Election Day for the upcoming Runoff Elections is on Saturday, June 10, 2017 for Pearland and Sugar Land. Early voting will begin on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and end on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Houston Business Connections Magazine is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Call (281)788-3033 to discuss your inclusion in our next edition.
KEY RUNOFF ELECTION BATTLEGROUND VOTING PRECINCTS FOR MAYOR TOM REID AND HIS CHALLENGER QUENTIN WILTZ IN THE SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017 RACE FOR MAYOR OF PEARLAND, TEXAS
THE "PROHIBITIVE FAVORITE" in the race for Mayor of Pearland, Texas is Mayor Tom Reid. Based on our research and study of this race Mayor Tom Reid should win. However, he must reach out to "ALL" Pearlanders to do so. Mayor Tom Reid beat his challenger Quentin Wiltz in the following voter precincts back in the Saturday, May 6, 2017 General Election race for Mayor of Pearland, Texas: 12, 13, 26, 27, 28, 36, 46, 47, 51, 52, 61, 537, and 654. Aubrey R. Taylor Communications is calling these voter precincts Mayor Tom Reid's stronghold-base. These precincts/neighborhoods must go to the polls in record numbers if Mayor Tom Reid is to emerge the victor on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The voting precincts won by Quentin Wiltz back in the Saturday, May 6, 2017 General Election race for Mayor of Pearland, Texas were: 29, 44, 50, 54, 59, 60, 62, 67, 762, and 1134. Aubrey R. Taylor Communications is calling these voter precincts the stronghold-base for Quentin Wiltz. These precincts/neighborhoods must go to the polls in record numbers for Quentin Wiltz to have a chance at unseating Mayor Tom Reid on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Early voting begins on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and ends on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Don't forget to vote early!
KEY RUNOFF ELECTION BATTLEGROUND PRECINCTS FOR THE PEARLAND CITY COUNCIL POSITION #7 RACE BETWEEN DALIA KASSEB AND WOODY OWENS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017
The "PROHIBITIVE FAVORITE" in the race for Pearland City Council At-Large Position #7 is Woody Owens. However, anything can happen in this race if Woody Owens fails to reach out to voters beyond his current base. At first glance, the election returns look as if Dalia Kasseb should be the clear favorite -- but not so fast! A deeper review of the "PRECINCT CANVASS REPORT" for this race paints a very different picture of what actually happened back on Saturday, May 6, 2017 in the General Election race for Pearland City Council At-Large Position #7. Don't forget that: VOTER PRECINCT 12 and VOTER PRECINCT 26 were won by G.C. Sonny Atkins.VOTER PRECINCT 27 was won by Sherry Stockwell. Keep in mind, VOTER PRECINCT'S 13, 28, 29, 36, 44, 50, 54, 59, 60, 62, 67, 762, and 1134 were won by Dalia Kasseb. Also keep in mind, VOTER PRECINCT'S 46, 47, 51, 52, 61, 537 and 654 were won by Woody Owens back in the Saturday, May 6, 2017 General Election race for Pearland City Council At-Large Position #7. And don't forget that Sherry Stockwell, G.C. Sonny Atkins, and Terry Gray -- three (3) of the candidates who also ran for the newly created Pearland City Council Position #7 seat are endorsing Woody Owens in the Saturday, June 10, 2017 Runoff Election over Dalia Kasseb. Early voting begins on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and ends on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
KEY RUNOFF ELECTION BATTLEGROUND PRECINCTS FOR THE SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT #4 RACE BETWEEN CAROL McCUTCHEON AND QAISAR Q. IMAM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017
The "PROHIBITIVE FAVORITE" in the race for Sugar Land City Council District #4 is Carol McCutcheon. In case you don't know: Carol McCutcheon beat Qaisar Q. Imam in the following voter precincts to make the Saturday, June 10, 2017 Runoff Election: PRECINCT 4047 (172 to 16), PRECINCT 4064 (21 to 10), PRECINCT 4084 (42 to 23), PRECINCT 4119 (136 to 110), PRECINCT 4131 (41 to 27), and PRECINCT 4135 (85 to 64) according to the Fort Bend County Clerk’s Office. Qaisar Q. Imam beat Carol McCutcheon in the following precincts to make the Saturday, June 10, 2017 Runoff Election: PRECINCT 4102 (236 to 82), and PRECINCT 4129 (167 to 123) according to the Fort Bend County Clerk’s Office. Early voting begins on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and ends on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Don't forget to vote early!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
BULLETIN: Carroll G Robinson says Houston Finances Need More Than Pension Reform in a recent Op-Ed sent to Houston Dallas Fort Worth Business Connections Magazine
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Houston Finances Need More Than Pension Reform
By Carroll G. Robinson*
The biggest financial challenge confronting our city is not pension reform, it is Modernizing City Government through the use of technology and modern supply chain logistics to reduce the cost of delivering core city services while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of city government.
Houston needs leaders who truly understand this financial reality.
According to the City’s own Long Range Financial Management Task Force Reports, the city’s top three General Fund expenses are Salaries, Operating Expenses and Interest payments on the General Operating (GO) Debt.
Pension payments are the fourth largest General Fund expense and Health Care Benefits are fifth.
In addition to Modernizing City Government to reduce its operating expenses, Houston also needs a Strategic Business Plan for increasing General Fund Revenues–sales and property taxes–without the need for raising the City’s property tax rate or creating more new city fees.
In fact, the current fees for small businesses to do business in Houston should be consolidated and reduced.
We need to attract more businesses, entrepreneurs, jobs and employees into our city and not just into our region or out in the county. Doing so is the foundation for generating more General Fund Revenue for the city to be able to pay all of its bills now and in the years ahead.
Houston must also generate more Investment Income off the General Fund cash flow, Fund Balance and Rainy Day Fund Balance.
Houston needs more college graduates living inside the city and more affordable workforce housing throughout the city.
More college graduates living inside the city will help increase the average income inside the city, which will help boost sales tax revenue to the city.
More affordable workforce housing throughout the city will mean more intellectual capital, innovation and creativity inside of our city.
All of which will help grow and sustain our economy and help generate more General Fund Revenue for the city.
To increase the city’s sales and property tax revenue, we must also attract more development and construction inside the city while respecting and protecting our neighborhoods and the environment. We must also fix the potholes in our streets and use new and more innovative infrastructure technology to prevent and fix breaks in the city’s water pipes.
Our neighborhoods and their residents are the heart of our city. Our neighborhoods must be safe, clean, healthy, and prosperous places for all Houstonians to live, work, build a business; raise a family and worship.
To attract more sales tax revenue to Houston, the city should support legalizing gaming in Texas. We should also extend light rail to Hobby Airport, establish Bus Rapid Transit from downtown to Bush Intercontinental Airport move forward on establishing the South Main Innovation Zone and secure construction of a convention hotel in the Astrodome/Reliant Stadium area to help support the Rodeo, Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and our community continuing to attract major sporting and convention events.
Houston is a world class international city and someday we should host a Summer Olympic Games.
Doing all these things will help generate more General Fund Revenue for our city.
If all Houstonians have “An Opportunity to Do Better” and we work together to “Make Houston Greater” and make these the foundation and goal of a Strategic Business Plan for our city, Houston will generate all the General Fund Revenue needed to pay all of its bills.
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*Carroll G. Robinson is a former At‐Large Houston City Council Member. He is an Associate Professor at Texas Southern University, a Citizen Member of the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund and served on the Advisory Board of K9s4COPS. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities and the Houston--‐Galveston Area Council (H-GAC).