The Richardson City Council held a public hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 and the proposed tax rate of $0.63516 per $100 valuation.Gregory (Scotland Yard detective): "Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
Holmes: "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
Gregory: "The dog did nothing in the night-time."
Holmes: "That was the curious incident."
Source: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Members of the public got their five minutes in the spotlight to come before the council and find fault. You know the drill. Taxes are too high. You're spending too much. You're spending on the wrong things. You're loading up our children with an unbearable burden of debt. You're corrupt. You're stupid. You're not listening to us (that is, to me).
After the jump, the curious turn that Monday's public hearing took.
There was one speaker. One. That's right. And she said that she has a friend who is considering buying a rent home and he's concerned about what the taxes are going to be. Are those going to be going up?
The answer? No.
That was it. One speaker. No complaints. Curious, right? I just might have to rethink my impression that there are knee-jerk malcontents in Richardson who complain about everything (yours truly excepted). Congratulations to the Richardson City Council for putting together a balanced budget with no tax rate increase, all of which miraculously failed to provoke any public opposition.
Famous last words: there's a second public hearing scheduled for August 27.