The More Things Stay the Same, the Less Everything Changes
Yeah, we just had another election. Insurance man Justin Meadows is keeping his post on City Council, with 473 District Two voters sending him back for more. We don’t know how anybody could take more than one term of the sheer banality that is an NB council gig, but hey, more power to him. Runner-up Krystal Bolden finished with 133 votes, and as far as we’re concerned, got the long end of the stick on this one. Congratulations to both of them.
Over to NBISD, David Heefner and Wes Clark were re-elected to the two At-Large seats on the school board, with 1,252 and 1,473 votes, respectively. Challenger Michael Travino lucked out with an 839 vote, third place finish, allowing him to return full-time to whatever he does, which is assuredly more rewarding than listening to endless complaints from all manner of parents of school-age children.
Unable to draw an opponent, Kevin D Smith has been sentenced to three more years as the Unicorn Board’s District One Trustee. We wish him godspeed.
You Like More Taxes?
You Got ‘Em!
One-hundred-seventeen millions of dollars across four different bond propositions were up for grabs this time around, and boy did we bite!
The most popular of the four props, #1 passed with nearly 85 percent of the vote—because it’s for roads and we’re suckers.
Look. There’s some kind of street improvement racket working in this town, because we are constantly pouring borrowed money into streets, only to have post-war Hiroshima road quality under our wheels. We’re not getting what we pay for, street-wise, so we keep paying.
The streets here don’t last, because somebody’s cutting corners on construction and/or screwing up the bids, and where there’s a constant municipal need there’s a constant flow of approval to spend more money, and City Hall likes an excuse to spend as much as candidates love to run on a “streets and drainage” platform. Remember when y’all approved that 4-B sales tax back in whenever? That was sold as street repair, too, and then used as corporate welfare to keep The (FBI-Raided) Scooter Store from moving to San Marcos.
Keep that in mind the next time a street repair bond comes up for election. Most likely in a year or two. This one comes in at $44.5 million.