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What Are We Getting For Our School Taxes?

FBCStaff-The progressives have infiltrated our school districts at high levels and the results are terrible. Look at what is happening in DC our nation’s capitol:
“Residents in Washington, D.C. are still baffled over how every single student at Ballou High School got their diploma, despite many of them not even showing up to class.”
This is the progressive’s “everyone get’s a ribbon philosophy.”
“They are also taking steps to shake up the school’s faculty. Ballou Principal Yetunde Reeves has been placed on administrative leave following the scandal and the city is working on finding a replacement.”
Administrative leave! Are you kidding me? The principle will simply be moved to another administrative position. This is how progressives do things.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2018/01/16/dc-high-school-scandal-n2435228

Time to take a hard look at Texas schools and don’t be surprised at what we find.

Time to take a hard look at Gov Abbott’s Property Tax Reform Proposal.

Time to exempt those over 65 from paying school taxes.

Gov Abbott’s Property Tax Reform Policy

FBCStaff-Our local representatives no longer represent us.  We are now entering a new phase for most residents in Missouri City called “taxation without representation.” So it is time we seriously look at restricting how much of our tax dollars they can access.

Gov Abbott’s Property Tax Reform Policy
Governor Abbott’s plan to lower property taxes would:

Place a 2.5 percent revenue growth cap on property tax revenue per year. Voter approval would be needed if local governments wanted to raise the cap to more than growth in population and inflation.

Require locally elected officials who oversee taxing districts to vote to increase property appraisals, making the process more transparent and holding elected leaders accountable to the voters.

Restrain local debt, a major driver of property tax increases.

https://www.gregabbott.com/governor-abbott-rolls-plan-rein-texas-property-taxes/

If you’re a politician and you oppose this, then you’re obviously not who you say you are.

Missouri City Council’s Response to Citizens is lacking

FBCStaff-Many of us are confused by what is happening at council meetings. I.E. at the December 18th meeting, Council Member Preston asked that anyone speaking to council could give the remainder of their time to speak to other addressing council, and council agreed. However, at the Jan 2nd council meeting, comments were limited to one appearance three minutes and time remaining could not be transferred after the second speaker.
We are not sure why city employees seems to be struggling with simple procedures or why there are so many addressing council with complaints. But it is apparent to everyone that council is divided, the city manger is struggling and the citizens are not being well served.
Missouri City is floundering under the lack of leadership from the city manger. Citizens are unhappy with some of the decisions and the heavy handed tactics used to retaliate against the volunteers.
Click on the link to watch the exchange:  Item 4

https://missouricitytx.swagit.com/play/01022018-1135

I wanted to address the council as to why the petition about Glenn Lakes hadn’t been addressed, but with the adversarial climate with the volunteers at the animal shelter and the city manager not present I did not think the timing was right.  It is a major concern that the petition is being ignored by the city manager.  One thing is certain the city manager has to do a better job of managing the council meetings.  He needs to put the conflict with the volunteers behind him and bring order back to the meetings.

To be fair to our city manger, he has several new department heads with three experienced department heads.  The city manager has to coach the new employees bringing them up to speed while depending on the more experienced staff members to keep the city running.  I’m not sure this city manager has enough experience to know how to do this.  In appears to me he isn’t being supportive or appreciative enough of his more experienced managers and may be throwing them under the bus.

So the question is will he mature and grow into the job or will he run off the remaining experienced mangers and replace them with his buddies?  After two years on the job I’m not sure if we have the time to wait and see or find a more seasoned manager.

Our council in a split 4/3 vote got us into this predicament and they must act to correct this situation before it gets worse.  At the very least they should have a vote of confidence for the city manager and show the direction they are taking.

