Fresh off his failed effort to convince voters that a tax rollback would harm the city’s contribution to our volunteer fire department [VFD], former McLendon-Chisholm [M-C] Mayor, Mike Donegan is now attempting to impugn my efforts to shrink our government with a new array of misinformation in last week’s letter to the editor in the Rockwall Herald Banner.
Donegan, a full throated advocate of last year’s proposed $0.32 tax rate, (a 228% increase), tries to obscure facts behind my initial support for keeping the current tax rate ($0.15205) in the PRELIMINARY BUDGET, requiring a citizen survey BEFORE the budget is finalized.
Donegan doesn’t want to highlight this fact because lies and deceit has become so much a part of his character when trying to persuade others.
Should time run out to conduct a survey, which appears to be the case, I WILL BE MOVING TO REDUCE THE TAX RATE to $0.141822, AND still increase the city’s [taxpayer] contribution to the VFD over last year!
Unlike surrounding cities that provide taxpayers with multiple government services, the M-C City Council essentially has JUST ONE governing responsibility, which is protecting building standards within our city limits, most especially the city’s “1.5 acre minimum per-homestead” standard. However, the buck has been passed to non-elected and unaccountable political appointees via the Planning & Zoning Commission [P&Z] (two members aren’t even M-C citizens) and Board of Adjustment [BOA], dominated by Donegan appointees and friends.
As mayor, Donegan appointed one of Sonoma Verde’s three exclusive homebuilders to the P&Z (now its chairman), which, despite fierce citizen opposition, helped Donegan fast-track development agreements for both Sonoma Verde (1,100+ homes on 509 acres) and Triple Creek, 1,500+ acres owned by a Donegan crony, most of which is in a flood plane, where 1,867 homes would sit on the 409 “build-able acres!”
It makes sense then why Donegan’s failed tax-rollback opposition PAC, deceitfully disguised as a “citizen’s group” flooding voter mailboxes with false & misleading rhetoric, was funded by members of the P&Z, BOA, and homebuilders/developers!
Mike Donegan’s attack against me is as hypocritical as it is bankrupt of integrity.
My proposal to eliminate the P&Z and BOA will force the city council to be fully accountable for its ONE and ONLY responsibility to govern and will help to eradicate the power and influence of corrupt liberal elitists like Donegan.
Tomorrow night, I am first on the agenda where I will present a robust and compelling case about why the P&Z & BOA are unnecessary and facts presented will once again prove why Donegan continues to be the most dishonest man in M-C!