First of all, you could see certain members of council trying to pretend they had no idea taxes would go up with they pushed for all of their projects to be on done post haste. In fact, they were trying to blame the city manager for no magically growing a pile of money from a tree in the foyer of the building. They forget that the city manager did find millions for the one of several Mexican Hispanic Latino Chicano Tejano Memorial Heritage Centers for Learning and Art that nobody needs or wants.
The mayor is in a bad spot because he doesn't want to raise taxes, but it looks like the promises to build all the quality of life bond issues items quickly is something he can't get past. Don't get confused about who is trying to do what here. Council wants to raise your taxes. The mayor doesn't want to raise your taxes. Council is making it seem like they are being forced to do something they don't want to do by the city manager, the ghost of John Wesley Hardin or whoever else seems plausible at the moment.
To add insult to injury, Rep. Lily Limon wants everyone working for the city, under contract with the city and all of Mexico to have a $10 minimum wage. She's never been able to explain why that number is the number, but she's demanding that it be the number. If she gets what she wants, your taxes are going to skyrocket over the next three years. Why?
Everything budgeted is based on workers within the city and outside the city making less than $10 an hour minimum wage. Not every worker makes less, but at least a third do. On a million dollar construction project you could increase labor costs by more than 20 percent as you scale everybody up from that bottom dollar. So, your $1 park becomes a $1.2 park - a number that wasn't budgeted for. Bottom line - if this passes your already woefully inaccurate construction estimates on the quality of life bond issues are going to be even worse.