Wylie is Rolling in Dough

At the last Wylie City Council meeting, City Manager Mindy Manson showed council a preliminary budget during the work session. The chart they used this year shows the tax rate making a steep drop over the past five years. Interesting.

Mayor Eric Hogue and a few council members love to toss around the false narrative that they are reducing our taxes and this chart is a great representation of that. Or is it?

Though the city may have reduced the tax rate, the highest in all of Collin County I might add, this chart and the false narrative only perpetuate a mass misconception. It is easy to pass this chart around because they know that taxpayers get confused about how their taxes work.

When the city council tells you they lowered your taxes, they mean they lowered your tax rate. From the chart above, they only lowered it five cents between 2012 and 2017.  The city representatives love to show this chart, because it makes them feel like heroes for making you think your taxes are taking a nosedive. Except they aren't.

Now let's compare the Wylie City estimated taxes from 2012 through 2017 using an average-priced home as our basis. More to the point, using my home.

This is the reality of that alleged tax reduction that Mayor Hogue and council members like to pretend they gave you. These numbers are the estimated taxes that came directly from my notices of appraised value from 2012 through 2017. Does this look like a tax reduction to you? Obviously it's not.

The taxes paid to Wylie continually increase because the city council refuses to adopt the effective tax rate each year. Instead, they opt to take more money from taxpayers, and pretend they are giving you a tax break by lowering the rate slightly. Certainly not enough to offset the massive increase.

Now some people try to blame the Collin County Central Appraisal District for their increasing taxes. Except, this entity only sets your home's appraisal value. Mostly they pull the number out of their behinds, but for the most part, the appraisals have pretty much been lower than what I could have sold my home for each year. The fact is, scarcity, among other things, has caused home values to increase dramatically over the past couple years and is expected to again in the coming year.

That said, each year, the appraisal district announces the effective tax rate, which is supposed to be adopted by city council to help offset the tax burden on homeowners. The effective tax rate helps keep your payment out the door generally the same as the previous year. Clearly, that is not what Wylie has been doing. Instead they have been taking your money and touting a fake tax reduction.

Now lets take a look at the difference between our current tax rate of .8489 and if Wylie were to lower our taxes by ten cents to .7489 this year. That 2017 payment of $1944.28  on my home, would be reduced to $1715.24, essentially rolling back to their 2015 budget. They could certainly live within those means, considering how much money they took in between 2012 and 2015, plus all the new property tax revenue on the anticipated 350 new homes as well as new businesses opening this year.

Now tell me again how Wylie isn't rolling in the dough?

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Wylie Sister Entities - One is Not Like the Other

Guess what showed up in The Wylie News last Wednesday? Front cover, above the fold even. An article about how concerned citizens would be protesting the Wylie ISD board meeting last Monday, just like they protested at the city council meeting a couple weeks ago.

Except, they weren't. For anyone following the We the People Facebook page, or even Nextdoor, there was no discussion of a Wylie ISD protest. Still, the notice was worth sharing on social media to see just how many people are concerned about the school taxes. Precisely two people showed up.

So exactly how did this article make it into the paper then? As I've mentioned before, the newspaper often prints articles at the behest of Mayor Eric Hogue. They are, after all, the "official city newspaper of Wylie", a title bestowed upon them by a council vote each year.

So think back to the city council meeting last week. At the end of the budget work session, Mayor Hogue was sure to mention that people need to protest the other three taxing entities: Collin College, Collin County and Wylie ISD. Conveniently, the next day the newspaper article hit the newsstand.

So if Collin College and Collin County have been routinely lowering their tax rates to citizens, what entity do you think Mayor Hogue was referring to? That's right, Wylie ISD. There's nothing quite like your mayor playing adversary against the school district.

Now think back to The Wylie News article mentioned above. If there had been zero discussion among protesters about attending the Wylie ISD meeting, why, then, did the newspaper publish this article saying there was?

I suppose the newspaper might have attempted to insinuate a protest, but that does not represent journalistic integrity, making it highly doubtful that the newspaper just made up this story. For this story to go to print, they would have been approached by someone feeding them information; or misinformation as it were. I wonder, who would gain from taking some of the tax heat off of the city and placing it on the school district? Obviously, a rhetorical question.

