Split Your Tax Bill This Year!
: We have a situation of the "County Government versus the people"
: instead of the "County Government serving the people."
: Galveston Friends of Business, Inc. invites all Galveston County
: Taxpayers to attend the County Commissioner's Meeting on Wednesday,
: August 8, 2007, at 9:30 A.M. at the Holbrook Building, Conference
: Room, 606 Tremont St., in Galveston.
: If you want to be able to split your property tax bill into 2
: installments this year, please come and let the Commissioner's
: Court know; otherwise, you will once again lose your right to have
: this option.
: State Law was passed in 2007 to give us back this option but the
: County Commissioner's Court can and will take it away from us this
: Wednesday if you do not come and protect your rights you have
: earned and deserve.
: Remember, you are a taxpayer that voted for 4 County Commissioners
: and 1 County Judge to protect our well being and enabling them to
: earn more than $100,000 plus (which includes health benefits,
: retirement, perks, travel, meals, gas, & etc.... expenses) in
: income for a County part-time job while legally keeping their full-
: time job and having the opportunity to serve on boards that pay
: them as well. They also will be voting this year to increase
: their pay to compensate themselves for the future increase in cost
: of living expenses.
: All of this is fine with me, as long as they remember who they work
: for and who gave them all the benefits listed above--the taxpayers!
: Also remember, before they voted in 2003 to take our right to
: decide if we wanted to split our property tax bill, they were
: collecting the first installment in November and started earning
: interest on our money earlier. As it stands now, they don't start
: to earn interest on our tax payments until after January 31st--two
: (2) months later.
: Besides, interest earned on taxpayers' money should not be used to
: hurt us or as a BUDGET TOOL--we, the taxpayers, should be earning
: the interest on our own money that we worked so hard to earn.
: We voted for these County Commissioners and County Judge and gave
: them, on a silver platter, the ability to earn more than the
: average Galveston County taxpayer with benefits a lot of us can't
: afford and for this all we ask from them is:
: "REPRESENT US--LOOK OUT FOR OUR WELL-BEING--START LISTENING & LET
: US HAVE OUR RIGHTS BACK TO HAVE THE OPTION TO SPLIT OUR TAX
: BILLTHIS YEAR!
: Please understand, Galveston County, without even raising its rate,
: will be able to generate an additional $6 million this year. Do
: not let the Commissioner's Court tell us they are going to lose
: $300,000 or more in interest on our money.
: Please come this Wednesday morning at 9:30 A.M. and let your voice
: be heard!