They still don’t get it.....Several
speakers at Monday night's Missouri City Council meeting
took up the issue of the city buying Quail Valley Country
Club as a park and a public golf course. They complained
that the city had done nothing for their area, specifically
businesses along FM 2234 and areas east of that roadway.
They seem to forget that the city has long spent money
hiring economic development staff to entice businesses to
And they don’t get the fact that if the
country club is allowed to close with no buyer in the
future, everyone’s taxes, including their own, will increase
substantially because the over 5,000 homes in Quail Valley
will decrease in value.
It’s like this: the assessed value of
Missouri City is, say, $100, and that $100 yields $10 in tax
revenue to run the city, including police and fire
But the values drop to $75, although the
city still needs the same $10 because it still has the same
number of citizens to protect with police and fire safety.
THEN the taxes have to increase on that
$75 to raise the $10. Everyone’s taxes--taxes on houses in
Hunter’s Glen, Quail Green West, Hunter’s Park, etc. will
have to increase.
If the city purchases the country club to
use as a park and public golf course, taxes may have to be
increased until the public golf club could start paying most
of its way.
It’s not like the citizens of Quail
Valley and the members of the Quail Valley Country Club are
getting a free ride. Those country club memberships will be
null and void. Those homes on the golf course will lose some
of their cachet as the private country club becomes a public
Before the end of the evening, the
complainers about the lack of city interest in their area on
FM 2234 and east, were joined by someone who wanted the city
to do something about Murphy Road, complaining that it was
Hey, people, I’ve got some news for you.
Except for Sugar Land/Highway 6 and on U.S. 59 at 99, most
of the rest of Fort Bend is not developing as fast either.
One might even say it is “stagnant.” There’s little the city
can do about it. Those other areas are “hot” right now.
One thing the city can do is to make sure
that its premier facility, the golf course, stays open and
even becomes a magnet for people to come to Missouri City.
The city buying the course as a public park is something
that will benefit all the citizens of Missouri City, not
just the few who live on the golf course.
Just the rumor about the closing of the
course has caused a decrease in home prices in Missouri City
in recent months. I know, because I have a house for sale
there and it’s not on the golf course. Yet the uncertainty
about the club has the home market in Quail Valley jittery.
So wake up and get over it. The city is
not trying to buy a country club for a privileged few. It is
trying to buy a public park for everyone--a park that will
keep up the values of the city. There are few reasons to
come to Missouri City unless you live there. An excellent
public golf course is a reason.
It’s laughable.....FBISD trustee Stan
Magee complaining about the board ignoring the Texas Open
Meetings Act is a joke when one considers the number of
times the fearsome four--i.e. Magee, Laurie Caldwell, and
former board members Lisa Rickert and Ken Bryant had private
meetings without benefit of an open meeting.
GrandStaning Stan also complains that
district personnel should get larger raises. Now that is the
prime example of why one should not elect board members who
are married to district personnel. Stan’s wife still teaches
so any nickel the teachers get is a nickel in Stan’s pocket.
Remember that every time GrandStaning Stan tries to eke out
Please, somebody run against this fool!
Another fool.....The reason Stan was
complaining was that the board had met in executive session
with its attorneys to set policy about the “new” Charlie
Howard law that promises anti-discrimination religious
freedom in our schools.
I put quote marks around “new” because it
has been my experience that students have always been free
to express their religious beliefs in the school to other
students. For example, my granddaughter, who is of the same
faith as Charlie, wears a cross. No one has ever told her to
take that off. Now if she had gotten on the loudspeaker and
preached a little sermon about the joys of being Baptist, I
think someone would have stopped her. They still will--even
with this “new” bill.
Christian clubs could and did meet at the
school, long before this “new” bill.
So while our legislature was grappling
with taxes, budgets, CHIPS, etc. Charlie was busy lining up
support for a bill that was unnecessary to begin with. But
it certainly played to his base.
We have been singularly unsuccessful in
finding someone to run for Charlie’s state representative
seat. No one wants it except Charlie, who enjoys pushing his
narrow agenda of bible and home schooling.
It doesn’t pay well and no one can afford
to take off several months every other year.
So I guess we are just stuck with Charlie
until Andy Meyers can retire from the county. Then he can
run for Charlie’s seat and build up a large state retirement
State representatives can get state
retirement after only a few years, and it is based on the
salary (as many offices are) of state district judges.
There’s nothing like sucking on two
Sorry, I’m in the mood this week of
thinking the whole human race is foolish. I see too many
examples of it every day and usually it doesn’t bother me
that much. Maybe I’ve been in the newspaper business too