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Jim Miller  
Floresville, TX  
September 3, 2012 1:34pm
 
Mr. Mayor, I find it interesting that you refer contemptuously to the comments included in these threads as misinformation and propaganda and then recite your own rhetoric. What is truly sad, is that you believe what you are saying.

Sports complex, recreation center, 5 new fields or what ever you want to call it today is being paid for by a LOAN to the Floresville Economic Development Corporation (FEDC). A loan being paid for by the taxpayer of this community and this county.

I was unaware that the FEDC was a for-profit organization! As I understand the 4B Tax Code (which allows for a Economic Development Corporation) they are entirely funded by SALES TAX. And in case you were unaware, sales tax is paid by the residents of this community and county on almost every purchase made in the City of Floresville. So, your statement that the “CITY PROPERTY TAX PAYERS WILL NOT FINANCE THE PROJECT. NOT ONE SINGLE PENNY.” is outright FALSE. In fact, for the next 25 years the residents of this community and residents of this county will be financing this project, what ever it is you want to call it today.

Secondly, the petition that you refer to was if fact circulated by me AND over 50 residents of this community. A total of 383 registered voters signed this petition! Further more, the petition, which you obviously are attempting to side step, stated that the citizens wanted to vote on this project that was to be funded by public debt. This is also noted in the recent petition filed with the District Court regarding the FEDC by the County Attorney. (The hurdle that you refer to.)

A Street Maintenance Plan? Who is kidding who Mr. Mayor? The citizens have asked for plan that includes timeline for repairs. Repairs, which the citizens of this community are also funding with SALES TAX! The City Manager has refused to put together a schedule of repairs on the basis of volatile materials costs. Yet your draft budget is projecting in excess of $300,000.00 in Street Maintenance Sales Tax. Your plan is nothing more than a priority list! In fact, close study of the City’s budget shows in excess of $300,000.00 budgeted for the streets department being moved to cover the administrative department’s excess expenditures.

Yes, the council approved a resolution to begin the process to expand the Waste Water Plant. Now tell them the rest of the story Mr. Mayor. The resolution that you are referring to will allow for an engineering analysis to determine what needs to be done. We still do not know what it is going to cost, much less where these funds are going to come from. These are the questions that must be answered before ANY public debt is incurred.

Yes, we live in a vibrant Christian community. And yes, we can do so much together when our leaders recognize that it is the citizens of this community that they represent. And oh by the way, high-speed Internet and other infrastructure projects can be funded with the voter approved Economic Development Dollars!

Jim Miller
Registered Voter, Business Owner, and
Candidate for City Council, Place #1
     
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