Breaking NEWS: 08/07/18 PAC opposing Charter Improvements Files SLAPP Suit against Firefighters !

A Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. ... The typical SLAPP plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit.    Rivard Report      E-N Josh Baugh Report
AAA DEBT Rating: " ... the issuers pay the agencies for the service of providing ratings. Because of these and other shortcomings, ratings should not be the only factor investors rely on when assessing the risk of a particular bond investment." - Investopedia

IT’S TIME TO TAKE OUR CITY BACK !

The San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association (SAPFFA) recently led a successful petition drive to stop streetcars in their tracks. Now, they have succeeded in obtaining signatures for three charter amendments to be voted on this November.

These amendments would:

  1. Limit the city managers salary to 10 times the salary of the lowest paid full-time city employee. Our city manager now makes more that the President of the United States and our Governor combined! In addition the manager would be term limited to 8 years, the same as city council.
  2.  
  3. Require council to enter arbitration to settle contract issues with city unions instead of suing them. Council has already spent over $1.2 million suing the Firefighters Union.
  4.  
  5. Enable citizens to petition city council to hold an election to change a city ordinance by obtaining 20,000 signatures in 180 days. Currently, citizens have 40 days to obtain 75,000 petition signatures to change a city ordinance, an impossible task.

Council liberals have set-up a PAC to “educate” voters. We expect the PAC to run a well-funded disinformation campaign against the petitions. Their media allies have already attacked individuals and groups supporting the charter amendments and claimed voters who signed the petitions didn’t know what they were doing.

They also claim a small group of voters can override council decisions. This is not true! It takes 20,000 voters to force council to place an ordinance change on the ballot. Then the issue must be approved by a MAJORITY of voters during a regularly scheduled election.

The liberal council majority has routinely raised our property taxes and utility bills, used our money to lobby against property tax reforms, voted to spend $38 million to remodel city hall without voter approval, removed a historical monument in the middle of the night at a cost of over $225,000, gave millions in tax abatements to politically favored developers, held a secret meeting to reject a national political convention in apparent violation of the open meetings law along with many other abuses.

- Bob Martin
President, Homeowner Taxpayers of Bexar County

HTA supports SAPFFA
YOU can too ..
follow these links :
   San Antonio First Website
   Email Firefighters Volunteer


The following OPPOSE Charter Improvements

$ 100,000.00 USAA
$ 25,000.00 Ernst &Young
$ 25,000.00 Gordon Hartman Hartman Foundation Exec Director
$ 25,000.00 Heriberto Guerra Jr Avanzar CEO
$ 25,000.00 Hasslocher Enterprises Inc
$ 10,000.00 Richard Evans Jr Retired
$ 10,000.00 Alterman Inc
$ 10,000.00 Ecro LTD
$ 5,000.00 Lynn Merritt Retired
$ 2,500.00 Alcide Briones AMC Properties Real Estate Developer
$ 2,500.00 Jame Goudge Broadway Bank CEO
$ 2,000.00 Robert Luna Self Employed
$ 1,000.00 Mario Barrera Self Employed
$ 1,000.00 Jim Reed S.A. Medical Foundation President
$ 1,000.00 Jenna Saucedo Herrera SAEDF CEO
$ 1,000.00 William Kanyusik Retired
$ 1,000.00 Ricardo Perez SA Chamber of Commerce CEO
$ 1,000.00 Carroll Schubert PCSI President
$ 1,000.00 Edward Whitacre Jr Retired
$ 1,000.00 Freese and Nichols
$ 1,000.00 Frontline Support Solutions LLC
$ 500.00 Colleen Taylor Waguespack Self Employed
$ 500.00 Juan Antonio Flores Port San Antonio Executive
$ 500.00 Blaine Lopez KFW Engineers Engineer
$ 500.00 George Weron KFW Engineers Engineer
$ 500.00 Billy Classen KFW Engineers Engineer
$ 300.00 Civil Design Services
$ 250.00 Edward Hart Sandero Wealth Management Financial Advisor
$ 250.00 Charles Saxer Retired
$ 200.00 Liza Barratachea SA Hotel & Lodging Assoc. Executive Director
$ 100.00 June Kachtic Self Employed
$ 100.00 Steven Gonzales Vickery & Assoc Engineer
$ 100.00 William Thomas Jr Retired
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$ 255,800 TOTAL
Click here for PAC Report


Charter Revisions 2017

  Changes Submitted    I.)  Change Petition Threshold   II.)  Restore 2 2 year Terms

CRC Meeting Videos 6/14/17    6/07/17    5/24/17

COSA LINKS:

City Charter and Municipal Code
Charter Review Commission



Sculley AAA Debt Rating
S&P Moody Fitch - CONFLICT OF INTEREST !!