Meanwhile the citizens are not being served.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Makes Progress

FBCStaff-The progressives want you to believe the world is in chaos, but the truth is there is more positive news than negative news worldwide.  Progressives, who are not for progress but social change by growing government needs victims to further agenda.
“So now is the perfect time to reflect upon the positive difference humanity has made to the world over the past 12 months. How have we advanced as a species? We often underestimate the progress we make because it is incremental: an algorithm here, a genetic tweak there… But all these things combine to improve our future. As Kevin Kelly from Wired wrote, “Ever since the Enlightenment and the invention of Science, we’ve managed to create a tiny bit more than we’ve destroyed each year… That few percent positive difference is compounded over decades in to what we might call civilisation … [Progress] is a self-cloaking action seen only in retrospect.”My website, Human Progress, tracks technological, medical and scientific improvements that make the lives of ordinary people better. Here are the ones that have caught our attention in 2017, doubtless only a tiny fraction of all the advances humanity has made in the past 12 months.”

http://humanprogress.org/blog/the-worlds-getting-better-all-the-time?utm_content=bufferb1fcf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Read and celebrate the positive and real progress as we begin 2018.

Sen Ted Cruz to Speak at the FBCGOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner

FBCStaff-Chairman Jacey Jetton has a star studded lineup planned for the FBCGOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner with Astro President Reed Ryan, Lt Guv Dan Patrick and Sen Ted Cruz to speak.  click link for more details and to register:

http://mailchi.mp/fbcgop/2018-lincoln-reagan-dinner-1097265?e=d801b97fd2

Safety or Entitlements?

FBCStaff-At the last council meeting the council was addressed by 30 minutes of complaints and concerns by citizens about how the city is being managed.  In the public comments the council was presented a petition of safety concerns resulting from the Glenn Lakes bridge closure.  Before the public comments City Manager Snipes gave a statement about the animal center and the Glenn Lakes safety issues.  Snipes spoke from :15 seconds to 7:04 about the animal shelter and from 7:05 to 7:39 about the Glenn Lakes safety issues:

Watch video:https://missouricitytx.swagit.com/play/12182017-1580

A total of 30 seconds about the Glenn Lakes safety issues.  This tells us he is not involved, doesn’t understand the issues or how serious the problems are.  At this point some on council and the city manager appear to be more concerned with entitlements than safety.

While increased patrols is a good idea it isn’t a solution.  Traffic bumps will not be considered.  The city also mentioned doing traffic studies that is just another deflection.

Glenn Lakes is a problem because it is used as a cut through by many to get to highway 6 from South West Houston.  They currently have 3 options from 2234; Cartwright to 1092, Glenn Lakes or the toll road.  There are actions the city could take to help with traffic flow on Glenn Lakes but it is currently ranked below the animal shelter with almost 7 minutes of Snipes addressing the animal shelter and 30 seconds addressing the Glenn Lakes safety issues. We know both issues rank below the entitlements on 2234 or repairing side walks in District C.

Is that what we want, entitlements before safety?  There are several actions we can take:

  1.  call the city manager @ 281-403-8692
  2.   show up at the next council meeting and speak up.
  3.   We can arrange a meeting at the HOA to discuss the issues.  We can invite our Councilman Emery, and at-large Council members Wyatt and Preston.

Blame Game Starts in Missouri City

FBCStaff-Missouri City City Manager Anthony Snipe reached a two year anniversary with the city in turmoil. Volunteers met with council about the animal shelter, apparently there are communication and turf issues about how to run the shelter.  Also, citizens have garnered over 250 signatures for a petition to city council about traffic concerns relating to the Glenn Lakes bridge replacement project.  These issues and concerns are about how the city is being managed by Mr Snipes.  Mr Snipes was backed by a coalition of democrats on council and the Missouri City Concerns activists group backed Anthony Maroulis.

Activists from the Missouri City Concerns crowd immediately started the blame game saying it was the Mayor and Councilman Wyatt’s fault and their favorite council member Anthony Maroulis had all the answers.

Jenny Bailey· Ditto Deborah!! And I can’t believe Wyatt is responding to emails with such wrath. He so represents what is wrong with MoCity. Heartless. Selfish. Arrogant.”

