The survey results show overwhelming support for the city to increase the sales tax-rate, which is why I made the motion to put this measure on the ballot for the voters to formally approve in this May’s municipal elections. This fulfills my campaign promise that any increase in taxes should only come with the expressed consent of the people. The survey provides expressed consent, however placing this on the ballot gives voters full control. That’s representative government!
Results from the survey are in and I have written a full report on the findings, which have been submitted for consideration of the city council to approve for distribution. The council must decide whether or not to include the citizen’s comments with the report, where negative comments made about specific people have been “redacted” (blackened out). I am very much in favor of keeping the comments as part of the written report, with the redactions, as they help to provide context to the empirical data and punctuate the levels of satisfaction/concern/outrage that the results reveal. Once it is approved it will be posted to the city’s website. I will also be posting here.
Documents provided to me yesterday by Jay Webb, which are Altura’s corporate filings with the Secretary of State, demonstrate that the information contained in the online corporate search engine, which show James B. Webb, AKA “Jay Webb,” the chairman of the city’s P&Z Commission, as President of both Altura Homes Texas Gp, LLC, and Altura Builders, LLC, and where Justin Webb is listed only as the registered agent, is inaccurate. The documents contradict the search engine, where it is his son, James (“Justin”) J. Webb who is the President & Director of Altura, not James (“Jay”) B. Webb, confirming that he never lied about his affiliation to Altura during a September 13 city council meeting, as I had asserted here on this website, in my letter to the editor that was posted in the October 22, 2016 edition of the Rockwall Herald Banner,
[The following is an email received on October 22, 2016 at 11:39AM] Gentlemen, I am writing to express some concerns about the continued direction of our small town, and the leaders that are moving it in that direction. I am hearing that some of the old city council if using scare tactics to influence the new council and moving the actions of the council back to the old way of thinking. I felt that the resounding removal of the old city council members and the number of people that voted would be a strong signal that the way business was being conducted in the MC city council was unacceptable, and a strong message to to the new council that we expect change. I also felt
Since I was elected, I have been advocating for the city council to conduct a citizen survey, which I feel will help foster a change in mind-set for more “representative-minded” government. I believe that it will help to quash the arguments of our city’s high-minded liberals who assert that citizens want to see our city government grow and expand. Maybe this will finally settle whether or not citizens want our city’s 1.5 acre minimum per homestead standard enforced. Even though the Mayor and members of the Council received an MS Word version of these questions almost two weeks ago and were asked to send in their propose changes or suggest questions of their own, only Councilman Wayne Orchard did that (the link to the proposed survey questions is included at
Despite Councilman Klutts’ and my efforts to persuade the city council to pass a balanced budget, it was approved with a deficit, which will draw from the reserve funds (last year’s surplus). I actually voted against my own motion (which Councilman Short would not allow me to amend), because I was made aware that my proposed increase for the city’s [taxpayer] contribution to the volunteer fire department [VFD] (22% over last year) would have resulted in an eleven thousand dollar deficit to the total final budget amount. Despite the fact that we were approving the annual fiscal budget, neither the city’s accountant nor attorney were present for the meeting, which, despite my efforts (I’m not an accountant), made it impossible for me to figure out why the spreadsheet I had been using throughout the budget
Well, here we go again! 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
Former MC Mayor, Mike Donegan is at it again! Donegan used today’s city council workshop to lecture us about the importance of vision for a city, working from an old liberal lie that those who effort to limit the size and scope of government suffer from a lack of it. The man who created the PAC deceitfully disguised as a citizens group propagating a litany of lies to mislead and deceive voters from supporting the tax rollback, used today’s city council workshop to lecture the city council about the importance of VISION following years of leading our city to violate our standards to protect our wide-open spaces and more rural lifestyle, taking away citizen’s right to chose their own sanitation service providers so that the city can take a
WWII Bomber pilots used to say that “you know you’re over the target when you start taking flack!” It’s an excellent metaphor that is guiding me as I work to end the corrupt power and influence that the former political elite has held for so long. Last night, one of the former regime’s vocal supporters took aim and fired, ignoring the substance of my assertions to cast vitriolic ad homonym aspersions against me while ignoring the mountain of irrefutable lies employed by those he was trying to defend. After expressing his displeasure at me he pointedly noted that the election is over and I need to move on, which was an obvious and feeble attempt to revitalize the credibility of those whose words and deeds make them untrustworthy and establish them as bankrupt of integrity. The fact
At tonight’s city council meeting I made the motion to adopt the city’s first Code of Ethics. It’s been almost a year since my August 28, 2015 post, Lawful But NOT Ethical, was published. In it I highlighted the absence of any formal ethical standards, outside of state law, in our city government. The misdeeds that have resulted from this gap in conscience were finally in focus. As expected, no standards of ethics would ever be established until voters elect a new mayor and change the majority of the city council with officials who are guided by a compass; committed to transparency and accountability. I was the first to make ethics an issue, urging citizens to compel our city’s leaders to enact standards of ethics, which had, until tonight, fallen on deaf ears. Thomas Jefferson described elected officials as holding “a