Letters to the editor, October 31

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ELECTION LETTERS DEADLINE

The Denton Record-Chronicle welcomes letters from our readers about the Denton school district’s $312 million bond package. To be considered for publication, letters must have been in our office by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28. No letters about the bond election will be published after Saturday, Nov. 2.

 

Address growing tax burden

I’m sure that most property owners understand that property taxes pay for these new bonds that we are asked to issue.

If you look at your property tax bills that are being sent to you now, you will see that the largest amount of the taxes that we have to pay goes to the school districts.

As some of the leadership in the city of Denton have told me: “The task of trying to pay for the education for all those that enter our city is a huge toll on the taxpayers and the city.”

I asked, “So why don’t they make this fact known and do something about it?”

They said, “It is a politically sticky subject.”

Sticky subject or not, the best idea is to address a growing tax burden and debt. At some point, taxpayers and property owners will not be able to pay for every foreign national who is able to come in and meet all their needs and demands.

Let’s be financially responsible and not put more weight on the taxpayers; let’s enforce immigration laws.

Initially, there was no property tax because the Founding Fathers knew the ability to tax private property would give the government the power to confiscate private property.

There is a superb audio book that touches on the above subjects called Boomerang by Michael Lewis, that exceptional Dentonites would enjoy. It is at the Emily Fowler Central Library. Go check it out now or place a hold on it.

Eric Mach

Denton

 

Upper Trinity supports Proposition 6

As the population of Texas grows, it is vital that Texans have an adequate water supply and necessary treatment/transmission facilities.

On Nov. 5, Texans will vote on a proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution to create a new program to assist in financing water supply projects in the State Water Plan. Passage of Proposition 6 will help ensure public health, water availability and economic viability for years.

North Texas’ future depends on an adequate, dependable water supply. To ensure families, businesses and future generations have a reliable water supply, the board of directors of the Upper Trinity Regional Water District passed a resolution supporting the proposed amendment.

If passed, this proposition will provide a source of revenue to assist in financing projects in the State Water Plan. Proposition 6 will authorize the transfer of $2 billion from the Economic Stabilization Fund to finance the newly created State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas.

Texas cities, counties, water districts, river authorities and nonprofit water supply corporations, including Upper Trinity, will be eligible to use this new financial assistance and will benefit from passage of Proposition 6.

Funds from the Economic Stabilization Fund will be used to operate a self-supporting loan program — based on the bonds being paid from principal and interest payments received from cities and utilities participating in the load program.

The board encourages residents in the Upper Trinity service area to study this proposed amendment, evaluate its benefit and then vote.

Todd Madison, president,

board of directors,

Upper Trinity Regional

Water District, Lewisville


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