What came out of this faux Wylie ISD protest is the ability to show people the difference between a Board of Education that behaves as a partner with citizens and which sits quietly and thoughtfully through public comment, versus an unruly and unprofessional Wylie City Council, that seems confounded as to the definition of "public comment" and how to behave through it. Here is an assessment of my last two meeting experiences, as I watched how other citizens were treated by both entities.

From the moment citizens walk into a city council meeting, they may be stared down or just plain ignored, unless they seek to approach someone. Certainly, our mayor is not working the crowd in the entryway or welcoming citizens into the chamber. When you walk in, it is reverent, like a courtroom. When you speak to council during a work sessions, some sit with their fist propping up their head in what appears to be boredom, some attempt to shut you down while you are talking, sometimes they invite staff to do a mic grab and they even debate your point of view.

Contrast that starkly with Wylie ISD. Once a citizen enters, they are hard pressed to avoid a practical bear-hug from Superintendent Dr. David Vinson, If he doesn't go in for the hug, he is happy to chat with everyone and make them feel welcome. There are smiles all around and some of the other board members also work the crowd, as do staff. Everyone there does their best to make citizens feel welcomed. When you walk in, it feels warm and lively. When you speak to the board, they actively listen. At this particular board meeting, when the citizens finished speaking, one board member gave heart-felt encouragement to concerned citizens.

Notice if you will, the difference in how the public is treated by these sister entities:

Wylie City Council Work Session http://wylietx.swagit.com/play/06132017-1265

Wylie ISD Meeting (video to be updated once Wylie ISD publishes it to their website).

Turns out the crap bomb that Mayor Hogue had intended to spatter on Wylie ISD, when he suggested taxpayers should protest the other taxing entities, instead exploded on him. So not only does Hogue's mayoral legacy include increasing taxes over the past four years, soon to be five, but it also includes his inhospitable council meetings. He does, after all, lead by example.

Many sisters get along very well, but every now and then there's that petty family member that tries to cause trouble. It's too bad, too, because the Wylie ISD trustees show us how easy it is to have grace and compassion for those who are affected by their decisions. I have never witnessed this at a council meeting.

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Wylie Council Admonishes a Concerned Citizen During Public Comment

Shame on Councilman Jeff Forrester, Councilwoman Diane Culver, Mayor Pro Tem Keith Stephens and Mayor Eric Hogue for admonishing this concerned citizen over his questions about staff and PD headcount. 

This poor man didn't even get to finish his statements before it quickly became the council show. Forrester led a several minute admonishment, followed by Culver who went on a several minute diatribe, followed by Hogue who drafted the Chief of Police to step in. 

The man's concerns turned into stern admonishment for an extended period of time, as he stepped to the side and waited to get the floor again. And our smug Mayor looked on. 

This image beautifully portrays what happened during public comment of the council budget work session tonight. When it was over, for council to welcome this man back to meetings doesn't erase the ill-mannered behavior that was displayed by the majority. 

Very disrespectful!

Wylie Taxpayer Demands

CAFR is an acronym for Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and it is where the "real" numbers of city business are held. Well, sort of. You'll be hard pressed to find out exact expenditures but you will see overall budgeting and totals.

Let's tackle one sneaky way the city increases your taxes paid to them.

As you can see from the image, the city breaks down their tax rate into two sections - debt service and basic rate. How taxes are supposed to work is that when debt is paid down, the city should reduce the basic rate by that amount. Except, the City of Wylie has been raking that extra dough in, thus knowingly increasing our taxes.

This can be witnessed when comparing the last ten years of tax revenue by source. According to the 2016 CAFR, Wylie's Ad Valorem (a fancy way of saying property tax) increased 107.2%, Sales Tax increased 111.3%, and franchise taxes increased 39.7%.

In fact, the total tax revenue increase since 2007 has been 101%.

So it begs to be asked, wasn't the city supposed to take the tax burden off of homeowners, once they started realizing increases in sales and franchise tax revenue from all the businesses moving in? Well, that is how a well-run city is supposed to do it anyway.

When we look at excess fund balances on Wylie's 2015 CAFR, the ending fund balance was $29,183,358. Since they only banked $631,077 over the previous year they likely spent the excess tax revenue windfall from increased property, sales and franchise taxes.

