja.

Why did you lie about the wall being paid for in next year's budget? What kind of game are you playing, Bobo?

Anonymous said...

I wish we could have seen the reaction of the new commissioners after hearing the words tax increase. They must have been shellshocked. Longoria didn't just say "he never would have voted for anything if he knew it would eventually lead to a tax increase." He also said he has never voted in six years on anything to raise taxes. What a bunch of baloney. Why must certain people lie about their record or assumptions?

By the way Bobby, Pete Gonzalez predicted on Tuesday 2% growth in tax rolls but not the 4-5% like last year. Even he believes growth, did you see the same meeting?

Anonymous said...

Longoria is the moron, a mean-spirited, small-minded person.