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Lancaster: Dist. 4 councilman shouts, 'I kill people'; 4-3 vote approves tax increase

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LANCASTER - During the recent vote Monday, Sept. 13 to increase taxes in the city of Lancaster, Councilman James Daniels let all residents know how he felt about the recent flier concerning the tax increase hearing going around and inserted in The Ellis County Press.

"I will not be threatened," said Daniels, district 4 representative. "I kill people, I was in the military for 35 years."

Daniels continued to say, "Don’t threaten me, I will vote my conscience tonight."

Not the only one feeling heat from the flier, others expressed their opinions.

District 2 Councilman Todd Love said he wanted to make clear he does not always vote with City Manager Ricky Chil-ders recommendations.

"I vote issues, not people," said Love.

Support from ex-city or school officials to increase taxes were apparent.

"I am not Mark Cuban but, I have a check for $100 to give the city and I urge everyone of you to do the same," said Carol Strain-Burk, a member of the council for 10 years who was voted out this past May.

Ex-School Board President Carolyn Morris agreed.

"Everyone should be at the school board meeting, their taxes are high over there," said Morris, also voted out of her seat this past May.

"I agree, we should bring the mayor and city manager money."

The nine percent tax increase was approved with a final vote of 4-3.

Mayor Marcus Knight and Councilmember’s Love, Daniels and Clyde Hariston voted for the increase.

Mayor Deputy Pro Tem Nina Morris and Councilmember’s Marco Meja and Walter Weaver voted against.

"This was our third public hearing, we are not trying to deceive you [the taxpayers] at all," said Knight.

"This is your city, your council chambers, call or e-mail us."

While a water increase was also set off for the evening, Love questioned Childers recommendation about the quality of the water.

"It should taste better," said Childers.

Love recanted with, "should?"

"I don’t like paying more for something I don’t like," said Love.

With a motion made by Love, the water increase failed with a 4-3 vote.

Knight, Daniels and Hairston opposed.

Knight said the city will have to discuss what to do in a workshop later on since there are not going to be an increase in fees.

Finally, the budget was approved with a 4-3 vote the same as the tax increase.

Fifteen warm bodies will no longer have jobs as of Oct. 1, much to the disgrace of residents willing to pay the tax increase if the fire personnel could be kept on.

One local was noted as saying, "Our choices are between increased taxes and losing services, I don’t want to see anyone lose their job if at all possible."

Childers noted the city is cutting $1.5 million out of the budget by cutting 34 positions, 15 of those currently occupied.

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thomas Allen 09/16/2010 16:50:29
This is one reason why we must not yield our 2nd amendments right to keep and bear arms. Apparently, when James Daniels' power is threatened, he would use the power of government to kill people. Nobody threatened to kill him. Government wields the sword. If the people did not have the right to resist when their liberties were threatened, the people would return to serfdom. This is where the socialist state is leading us. All of the power will be in the hands of the state. The people will have no power to resist. They will be serfs again. The saying goes, "fear the government that fears your guns." As has also been said, in another day and another time. People go from bondage to great faith, from great faith to great courage, from great courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to complacency, from complancy to apathy, from apathy back to bondage. James Daniels' outburst is an example of the terror that awaits us with a government that takes away our means to resist. He bears watching.
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thomas allen 09/16/2010 17:19:31
I don't know what Carolyn Morris is talking about. The LISD operating tax rate has been frozen at $1.04 since at least 2007. It can't go any higher without a special election. It was reduced that year by around $.30 per $100.00 as a result of special legislation. That legislation was a tax relief measure, so where does Carolyn Morris get the idea that school taxes are high? True, they are higher than city taxes, but that has always been the case. The fact is, however, that the shool operating and maintenance tax rate is significantly lower than it was during most of her tenure on the board. She also might not be aware of the fact that the debt rate portion of the tax was lowered this year. I've seen her in school board meetings. She should have known that.
James Adams 09/17/2010 01:21:00
The outburst at Monday's Council Meeting would have been funny had the situation not been so dire. The leadership in lancaster just don't get it... The city cannot pull itself out of a financial hole by digging itself deeper into a financial hole. The math is simple. If you don't have the revenue you cannot continue to spend taxpayer funds as if you do. Mr. Daniels (District 4), Todd Love (district #2) and Mr Hairston (district #5) just don't get it. They had the chance to set the city on a correct path, but their lack of intestinal fortitude, and their obvious intent on showing solidarity for the City Manager, shows blatant contempt fort the working men, women and families in their districts. Sadly, the city of Lancaster will be in the same position next year.
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free bingo 09/20/2010 07:09:41
Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.
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