On Wylie's 2016 CAFR, the ending fund balance is $32,335,323 and they banked $3,151,965 over the previous year, which likely means they put the $2.9 million property, sales and franchise tax revenue windfall in the bank.

Notice how Wylie's financial position improves from year to year. So much for taxing entities being not for profit. 

With all those extra funds Wylie is realizing, it shouldn't be a stretch to the imagination to see the sandbagging that takes place during the budget season year after year. This is done to purposely keep our tax rate artificially high. The funds are either spent or put in the bank; they don't just magically disappear.

Below is a fine piece of sandbagging presented by our city manager for the 2016 budget. Note that each year the City Manager presents a budget that starts out lower in revenue and ends dramatically higher. 

Expenses conveniently end at a deficit (for example in 2016 the city manager's office overspent by $35K and combined services/general overspent by $393K). Things like public safety, urban development and streets start high and end low as those numbers are sandbagged in the budget.

An example of this can be seen in public safety where they sandbagged with over $18.1 million budgeted but actually only spent $17.5 million.

Last week some of Wylie's astute taxpayers met and studied the CAFR. The result of this meeting is that they identified that the city has more than enough funds in their budget to cover a healthy tax decrease. 

Because of this, Wylie taxpayers are demanding the budget be "rightsized" this year by:
  • Adopting the effective tax rate
  • Promising to reduce the basic rate as debt service is paid off from here forward
  • Giving taxpayers an additional reduction of ten cents, which is in line with many of the North Texas cities similar in size
Nothing less will be acceptable.

So while the city council and administrators pick themselves up from the floor,  here are a few other requests.

  • The city manager should come to council with a reasonable budget, abruptly ending the sandbag show, or she should be fired
  • A contrite council needs to vote  for the substantial tax break outlined above
  • Mayor Eric Hogue needs to apologize for bending us all over for years, while on his watch

Problem solved.

How Many Wylie Businesses Haven't Paid City Taxes?

I feel the need to revisit the Lawyer's Title deal again, because someone needs to.

Recall in my post Wylie Good Old Boy System Must Go, a claim was made at a council meeting that the City of Wylie tax was left off of the Collin County Central Appraisal District (CCAD) tax bill, for the Lawyers Title property between 2009- 2013.

The owner of Lawyers Title is Baron Cook, who's business, Wylie Industrial Court Dev Ltd., actually owns the Lawyers Title property.

During that council meeting, presumably because the situation was too confounding for anyone at the city to figure out, and because it would cost the city additional legal fees, council decided to forgive the interest and fees on what Cook owed on behalf of his company. The result of the meeting was that he had to pay his back taxes sans fees. That's great.

I wonder then, why previous years were ignored at this meeting? That's right. The Freedom of Information Act request I made to CCAD came back showing the city taxes for 2007 and 2008 were also left off those bills. Interesting.

Might I also point out here that it was intimated in the council meeting that Wylie Industrial Court Dev Ltd. was not receiving the tax bills because they were going to the realtor who was renting the space at the time. My, but that is interesting considering the address on these statements went directly to the business address, and not the Lawyers Title address.

I am left with so many questions as to exactly how such an omission at the CCAD could occur. Did these taxes actually go unpaid? Why didn't the city spend time researching the issue prior to placing it on the agenda, instead of just taking someone's word for it? Is the city really that derelict in their duty as fiduciaries on behalf of all taxpayers? Just how many other businesses in Wylie have missed paying city taxes? Exactly how far back does the city portion of taxes go unpaid on that property? Who exactly were on the boards at CCAD during this time frame? Was there some type of cronyism going on?

All valid questions, especially when we are researching the city's wasteful spending of our tax dollars.

I suppose we'll never know the full extent of this situation, and just how many other businesses have been affected by this CCAD omission of taxes. For me, it's definitely up there in the things that make you go hmmm.

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Welcome New Readers

Taxes are some serious business, and I've picked up quite a few new readers because of them. On Facebook, someone even went so far as to pay to promote my Wylie's Good Old Boy System Must Go post. Whoever you are, thank you. That was awesome.

Welcome to all my new readers who are incensed over Wylie's ridiculous tax rate. I've been here fighting for you for many years. Sometimes I'm snarky, sometimes I'm serious and sometimes I even crack myself up, but all of the time I genuinely care. .

