Email from Diana Miller 08/20/2014
Dear Mayor and Council Members,
This letter is to express
my dismay that the proposed City Budget contains the maximum allowed tax increase for the Parks Bond Projects as referenced
in the City of Sugar Land Budget Proposal as follows:
Bond Election Projects
In November 2013, Sugar Land
voters authorized $31.5 million in general obligation bonds to be issued for parkland improvements at Brazos River Park, an
adjacent festival site, and nearly ten miles of hike and bike trails and bridges throughout the City. The FY15 budget includes
$13.55 million for the first year of funding for the voter authorized projects, including work on the next phase of Brazos
River Park, grading and site work on the Festival Site, and the Imperial and First Colony trails. The remaining projects have
been programmed over the course of the five-year CIP, with all projects anticipated to be underway by FY19. Implementation
of the first year of projects is anticipated to result in a one-cent increase to the tax rate in 2014, as discussed with the
City Council at the March budget planning retreat.
Today, I have posted a video portion from the community meeting
that was held at the First Colony Conference Center. The video is posted on the Sustainable Sugar Land Facebook page and will
be available on our web site as well. In the video, council members ensure the public, "this is the last resort of raising
your taxes...it doesn't have to be" Harish Jajoo. "And if only one's approved, it's not going to be 5 cents"
Amy Mitchell. Considering that $18 million of the $50 million bond did not pass, and considering our substantial property
value increases, why would the City of Sugar Land even begin to consider implementing the maximum tax increase. "It doesn't
have to be". Even Fort Bend County is passing on a tax reduction in light of increased property values.
considering that this bond election continues to be a pending item before the Texas Ethics Commission, a most conservative
approach should certainly be considered by our Mayor and Council. I am opposed to the tax increase as presented. You may refresh
your comments to the public using the link below.
DID SUGAR LAND VIOLATE ELECTION LAWS
IN THE NOVEMBER 5, 2013 BOND?