Let's look at cutting staff (the Tourism Director comes to mind...what attractions do we have other than the Boxcar Willie Memorial Overpass or a couple of BBQ resturants to entice those tourism dollars? How about cutting some services or trimming/combining some roles in Staff? Geez....how about this one....let's dump the current Economic Development Board and put people in that KNOW business, how to bring business TO Red Oak and alleviate some of the tax burden placed upon residents/taxpayers.
Raising taxes will happen because it is the easiest thing to do even over the objections of the voters. Several council members are term limited so it's no big deal to pass the tax increase since they'll not be in office anyway. Woe unto a new mayor that has to have this monkey on his/her back. Even if they weren't around to manage the vote, they would be associated WITH the increase.
The only viable solution for the longer term is bringing business to Red Oak. Waxahachie and Lancaster are growing concerns. Why haven't the voters experienced the same growth since we're supposedly the fastest growing city in Ellis County. I really would like to see the numbers on that. There's a disconnect somewhere.
Start asking your Councilperson what their thinking is to shore up the sucking chest wound that is the City Budget. Thanks Pfiefer for the gift that keeps on giving!