UPDATE: For your convenience,
Weatherford Democrat’s article:
Many of the statements made in this article are a reflection of my personal opinion, and are not verbatim statements made by anyone. Please read the Weatherford Democrat article and judge for yourself.
by Lenny Leatherman –
Jonathan Gruber has been quoted many times recently as saying, “Call it the stupidity of American voters….”
After reading a Weatherford Democrat article written by Tyler Mask, dated November 25, 2014, it sounds as if Weatherford has some Jonathan Gruber clones!
In that article Craig Farmer, the Director of Planning and Development made statements that leave readers with the distinct impression that it does not matter what ‘the stupid tax paying Weatherford voters want’, the dictatorial smarter than thou city leaders are going to proceed with their $16 million ‘downtown plan’ even after the tax payers voted down!
Where will they get the money?
No problem… Farmer suggests that they plan to take the money from the general fund, Weatherford Electric funds, Empowerment Zone funds and other sources.
But isn’t this the same city government that spent $5 million more in 2013 than they took in in taxes? Not a problem for these geniuses.
They simply moved $7 million from utilities to the general fund to make up the shortage. What’s the problem with that you may ask when they netted almost $13 million that year in utilities? Does that not mean we were over charged by $13 million in utilities? Did someone say something about a utilities rate increase?
I suppose if you want to create a false impression that your city ‘leaders’ are looking out for residents by keeping taxes low as possible, this false perception is one means by which that can be achieved.
If you are interested in a much broader view of the manipulation, you may find the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to be interesting reading.
Question: How long has it been since Weatherford’s last recall election?