Friday, January 21, 2011



HAS CARLOS CASCOS CALLED FOR A TAX INCREASE IN AID OF A CON-ARTIST FELON, AND CONVICTED DRUNK SO THAT PAT LEHMANN CAN GET THE JAIL COMMISSARY CONTRACT FOR ONE OF HIS CRONIES?


The only way for the county to increase its revenue from the jail  commissary contract is to raise the % the contractor must pay the sheriff's department.  This means the cost to the inmates go up.  Further if you decrease the price of the items, the cut received by the sheriff's department goes down - which means taxes go up.  Again guys - all lies and this time it is part of a con to benefit a Pat Lehmann crony.  What we know with pictures in hand is, Montoya and Quintanilla write in exchange for Lehmann buying them lunch or dinner at Carino's or other establishments.

To understand the lie, they call gouging a 30% markup by the county, not the contractor, a theft of the county, and then say they are also gouging the inmates by agreeing to the 30% markup by the county, not the contractor. The price to the inmates go down 30% if the sheriff is willing to drop what is effectively a 30% sales tax on all items.   As is always the case - when the con-artist convict Quintanilla speaks or his convicted drunk firend Montoya - anything for a free meal from Lehmann - they con the people in aid of another con man Lehmann's corrupt agenda.

This is what we know for sure - Cascos openly solicited the help of all three of these con-artists to get reelected.  If he is now going to help them get the jail commissary contract as a political pay-off the State Republican Party needs to know he is not their candidate for the possibly new congressional district.

If this is yet another con-job by Quintanilla, Montoya, and Lehmann and Cascos is a victim - he needs to say so.  His silence will be taken as a drop dead "I'm all for the corruption."

Here are the facts in a nutshell.  The sheriff's department under the terms of the contract gets more or less 30% of the gross revenue.  To keep this simple I will assume gross revenues of $1 million dollars.  This means the sheriff's department would get $300,000.00 out of the $1 million in gross revenues.  If you reduce the amount of the gross sales then the sheriff's department will get less money.

WHO WILL COVER THE REDUCTION IN COMMISSIONS TO THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT?  THE TAXPAYERS

Let's say by reducing the cost of the items gross revenues can be reduced to $750,000.00.   This means the sheriff's department's cut will only be $225,000.00.  Where will the lost $75,000 in revenue come from?  It will either come from the Cameron County taxpayers, or in the form of reduced services for the inmates.  How does this help the inmates or the taxpayers.  It helps neither - It helps Pat Lehmann and whomever he intends to push the new sheriff give the contract to in 2012 - that's it.  This is about creating a non-issue so that Pat Lehmann and his cronies can control the money by getting elected a sheriff they can control.

Again - someone tell me - how will the sheriff's department make up a loss of $75,000.00?

BACK TO THE NUMBERS IN SIMPLE FORM

Under the contract controlled by the sheriff the vendor must automatically mark up the cost of the item by 30% to cover the sheriff's cut.  What do you think Walmart's markup is? - If Cameron County were to impose a 30% tax on the gross sales of Walmart what do you think would happen to their prices?

Yes we can remove the 30% markup imposed by the sheriff's department - but then what - we increase property taxes to cover the loss, or reduce services for the prisoners.  Who wins Pat Lehmann and his cronies.  At whose expense?  The taxpayers and the inmates.  It is a simple unfortunate reality - if you cut prices, you cut gross revenues - which means you raise taxes to make up for the difference, or cut services to the inmates. 

This is not about the prisoners - it is about playing games with numbers to confuse the people so that Pat Lehmann and his cronies can control the contract.  the payoff Montoya and Quintanilla eat for free at Carino's.

So Judge Cascos - are they lying about you, or are you on board to yet another con on the people? How much will this con you seem to support cost the people of Cameron County so Pat Lehmann and or his cronies can get their payback for supporting your campaign?

A little kicker - if it can be shown Pat Lehamnn is writing off his taxes the costs of the meals at Carino's every time he takes Quintanilla and/or Montoya out for dinner, he could find his business being the subject of a federal forfeiture under the RICO laws.  It certainly exposes his business for liability purposes as the lawsuits proceed come this summer.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very interesting!!! What other contracts might be involved.

Anonymous said...

If this 2 bit con in a 3 dollar suit was a true civic activist, he would be in the lower-income communities empowering these individuals so they don't become inmates in the first place. The irony of it all is that Quintanilla,...I mean the hot check writing, convicted felon Quintanilla isn't even a Cameron County taxpayer. Yet he is somehow the defacto voice of us taxpayers....and thinks he can do so with the same complete absence of basic accounting skills he displayed during the BISD elections.

Anonymous said...

It seemed like the process of awarding contracts in this administration was going to be fair because they were going to bid everything out. Maybe not.

Anonymous said...

Is this suppose to be better than the previous administration? It seems like Brownsville needs a true third party.