Ms Bailey supports Maroulis:

Jenny Bailey·  I just suggested that in Anthony Maroulis’s FB Page “We are District C.””

not everyone shares her view:

Ruchira Paul·  My council person Anthony Maroulis is totally ineffectual. He said not a word of support to us during the closed chamber meeting.”

some questioned the attacks on politicians:

Gena Tribble·5  I’m not sure how a thread on ways to help the animal shelter keep improving turned into a thread on how all politicians are worthless and the animal shelter is abusing animals”

Ms Bailey toned down her rhetoric:

Jenny Bailey·  I think we’re acting on emotion right now. I am going to delete my comments about politics on this discussion. It just got too personal and didn’t help the animal shelter’s cause or the volunteers. May have even backfired on us. Let’s give city council a chance to discuss solutions.”

I would like to remind Ms Bailey the daily operating decisions to run the city rests with City Manager Snipes and his team.  Maroulis cast the deciding vote in a 4-3 vote to bring Snipes to Missouri City as city manager.
Apparently the city manager was personally involved:

Valerie Tolman·  I don’t know that any TV station was actually contacted. We have a video of them dumping out all the meds. It is City Manager Anthony Snipes, Assistant City Manager Scott Elmer, a supervisor from Public Works Jessica Kokes, someone from the city PR dept Cory Stottlelmeyer and the newly hired animal control officer Beverly Davia (she was just hired from Baytown where the animal shelter faced charges for inhumanely euthanizing animals). Wish I could post the video. Absolutely bizarre to see all of them dumping out medicines like it is a big drug bust.”

It sounds like the dispute is with the volunteers and the city manager.  It appears the petition for city council is about traffic concerns and a lack of response from the city manager.  It appears the volunteers and citizens have concerns about how the city is being managed.  City Council has oversight over the city manager, will they take action or circle the wagons like Sugar Land and protect the city manager?  Can the city manger lead?  We will see at next Monday’s council meeting.

Missouri City in Turmoil as Democrats Divide City

FBCStaff-Missouri City has long been recognized as a great place to raise your family. But that is changing, it is now a divided city by design. Let’s look at events leading us to where we are today.

In 2014 democrats used illegal tactics to get Chris Preston elected:

Misleading Voters

But what if the target audience of each message was reversed?

This is precisely what happened in the recent election for City Councilman. In mail pieces and automated phone calls sent to Republican voters, the first statement was used to deceptively describe sitting Councilman Danny Nguyen (a Republican) as a liberal. This led some to believe he intended to raise taxes and give amnesty to people who broke our laws to get here. None of it was true.

The second line went to Democratic households who, presumably, would not support a member of the Tea Party. They were led to believe that Danny Nguyen is an extreme conservative.

This dirty shadow campaign succeeded in ousting a sitting Republican City Councilman who, I am told, served the citizens well.

Evading Election Laws

The sender, in violation of Texas law, is a mystery. In Texas, political communications must carry a disclaimer so the recipient knows who funded the message. I personally reviewed several political mailers in this race and they did not have the required political disclaimer. We cannot tell who sent them. The automated telephone calls did not identify who originated the call. Voters who might otherwise consider the source could not verify the accuracy or honesty of the message.

These vicious and mean spirited campaigners hid behind secrecy and counted on votes from a deceived (or gullible) electorate, not trusting the outcome of an honest campaign. They obviously believed they couldn’t win without breaking the law and lying. In their view, the end justified the means.”

https://fortbendchristianmagazine.com/2014/10/as-i-see-it-dirty-politics-and-the-end-of-non-partisan-races/

Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen questioned the dirty tactics by democrats received an email from Democrat Chair Don Bankston stating, “it was only politics.”  As if that somehow justified the actions.  The most humorous incident of that election, after Chris Preston was sworn in he made the comment, “to God be the glory.”  Was Preston not aware these tactics had been used?  Surely no one is that clueless. In Council member Preston’s first major vote he voted against a tax decrease.  He had campaigned on lower taxes so when a local news source questioned his vote he responded, “he didn’t understand the issue.”  Maybe he should try paying property taxes and maybe then he could understand the issue.

Some mention the ties of Chris Preston and Atty Michael Harris:

“We have an intruder,” said long-time Missouri City political and community activist, Margaret Garner.

