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Paying Money Gives A Person the Right to Complain

There has been a growing trend with politicians in the community that are trying to guilt trip people into doing more work in the community.  Volunteering is great, but using peer pressure to force people into volunteering is a nasty thing to do. Part of the guilt trip comes from certain Council members whenever they […]

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Budget Hearing Ends Without Acceptance

The City Council held a Budget Hearing on September 2, 2015.  The location of the meeting was planned as the meeting hall at the Braunig Lake RV Resort, however it was changed without warning to a cafeteria approximately 100 yards away. Related: City Council Holds Illegal Meeting; Violates State Law The meeting was open for […]

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2015 Budget Hearing Announced

The Sandy Oaks City Council has announced a budget hearing for September 2, 2015.  The hearing will start at 6:30 pm and will be held at the Braunig Lake RV Resort Meeting Hall, 13550 Donop Road, Elmendorf, Tx, 78112. Texas law requires cities to produce an itemized budget to “cover the proposed expenditures of the […]

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Ball Wants Property Tax to Cover Trash Collection

Alderman Micki Ball stated on July 9, 2015 that city wide trash collection should be paid for with property taxes. She said trash collection would be one of the “services provided through property tax.” The idea didn’t sit well with Aldermen and audience members alike.  One woman in the audience loudly responded “I don’t think […]

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Mayor Clement Says Budget Hearing Not Necessary

Mayor Jim Clement told a citizen of Sandy Oaks on July 1, 2015 that it wasn’t necessary for the City Council to have a Budget Hearing.   The reason Clement gave for not needing a Budget Hearing was that the city’s revenue would be less than $500,000 Texas Tax Hearing Law With regards to a […]

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Tax Exemptions for Vets, Elderly, and Disabled

On May 14, 2015, the Sandy Oaks City Council created property tax exemptions for senior citizens and those disabled. The Council had previously discussed these tax exemptions on March 21, 2015.  At that meeting the City Attorney, Art Martinez de Vara, suggested to the Council that they hold a workshop with a representative from Bexar […]

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Tax Hearing Planned

Mayor Jim Clement has scheduled a Tax Hearing for May 11, 2015.  He announced the Tax Hearing on May 8th by posting the meeting agenda at the WPPOA park gate. Included on the agenda is the presence of Bexar County Tax Assessor Collector Albert Uresti as well as a Carlos Gutierrez.  The agenda states they […]

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Who Owns the Roads?

On February 26, 2014 the City Council met to fix the tax debacle they created when they created an illegal amount of sales taxes.  The issue was that the city could only create up to 1.5% in sales taxes and instead created 1.75%.  The only reason it was 1.75% and not 2% is because someone […]

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3 Men Suspected of Tampering with Government Document

We live in a democratic republic, a special form of government that allows citizens to democratically elect representatives to represent.  When these representatives make decisions in government, they do so not just for themselves, but for the people who placed them into office. Secretly changing a decision that a democratically elected group changes i the […]

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City Council’s Sales Tax Woes

The Sandy Oaks City Council held a special meeting on February 26, 2015 to discuss the illegal amount of sales taxes they created last fall. In their first official meeting, the Council created an election for 3 new sales taxes that, if approved, would equal more than the amount allowed by Texas law.  The voters […]

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Keep The $180

People should at least consider the keeping of the $180 POA maintenance fee/assessment fee.  I know this is an unpopular point of view, but please consider some reasons why: The Fee Now Goes to The WPPOA The primary argument people use against the Fee is that it has never gone into the community and has […]

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Mayor Clement Wants VIA Back On Ballot

At the City Council meeting on February 12, 2015, Mayor Jim Clement wanted to discuss and consider placing the removal of the VIA sales tax up for election on the May 2015 ballot. The City Council had placed the 1/2% VIA sales tax on the November 2014 ballot last year and voters decided to keep […]

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City Council Created Illegal Sales Tax

By Texas state law, the maximum sales tax that can be imposed is 8.25%.  Of that, the state collects 6.25% which means that local municipalities and transit authorities can only impose an extra 2% of sales tax. The Sandy Oaks City Council, however, went beyond the legal limit. The Council Wanted The Maximum Above is […]

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Mayor Clement Says “Your money is OUR money”

The audio below is the 4rth part of a 4 part conversation with Sandy Oaks Mayor Jim Clement outside of Freedom Elementary on November 4, 2014.  The school served as the only polling location for citizens of the City of Sandy Oaks for the November election.  Clement met voters to convince them to vote in […]

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Mayor Jim Clement Lied to Voters Outside Polling Location

Sandy Oaks Mayor Jim Clement stood outside Freedom Elementary School on election day November 4, 2014.  The school served as the only polling location for citizens of the newly formed City of Sandy Oaks. The only items on the ballot specifically pertaining to the city were 4 propositions that dealt with sales taxes.  The first […]

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Results of Sales Tax Vote

Proposition 1 1% sales tax for general purposes 165 votes for (56%) 132 votes against (44%) Proposition 2 1/2% additional sales tax for general purposes 151 votes for (51%) 145 votes against (49%) Proposition 3 1/2% sales tax for road maintenance 194 votes for (65%) 104 votes against (35%) Proposition 4 Vote to keep VIA […]

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Tax Vote On November 4

The Sandy Oaks City Council has placed 4 items on the ballot in this Fall’s election. New Sales Taxes The first 3 are proposed sales taxes.  When the City Council voted to have the election for sales taxes all Aldermen except for Micki Ball were in favor of the new tax.  If approved, the sales […]

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City Council Wants Maximum Sales Tax, Minimum VIA

At its very first meeting, the Sandy Oaks City Council voted in favor of creating 3 propositions for a public vote on new sales taxes.  Micki Ball was the only Alderman who voted against all of the proposed propositions. The first proposition is a 1/2% sales tax for street maintenance.  The second proposition is for […]

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Dissecting SOPAC’s Proposed Revenue

In the meeting held at the Waterwood Clubhouse on July 8th, many items were discussed.  One of the most important was that of revenue. Now that Waterwood and surrounding areas have incorporated into the City of Sandy Oaks, there needs to be revenue to pay for what the city needs.  The entire point of having […]

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