HCDE records show increased property tax collections
Morales' claims of always voting to lower property taxes or rates not possibly true

Please see the actual tax collection records for the Harris County Department of Education for the years Roy Morales was an elected trustee. Mr. Morales repeatedly claims in person and in writing that he, along with the other trustees, somehow lowered or kept the same HCDE property taxes during his term in office. That is clearly not the case as the documents from the Harris County Tax Office received from an open records request show that HCDE property tax collections rose $5,111,293.20, 37%, from the baseline tax year 2006 when he was elected through the final 2012 tax rate vote he set before leaving office. This statistic uses the current tax collection collected.

In addition, Mr. Morales personally made the motion on October 23, 2012 to raise the HCDE tax rate to its highest in recent history to 0.006617 cents per $100 of valuation. The rate was adopted by a 4 to 3 vote, and tax bills were mailed and paid based upon the increase. The following article shows the minutes of the HCDE meeting that former Tax Assessor-Collector Don Sumners also attended:

The reason Mr. Sumners attended as the elected Tax Assessor-Collector, was the proposed tax rate published by HCDE was even higher still so he went to get it reduced. The adopted rate was clearly higher than the prior year’s 2011 HCDE tax rate of 0.006581 . As a result, HCDE current property tax collections rose from $17,871,115.39 in 2011 to $18,913,061.97 or an increase of $1,041,946.58 . This 5.83% increase is due to the combined effects of the tax rate increase and valuations. It was paid by all county-wide taxpayers and can be clearly seen online at HCTO Tax Receipts account by account for these two years 2011 and 2012.

Therefore, there is no fact or supposition of fact that Mr. Morales claims of always voting to lower property taxes or rates is possibly true. The Morales motion on the HCDE Property Tax rate increase help cost all County Taxpayers 1.1 Million Dollars.

Michael Kubosh announces candidacy for Houston City Council Pos. 3
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Video by Mikael Mustonen

City Council races taking shape
Friday, February 15, 2013
by Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle

Ready or not, here they come.

Houston City Council races, particularly in seats being vacated by term-limited council members, as well as in the controversial Helena Brown‘s District A, are filling up.

Michael Kubosh held a press conference this morning to announce his candidacy for City Council, At-Large Position 3. The seat is being vacated by Melissa Noriega, who is term-limited.

The name should be familiar. The candidate is one of the bail-bondsmen Kubosh brothers who last year sought to repeal a new law requiring City H all’s permission to serve charitable meals on city-owned land, but were told they had turned in the signatures too late to force a referendum. They also organized the referendum that banned the city’s red light cameras. Kubosh ran for Senate District 7 as a Democrat in 2006, losing to Dan Patrick. Read more >>

Michael Kubosh announces bid for Houston City Council
Friday, February 15, 2013
by David Jennings, Big Jolly Politics

Houston bail bondsman and political activist Michael Kubosh formally announced his intention to run for Houston City Council, At-Large 3 this morning in front of a large group of supporters at City Hall.

The eclectic mix of supporters included Pastor James Nash of the St Paul Missionary Baptist Church, State Rep. Allen Fletcher (R-130), Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel, Bernadette McLeroy of the Republican Hispanic Citizens in Action, Robin Y. Bennett of Robin’s Haven of Hope, former Harris County Dept. of Education Trustee Mike Wolfe, current council candidates Mike Knox and Trebor Gordon, and Houston community activist Quannell X.

Like I said, an eclectic mix of supporters that Kubosh has earned by working hand in hand with them on several major issues in the city, most notably leading the coalition to remove the obnoxious red light cameras. Of course, when one of the Kubosh brothers does something, they all do it – brothers Paul and Randy were there today, along with Momma Kubosh. Read more >>