“It’s Michael Harris, a Houston attorney who is meddling in Missouri City business,” said Garner, who began the conversation by explaining that she’d decided not to get involved in the upcoming May 9 election until recently when she decided she had to.

Garner said, “Harris, who offices in Houston, confided to me that he wants to get enough people elected to Missouri City council so he will be able to get some of the city’s big contracts.” Obviously, she said, Harris didn’t know he was talking to the wrong person.”

http://fbindependent.com/missouri-city-resident-deplores-outside-influence-in-city-elections-p8549-1.htm#puzzle,1351,1513093433578

Next in 2015 Anthony Maroulis after denying he would run for the District C seat, filed at the last minute and the following week Councilman Elackatt resigned handing the seat to Maroulis.  Maroulis has denied repeatedly that he and Elackatt discussed this before hand.  Maroulis is backed by the democrat activist group Missouri City Concerns.
“Elackatt sent a satement to this newspaper announcing his withdrawal last week after press time.

Consequent to Elackatt’s withdrawal, the only other applicant Anthony Maroulis will be elected unopposed.

Though Elackatt filed for re-election, he waited until the nominations closed on Friday, Feb. 27 and withdrew his application subsequently, which ensured Maroulis’ election.”
http://fbindependent.com/elackatt-withdraws-maroulis-unopposed-in-missouri-city-p8359-91.htm

I haven’t had a conversation with Marlouis that he didn’t try to mislead or was fully honest.  Maroulis strikes me as either someone who lies to you and gets off on knowing you know he’s lying to you, or he’s simply a habitual liar.

That gave Missouri City a council member elected by less than ethical means and a council member not elected by voters and they immediately set out to change Missouri City.  First they cast the deciding votes along with the 2 long time democrats in a 4-3 vote to bring in Anthony Snipes as city manager.  Snipes was a former assistant manager in Austin with baggage:

“Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes invited Ft-Lauderdale-based Jonathan K. Allen and Miya Burt-Stewart to deliver a session – amounting to some heavy mansplaining – titled “Women Leading in Local Government” for city staff in March. The speakers asserted that women council members are “less likely to read agenda information”; have a harder time dealing with financial matters and the city budget than men; and act more emotional than men.”

https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2015-06-03/report-shows-snipes-at-fault-for-sexist-session/

The most damning  statement in the article referred to the report that held Snipes accountable and he tried to shift blame for the training session.

At the December 4th council meeting several citizens spoke to council about concerns in the way the city was being run.  One citizen questioned whether it was worth volunteering.  I. E. a Citizen Charter Committee made recommendations to council that the city election not be moved to November.   Four on council ignored the committee and voted to move the election to November.  Why volunteer or serve if council chooses to ignore your efforts?

Go to item 4 public comments http://missouricitytx.swagit.com/play/12042017-1462

While some are quick to blame the mayor and Councilman Wyatt, the blame lies squarely with City Manager Snipes and the 4 council members that voted to bring him here.  Citizens are going to present the city with a petition concerning the traffic problems caused by the Glenn Lakes bridge replacement.  This petition is asking the city council to make the city manager do his job.  The question is, “can the city manager do the job?”  In my past dealings with Mr Snipes he has not shown me the skills needed to do the job.  Recently I called him about a decision the city attorney made.  I would like to find out more about how that decision was reached but the city manager doesn’t return calls so I haven’t had the opportunity to discuss the issue with him.

Also, I’m concerned about some of the decisions made by the city attorney, ie a decision was made saying with 2 votes council could block the majority.  This was reviewed by a reputable law firm and the city attorney was incorrect.  The city had to spend money because our city attorney gave incorrect advice.  In my past dealings with the city attorney they have been quick to jump to conclusions without getting all the facts.  This is a concern.

We simply cannot have unqualified people in key management positions in the city.

We simply cannot have council members who lack the judgement to be on council.

The next council meeting will be lively and even more contentious as Missouri City continues to decline.  The past two years has been a disaster under Snipes’s leadership.  We deserve better than this.  Attend the next council meeting or watch on line.

Meanwhile the city is in decline and citizens are unhappy.  How does this help home values?

Ft Bend County Filing Period Closes

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