Why Does Georgetown Sell Bonds Without Voter Approval?


Since filing to run for city council, numerous groups have let me know how frustrated they are with lack of transparency, or even response, on issues important to them. The Airport Concerned Citizens [ACC] are not only concerned about airport operations, they are bothered by how the city finances airport operations. Yet the city is quite comfortable with borrowing money without voter approval.

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Why is Georgetown Council Stonewalling Airport Questions?


Since filing to run for city council, numerous groups have let me know how frustrated they are with lack of transparency, or even response, on issues important to them. One of them is the Airport Concerned Citizens [ACC]. They aren’t people who moved near the airport and then started complaining. Their main concern isn’t about noise or air traffic from a few light planes, but the continued, expanded use of the airport for military and larger private jets.

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Revisiting Council Member Pitt’s Numbers


Gene Reeder pulled information out of an analysis by Council member Pitts in a recent publication of The Advocate.  Using numbers supplied by Pitts, it is clear that the budget variance was $48 million.  Hard to believe that such a shortfall was not discussed in depth by the GUS board and the council, with Mr. Fought in attendance.  Also, the CRR credits were/are large relative to energy prices, but Pitts did not disclose why they were not discussed at council.

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When Do Residents Matter?


Despite claims of those supporting the development parade, Georgetown has grown because Austin is growing.  Growth that is inevitable does not need to be so painful to those of us already here. Our council and city management should be doing everything they can to have healthy growth instead of simply bragging about our city’s growth.

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Georgetown Water Supply – Raw and Treated


Georgetown gets its water from the Edwards Aquifer on the east side of town, and from Lake Georgetown and Lake Stillhouse Hollow everywhere else. A recent Texas Monthly article called attention to depletion of the Trinity aquifer in Bell and northwest Williamson counties. However, the Edwards aquifer is much more porous, which makes its recharge much more efficient compared to the Trinity. So Georgetown is not at immediate risk from water shortages, but some attention is needed.

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Why All the Secrecy?


I think we have been asking the wrong questions about the solar array on the Westside Service Center.

Mr. Putnam and the Texas Public Policy Foundation were chasing the cost and payback period for the solar panels atop the City’s Westside Service Center.  I am more curious as to why the City went to such great lengths to hide this information.  And hide it they did; in plain sight.

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Poor Decisions Are Expensive


Peter Drucker states that “Management effectiveness is doing the right things well.”

Our $50 million energy losses are clear evidence that, by Professor Drucker’s standard and/or any other reasonable measure of merit, our city’s decision processes are seriously flawed. A combination of arrogance and ignorance is always expensive and we all know who pays.

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Choice is a basic Texas value.


Most Texans can choose an electric service plan that best meets their needs. But not in Georgetown! Why? Choice is a basic Texas value. If the Georgetown electric service market were open to competition, people could choose a Retail Electric Provider that offers innovative plans, e.g. free nights, free weekends, 100 percent renewable, etc. They could choose a 6, 12, or 24 months fixed or variable contract and probably pay less than what they pay in Georgetown.

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