Today’s Headlines

  • Dallas Mayor Opposes Streets Bond Because Private Interests Won’t Pay to Lobby Citizens (Observer)
  • Forth Worth Wants Transportation User Fee on Water Bills, But Also MOAR ROADS! (Star-Telegram)
  • Houston Pedestrian Deaths Up 30% From Previous Year; Changes to Streets Needed (HPM)
  • San Antonio Pedestrian Deaths Up 40% From Previous Year; Lower Speeds, Crosswalks Needed (KSAT)
  • Neighbors Previously Demanded Crosswalk Where 75-Year-Old San Antonio Man Died Using Walker (KSAT)
  • Alamo Area MPO Misuses Term “Accident” While Supporting Vision Zero (News4SA)
  • …Asks for San Antonio Residents to Report Dangerous Intersections Directly to the MPO (AAMPO)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian Trying to Cross I-45 Freeway in Houston, Then Crashes Again (mySA)

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  • Flakker

    Re: water bills. The city of Newark, NJ had a situation a few years ago where the mayor attempted to spin off the city-owned water utility as an independent entity so that it could issue debts backed by water revenues. One of the key arguments against this (it ultimately failed) was that water bills, unlike property taxes or in Texas’s case sales taxes, are not federally tax deductible. In other words, if you want to pay for some kind of general use unrelated to a service’s stated purpose, not only is calling such a payment a “fee” dishonest, it’s also financially stupid from the perspective of wealthier taxpayers.