An attempt by League City officials to maneuver around a state restriction on their regulatory authority was understandable, perhaps commendable, but the method they talked about this week seems unworkable and might, in the long run, further undermine the whole concept of local control.

At issue is the effect of House Bill 2439, which bans local ordinances requiring materials such as brick or stone, or forbidding the use of cheap materials on building exteriors. Cities often pass such rules in attempt to enhance the aesthetic appeal of a place and help maintain property values.

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Ray Taft

Found the bad policy the people don’t like. It’s higher taxes brought on by cities creating regulations that increase property values, so appraisal districts can get cities more tax dollars. “The more you invest in your property, the more your taxes go ...,” (”State law nixes building restrictions along Galveston's main drag,” The Daily News, Sept 1.)

Instead of focusing on the restrictions, give people incentives to upgrade their properties, instead of higher taxes.

Michael Byrd

It does seem to be a conflict of interest for an entity to mandate certain requirements which can then be taxed to the benefit of that same entity.

Stuart Crouch

HOA's are the devil. Always have been; always will be. They remain a perfect example of 'abuse of power'. The city mustn't look to create a new henchman to do their bidding for them. Leave it be and vote for overdue changes in our state government.

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