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    Posted: Oct 21 2016 at 2:54pm

The City council meeting this last Thursday, October 20th, 2016, covered an array of hot button topics which most all citizens would surely like to to see some resolution and action.

Included in the evening's discussions was a "Presentation" by Mr. Jackie Hammonds, who was a former city employee for nearly 30 years. Mr. Hammonds spoke for several minutes with most of his oratory concentrating on the condition of the streets. Coleman Connected will be releasing another video that covers the "streets" portion, as Mr. Hammonds does make some very interesting points.

The video below; however, is possibly more dear to many, as it centers around the utility rates here in Coleman and the fact, according to Mr. Catoe, that to the best of his knowledge, the only utility rate that has gone up since he has been city manager, is the water utility rate. This revelation caused a stir amongst the audience which eventually resulted in the question being presented point blank by Ms. LeMoine Knox an attorney here in Coleman.

The video is just over 6 minutes long cut from over an hour on this agenda item. If you are absolutely pressed for time, you can skip to the end to catch the rather tense moment that ensues as the question is asked and answered.

The video ends with a quote by Mr. Catoe that you must hear to believe.



Coleman City Council meeting, October 20th, 2016
Highlights include: Mr. Catoe tells us that has far as he is aware, the only utility rate that has gone up in the last 5 years is the water utility.


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Sounds like what GW Bush would call fuzzy math.
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The sad thing is that there is nothing that was said by Mr. Catoe that is not factually true.

Using the "that I recall" preamble lets you get away with a lot.  So, he may in fact have forgotten that the garbage utility went up.  And he may even believe that since the electrical rate per the ordinance was not changed, rates did not go up, but ....  IT IS EXTREMELY MISLEADING.

Just as I'm sure he is not keen to my use of the "no action will be taken" quote at the end of the video in the stretched context it was used.  People don't like to be mislead, even if there are no untruths.

The real tragedy is the impact on real lives in our community as these fuzzy figures pile up and drain wallets and futures!

If Coleman is going to grow, its leadership will need to grow up.

Craig Allen
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A bit like saying you're only ten years old because you were born on February 29, 1976. 
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Following are take-outs from comments made on Facebook pages in response to chains of discourse concerning the city management, the City Council, and the electricity rate used to fund the city finance through utility "profits"scam.  The string of commentary may be vague as the full chain is not included here.  But they are presented here as point sharpeners and conversation starters.  Nothing said may be counted strictly as fact, as facts are not released to us, but all should be counted as opinion only, until we are able to discern the facts:  (as if the conversation were not already feverish!)
"Keeping eyes on the prize...............Ann et. al.........................."drip, drip, drip" (is something splashing on the city manager {mismanager} ).............maybe it is water.........maybe something else...........he certainly is a good manager...........OF THE STATUS QUO!!!!!!!!!!!!...............He and council members and mayor know that the electricity add-on fee/tax imbalance is killing us (our civic/economic US).................he and they act to process this, "killing us," as just a metaphorical expression. overlooking that our civic viability ACTUALLY, is absolutely throttled and for reasons that have been made absolutely clear to them for years, increasingly in intensity and clarity................the recent town hall and council meetings and petition were unmistakable evidence of the public's recognition of the necessity to normalize, but yet the intention was swept under the carpet and only resisted and perverted, never officially debated................although citizen pleas were not allowed to proceed via a court process, the STATUS QUO was in NO WAY validated by the purely procedural remains INVALID and the electric system remains an albatross hanging dead and stinking around the neck of our prosperity and our reputation as a valid Texas NO WAY did the court say or even imply that the way our council raises money is good for Coleman .....Our city manager has the skill to manage us out of this trap if he would......starting by asking the council whether they might want to study other approaches than the one they have been lazily and destructively defending ad nauseum..............this would require that he level with the timid council, and that they would listen..............MUST...............HOLD...............BREATH....................................................................drip, drip, drip on, albatross can not get as stinky as what the Council continues to let happen to us!"
"The pitiful fact is that not one penny of extra revenue needs to be raised if the ad valorem tax were raised and the abnormal electricity add-on charges were eliminated...................the owners of expensive properties would need to be paying quite a bit more in taxes, but even they would get significant savings on their electric bills because the add-ons would not be there..............the "add-ons" are actually just a hidden tax............citizens are not told the full story, yet, but the home/business electric bill, over and above the charges we pay to the supplier, is used to fund the major part of our civic bills (about 80% in fact)..............for the vast majority of residents within the city limits, the savings would outweigh any increases in tax...........the entire community would be in a much more competitive and viable economic climate....including businesses that require electricity to keep their doors open and show a profit, and rent housing could be afforable and be lived-in and be maintained......people could actually choose to build within the city limits rather than "just over the line".......the pitiful part is that it is obvious yet it is avoided as an alternate decision to put into effect because of the superstition about the issue of "no new tax" which scares politicians even when no new revenues are at issue............what is at issue is whether the same amount of revenues are to come from hidden taxes or honest taxes.........we are not talking about ANY new expenses, just who bears a reapportionment of funds to be raised, how they are to be raised, and how the results effect us all in common as a COMMUNITY!.........................QUESTION??????????...What good does it do to avoid paying, say an extra $1000.00 per year property tax when your town and neighborhood is falling down around your ears and YOUR house is depreciating two or three times that amount because your city is not managed properly????????????????"
"To change utility costs, of course, ad valorum taxes will have to be raised to cover shortfalls if and when utility fund transfers to the general fund are lowered.......that coupled with govt. expenses be lowered the only way we can go forward........get used to it and stop daydreaming the superstition that "no new taxes" (ever, in any and all cases, for any reason, etc.) is a solution!!!!!!!!...........the amount overcharged on utilities to provide Mr. Catoe's "profit" (managers have been abetted by past City Councils in doing this) has become the source of THE BULK of our city costs, not just a small incidental will have to be replaced SOMEHOW or Coleman would just go into bankrupcy............fortunately, the electric amount raised is already a type of tax........although it is undeclared, in actuality it is an obvious CONSUMPTION is ALREADY being collected, thru your utility bills..............moreover, it is a consumption tax on a basic commodity, not a luxury, just as tea was considered a staff of life and sparked the Boston Tea Party when the Brits tried to finance their govt by a consumption tax on that.................little new tax money is needed, but the source of the tax must change from consumption to property...........the damage done to our common prosperity by hobbling our use of electric power in order to defend low cost property holding (with property values meanwhile DECLININGy as the consequence) is the recipe for the economic and social ruin we have been seeing."


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Edited by sovain - Oct 24 2016 at 4:08pm
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