"Investors are also concerned about a possible conflict of interest between the rating agencies and the bond issuers, since the issuers pay the agencies for the service of providing ratings. Because of these and other shortcomings, ratings should not be the only factor investors rely on when assessing the risk of a particular bond investment."
- Investopedia

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)
[in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789, which was re-printed in The Works of Benjamin Franklin, 1817.



Property Tax

Per Express-News:  Median Home Price $ 219,900 05/16/18

EntityDescriptionTax RateAppraised ValueTaxable ValueEstimated TaxTax Ceiling
06BEXAR CO RD & FLOOD0.012868$219,900$219,900$28.29$28.29
08SA RIVER AUTH0.017290$219,900$219,900$38.02NOT CAPPED
09ALAMO COM COLLEGE0.149150$219,900$219,900$327.98$327.98
10UNIV HEALTH SYSTEM0.276235$219,900$219,900$607.44NOT CAPPED
11BEXAR COUNTY0.291229$219,900$219,900$607.69$607.69
21CITY OF SAN ANTONIO0.558270$219,900$219,900$1227.63$1,227.63
55NORTH EAST ISD1.365000$219,900$219,900$3001.63$3001.63
CADBEXAR APPRAISAL DISTRICT0.000000$219,900$219,900$0.00
Total Tax Rate:2.670042
Taxes w/Current Exemptions:$
Taxes w/o Exemptions:$5871.42
 

Link to Bexar County Appraisal District

[To protest evaluation click on Online Appeals Tab

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)
[in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789, re-printed in The Works of Benjamin Franklin, 1817.

RF Meters have been implicated in fires causing DEATH !


We oppose CPS Energy 'smart' Grid Technology because ultimately these surveillance devices will be used for Time of Use Billing that correlates to higher bills.

Additionally, we oppose 'smart' meters because there is NOTHING smart about cancer and these meters add to the ever increasing amount of RF we are being exposed to.

And finally, these meters have been implicated in many housefires.  Please watch the above video and contact your city councilperson to ask them to repeal Opt-Out charges for keeping an analog meter.

Many families in San Antonio reside in densely populated areas such as apartments or closely built homes. Therefore, they are more likely to be exposed to higher levels of RF (a Class 2B Carcinogen) from "banks" of meters all pulsing constantly.  Additionally, there are many older homes with old wiring.  Pedernales Electric (Comal County) and Austin Electric (Travis County), both allow residents to have an analog meter.  They also charge for the opt-out, however, we believe that policy is in direct opposition to the Federal Energy Act which proposed OPT-IN technology, not OPT-OUT !

Opt-Out Fees Rescinded in Arizona

Click here for Form to Opt-out of Radio Frequency (smart) Grid Technology



-- 12/7/17  Bob Martin to Council, VOTE NO SAWS Rate Increase


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The US is an oligarchy, study concludes .. Click Here
    "Researchers concluded that US government policies rarely align with the the preferences of the majority of Americans, but do favour special interests and lobbying organisations: "When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it."



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Bob MartinPresidenthtasa@htasa.org
Janet AhmadVice Presidentpresident@hobb.org
Charlie BrownBoard Member
Michael DennisBoard Member
Nikki KuhnsMembership Directornmk210@live.com


We fight for those on the tax end of tax and spend !

-Bob Martin, President Homeowner Taxpayers of Bexar County

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JOIN NOW if you are :

Fed up paying the highest taxes in Texas.
Tired of seeing utility costs skyrocket.
Concerned about school taxes going up while test scores go down.
Sick of government waste and abuse
Shocked when lobbyists and special interests get their way at the expense of hard working taxpayers.
Motivated to change city/county government because Bonds (+ Bond Interest), Taxes, and city/county fiscal irresponsibility are affecting your ability to provide for the needs of your family.


Fall 2018 MEMBERSHIP MEETING AGENDA

WHEN: SATURDAY October 20, 2018
10 AM – 12 NOON
WHERE:Luby’s CafeteriaDowntown
911 North Main Click for Map


“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” -- Author Unknown

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