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Op-Ed: El Paso’s Registered Voters Must Show Up on Election Day. NO EXCUSES

Don’t be one of the 92% of registered El Paso voters who sit out the election to Netflix the night away.

It is said that a city which brings out only 8% of its voting public on Election Day deserves the leadership it gets.  And this truism has proved itself in painful clarity with our current crop of representatives inhabiting City Hall.

While campaigning, our mayor looked El Paso squarely in the eye and promised that he would “hold the line on taxes” because we could ill-afford to raise them given the financial predicament our city is in.  He didn’t waste a minute backpedaling and breaking his word after winning his election.

Most of our current city council reps have been complicit in systematically raising our taxes without so much as a No Vote on behalf of their constituents.

What does El Paso’s pathetic level of voter participation tell us?

It states loud and clear that there is an eroding state of apathy, ignorance and inertia plaguing our city.   It reveals our City leaders’ penchant to exploit our lack of interest and understanding by systematically sliding taxes under our noses to accomplish questionable agendas.

It says we don’t care.

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Did you know…

…that the mayor and city council have issued over $125 million in non-voter approved Certificate of Obligation debt to make up for underfunded projects and to pay for budget increases we never agreed to, i.e. tripling the cost of the children’s museum to $60 million?

…that twelve current 2012 Quality of Life projects are on average almost 50% overbudget?

…that money set aside to pave El Paso’s crumbling streets is underfunded by $32 million every year according to El Paso CFO Robert Cortinas?

…that the mayor and city manager advised the Central Appraisal District to increase our property values several percentage points this year knowing that El Pasoans already pay the 2nd highest property tax rates in America in respect to our average yearly incomes?  (El Pasoans earn an average of $20,150 per year while the rest of Texas averages over $30,000 per year)

…that the mayor has stated the arena will more than likely cost at minimum of $250,000,000 to complete?  This figure doesn’t include peripheral costs like yearly maintenance and employee salaries, parking garage construction, traffic modifications, etc.

…that City leaders continue to hand out multi-million dollar tax breaks to real estate investors and their projects, robbing El Pasoans of taxes otherwise due and keeping citizens shouldering 70% of the tax burden while the private sector only pays around 30% of the taxes required to run our city?

…that this is systematic fiscal abuse committed upon El Pasoans by our public servants.

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It’s time we cared.

We are charged with the sacred American responsibility to cast our votes and affect change in our government. Sitting out elections while we wring our hands and complain about poor and abusive leadership is inexcusable and a neglect of our city, families, friends and ourselves.

City Council has four seats open on November 6, three of them are incumbents who have proven to have appetites to continually tax us with impunity.

If we honestly care about El Paso and it’s future, it’s time we voted for candidates who are fiscally responsible and will stand up to our mayor and city manager and say NO to raising our taxes at their every opportunity.

It’s time we elected candidates who demand government transparency, citizen participation in improving our city, ethical behavior from themselves and an end to abusive taxation and overbudget QOL projects.

Do it for El Paso.

Vote.

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Jud Burgess is a local graphic designer, business owner, and blogger who is involved in local activism efforts.  WEBSITE  /  James No Bond on FB

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Election 2016: Early Voting Begins; Info, Links and More

After what seems like years in the making, Borderland residents and their fellow Texans  can finally hit the polls starting Monday to let their voice be heard via early voting.

From the $668m dollar bond requested by El Paso ISD to the race for El Paso County Sheriff, voters have much more than just the Presidential Race to decide.

Critical to several of the smaller communities will be who will serve on the school boards and water boards, as those elected officials directly administer the monies collected via fees and taxes, leading to decisions directly effecting resident’s lives.

And even with just over 428,000 county residents registered to vote, if the past is any prologue, some of the races will be decided by less than 100 votes.

According to our news partner, The Texas Tribune, the local race between Congressman Will Hurd and Pete Gallego is one to watch, thanks to the GOP’s Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.

Trump’s down-ballot effect is getting the most attention in Texas in the 23rd Congressional District, where U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, is locked in a heated rematch with Pete Gallego, a Democrat from Alpine. Democrats have long hoped that Gallego will prevail due to turnout in a presidential year — which tends to favor Democrats — and Trump’s toxicity in the sprawling district, which covers hundreds of miles of the Mexican border roughly between San Antonio and El Paso. 

Above all the candidates, speeches and promises, Texas voters also had to deal with the revised voter ID regulations, which led to confusion for some.  A simple informational article explains what voters need to bring to the polls to vote this year.

As for the information on ballots, voting locations and more, the El Paso County Elections Department has a one-stop-shop for all the information needed, and can be found HERE.

Early voting runs through November 4th, while Election day is set for November 8th.

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