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A deluge of taxation for Ennis, Waxahachie

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Taxpayers in Ennis, Waxahachie and Cors-icana are about to see the dangers of dancing with the federal government.

The Army Corps of Engineers maintains Lake Bardwell - where Ennis and Waxahachie jointly subsidize their main water source - and Navarro Mills Lake south of Ellis County’s southern line (Corsicana’s main water source.)

Because of the sped-up schedule for the federal stimulus package earlier this year passed by the Obama Administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress and Senate, the Army Corps of Engineers are now asking all three cities to up their maintenance subsidies.

The breakdown: City of Ennis pays $483,000 for maintenance of Lake Bardwell; Waxahachie pays $410,000 annually.

Corsicana pays the Army Corps of Engineers a set fee as well, but our neighbors to the south are being asked to fund a $2.6 million increase.

That news was known by the city in May, but only during the middle of budget season was it finally announced. The reactions are not surprising.

So, now what? Ennis has requested homegrown Republican Congressman Joe Barton to intervene.

Expect drastic reductions in Ennis’ $24 million budget on a few programs to make up for what they’re being asked to pay now: $1.73 million.

From $483,000 to $1.73 million in maintenance costs for Lake Bardwell, Ennis is going to be stuck with that tab thanks for the federal stimulus package.

Those showers our Ennis readers are taking will be worth a lot more money if something isn’t done.

We honestly don’t know what Waxahachie is doing.

Nothing has been reported about what they plan to do about the feds asking $1.43 million annually for Lake Bardwell maintenance.

With the water rates rising, expect other costs to increase as well.

Ennis is already the second highest-taxed city in Ellis County.

How much more can the people there take?

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