I’m Against the “Arena”

The City of El Paso is fighting historians and taxpayers for a new $180 million (at least) arena. Why? Sure, there, in the fine print, way back in the 2012 Quality of Life bond elections, there was a Multi-Purpose Performing Arts Center.  But nowhere in the ballot language did they mention a sports arena.  And the City’s Chief Financial Officer, …

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Historic Preservation and Heritage Tourism

El Paso is culturally unique.  No other city in the country can claim our culture and our history and heritage. Yet our city leaders continue to destroy our architectural patrimony.  Vacant lots lie fallow where architectural treasures once stood. Apparently our city leaders have a vision for El Paso that makes El Paso more like other cities in the country …

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Basic City Services

Because the City has chosen to spend so much money on non-essential projects, no money remains to attend to the City’s core functions.  So our streets aren’t adequately paved.  Police aren’t always available to direct traffic around accidents, or highway construction.  Maintenance crews can’t repair the irrigation systems in our parks in time to keep the grass from dying. Even …

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Taxes

The El Paso residential tax rate is the second highest among the fifty largest cities in the nation.  Our commercial tax rate is the third highest, and our industrial tax rate is the highest tax rate among the fifty largest cities in the country. The City of El Paso now carries more than two billion dollars in debt.  Much of …

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