Repair Roads The current massive West University Place Speedway, which hasn’t been improved since the 1950s. Heavier new trash trucks and Metro buses have taken their toll, causing shifting of the outer lane that has separated the storm inlet from the storm main, resulting in the need for costly repairs. How costly? An estimated $12-18 million. The good news is that 80 percent will be funded from the Texas Department of Transportation and a sizeable federal contribution, so the taxpayers. West U will control the construction and timing to minimize inconvenience to residents and will be responsible for the cost The policy of West U has been not to issue additional debt for road improvements until existing debt instruments mature in 2020. The city has adopted a “Pay as You Go” policy that recently funded the reconstruction of the 3800 and 3900 blocks of Ruskin street. Prohibit Overnight Street Parking This comes up every few years. A social policy to make people park in their garages strains the libertarian grain of many West U residents. Small lots — and a sizeable cars — are not a good mix, so people end up parking along the curbs, on the street. Is it perfect? Not at all. But cars parked on the street are an Lower Taxes “Lower taxes” is a common mantra of almost every candidate running for election, city, state or federal, Republican or Democrat. In West University Place cutting taxes means cutting spending, and that means reducing services. And who in West University Place wants services cut? Anyone? Anyone? For perspective, remember only about 14 percent of your property tax bill goes to the city of West University Place. The largest chunk, 53 percent, goes to the Houston Independent School District. The various Harris County taxing entities take about twice what West U does. At the most recent annual public hearings in West U to talk about their budget concerns, only two residents wanted their who speaks at every meeting and complains about virtually everything. So there does not appear to be a clamoring of West U residents demanding their municipal taxes be reduced. The likely reason level of service. MILD OR SPICY! What’s your style? You don’t have to be Emeril Lagasse to add a little BAM! to get the latest in kitchen conveniences. We all know that everyone gravitates to the kitchen in a home and your your style!
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