The Decennial Census always has a strong and lasting impact on the entire country. A state's representation at the federal level is determined by the census. In our case, Texas will gain four new representatives in Washington, DC, while other states los… more »
For a number of years, it has been Council policy to pay the travel expenses of Council members' spouses to as many as three Council-related conferences per year. One of those would be here in Texas, the annual meeting of the Texas Municipal League, and… more »
Anyone visiting the nation's capitol in the last few years had to navigate all the construction of the multi-billion dollar Capitol Vistors Center. That is over and the Visitors Center is fully open. Much like the extension built for our Texas capitol,… more »
Word comes through the Dallas Morning News that Garland (and Rowlett and Murphy) is being sued for denying a store chain a certificate of occupany on the opinion that the proposed store location would violate our sexually-oriented business ordinance.
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Just a quick word on blog spam: Yes, blogs can be spammed similarly to e-mails. The more your blog is a big deal, the more spam you're likely to have to address. Obviously, a little one-horse blog will have less problems, which is why you don't see too… more »
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed the NLC delegates, advocating more spending
by the federal government, and more taxes. View her speech here.
Several Council members and I have spent the last few days in Washington, DC, at t… more »
Many people are asking why Garland has not reduced its water restrictions when thousands and thousands of gallons of water are flowing over the Lake Lavon spillway every second. Many other area cities have reduced their restrictions.
Garland is… more »
Council will consider increasing the Homestead Exemption by another percent, from 6% to 7% on Tuesday, June 19. It is on the Consent Agenda so it could be passed without a hearing or any discussion. (It can also be pulled from the Consent Agenda by any… more »
On Tuesday, June 19, the Council will consider increasing the Homestead Exemption by 1%. The Council discusses ad valorem tax rates three times per year: (1) the rate necessary to support the Capital Improvement Program, then (2) the Homestead Exemption… more »
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