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Diane Turski

Thank you for the clarification!

Diane Brodie


Ron Shelby

Galveston County is a fast growing county, thanks to our neighbor to the north. Our population has increased from 292,538 in 2010 to 322,225 in 2015. That's 30,000 additional residents (which is 10% in just 5 years), or more than half of the City of Galveston. These new residents require added services and infrastructure for water, sewer, fire, police, judicial, recreational and social services. Anyone thinking that the cost of a government that grows at a rate nearing 20% a decade, should be decreasing gets "F"s in both logic and math. The tax rate itself may decrease as values increase, but the overall bill to run government will continue to go up unless Galveston County experiences a reversal in population growth. I severely doubt that's going to happen. In the current demographic environment, there is no one that is going to be able to crow about cutting government's absolute revenues in any significant manner. If they tell you that, they are probably hiding the ball under another cup. Governments like the county and League City will always want to attract new businesses, which means a higher cost to govern with more workers, new residents, new school kids, new policing needs etc....

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