A modicum of Revolutionary spirit was revealed on the front page of the El Paso Times this morning. It surfaced in one Jimmy Loredo. He's the Chief Financial Officer for the local Ysleta Independent School District.
Presented with a $42,000 water bill for stormwater projects enacted as a result of the August '06 floods in El Paso and which took effect this March, Loredo refused to pay. According to the article, El Paso's three major school districts are being assessed an average of $41,300 per month in stormwater fees.
"We didn't pay it and I told the PSB" (Public Service Board - the local water authority) "that I wasn't going to pay it, either. If they want to come and cut our water off, let them. I would like to see them be responsible for sending 46,000 kids home."
It's nice to see outrage manifest in someone with the juevos (and children as leverage) refusing to just go along. (An option lost on most 21st Century Americans.) I don't know how this will play out, but it's pleasing to see someone revolt! (Ooh, someone getting "mad as hell and not gonna take it!" huh?)
We need flood control. We learned that from 2006 inundations that caused much damage. But we also need empathy from local governments that continue to raise taxes with no appreciation the paying public is experiencing a dramatic recession. We're all being stretched and squeezed and the status quo of endless wants and needs by governing entities must be tempered in these times out of appreciation of a public being increasingly ravaged by the soaring costs of food, energy, and taxes.
If not, I hope we can expect to see more folks with the juevos of Ysleta School District's financial officer. I didn't know anyone was capable of such revolting behavior any more.