I've been blogging about the situations in Wylie for a long time and I have truly heard it all. I've been threatened, called names, accused of being biased (um ya, this is a blog full of my personal opinions), and told I need to run for office. I've also been fed information. A lot. And what I love most is when people recognize me around town and reach out saying they are big fans. For this I am humbly and eternally grateful.

Through the years I've had my name on and off this blog, depending upon where I worked and how uncomfortable my employer was about my having a blog. It really doesn't matter what my name is, those who need to know who I am, do.

As a blogger, you have to stick to your convictions, question everyone's motive, form a thick layer of skin and most important, you have to be particularly fearless. That's me.

As regurgitated threats to shut me up make their rounds yet again, let me introduce myself so as to steal their thunder. I am the Gen X product of the 70s and 80s, instant gratification, sex, drugs and rock and roll, "me" generation. I had a mohawk and put my hair up with Elmer's glue and hairspray because there was no such thing as Got 2B Glued back in the day. I admit freely that I was a wild child, all of which I have blogged about at one time or another. I am utterly human.

I have shared why I became fervently pro-life in Punk Life, after holding my best friend's hand during her abortion, while watching nurses carry what looked like a pickle jar with baby bits floating in bloody liquid out of the room.

I have also shared my stories on being bullied, abused and raped. No pity. It's all character building.

Hells, I've even blogged about going through the change of life in Menopause: Satan's Plan V. I just don't know how much more open I can make my life than that. All these experiences have made me an incredibly strong, opinionated and loyal woman with a wicked sense of humor.

I know very few people with the smalls to publicly display their skeletons, so for those who don't like me and hope to discredit me, knock yourself out casting the first stone.

I will, however, continue to write this blog because of the strong sense of justice I feel.

So on with the merriment as I begin digging into Wylie's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and show you how you have been outright lied to about our tax rate going down and about where our money is going.

Why I Started This Blog

I am of the opinion that Mayor Eric Hogue only remains mayor because city administrators do a great job of telling people that they cannot possibly hold down a full-time job while performing the part of mayor. This, of course, is simply not true.

The fact is, Hogue has made the position of mayor the Hogue Show. One where he orchestrates his pet project, magic, and attempts to direct influence over the local newspaper, but they don't seem to be getting very far these days. You see, the city screwed themselves in that arena after they created a position for the reporter and hired her on. Shortly after, they became unhappy with the new reporter. Now the Wylie News reporter has been relegated to the back 40 instead of holding a seat at the dais like they used to.

In the past, Mayor Eric Hogue would have made sure he attended a controversial city council meeting, but at the last meeting, where there was a planned tax protest, he was a no show. Why?

This was a complete departure from yesteryear's Hogue who relished an opportunity to mastermind the demise of an opponent, or at least shut them down during public discussion. Tactics used in the past include making "clarifications" while the citizen is speaking, so as to use up some of their allotted three minutes, and preempting a complaint because he knew what would be said from the form the person filled out. Another tactic is that after citizens speak without filling out the form, a staff member traipses after them asking them to fill out the form under the pretense of following up. In reality, they are identifying who the problem citizens are.

So instead of staying home and dealing with the protest, Hogue hid in Las Vegas and left Mayor Pro Tem Keith Stephens to deal with the protest. Hogue certainly did not have to attend the conference in Vegas. He could have sent someone else, or he could have let WEDC members represent Wylie. Then again, maybe he was visiting his magic pal David Copperfield again on the taxpayer's dime. It's no secret Copperfield has an ongoing show there and that magic is Hogue's pet project.

Why did Hogue not show up for something as important as a tax rate protest? Showing up for that meeting could have proved detrimental to his "legacy" should he read as uncaring, disingenuous or arrogant to the protesters, all of which were very real possibilities. Instead, he left council to their own devices, and they showed their true colors.

Some of the attendees told me that from the looks of the faces of those sitting at the dais, they felt the only ones who cared and took notes were Councilman Toby Wallis, DMV and Councilman Jeff Forrester. They felt like the others were totally disinterested in what was being said, including City Manager Mindy Manson. They felt let down, like council would be happy to show them the door and replace them with people who have the money and don't mind paying the high taxes. They did not feel like the majority of council were genuinely interested.

Was the citizen input really lost on them? What do they need to do to get their attention? Do they need to line up 100 people to speak? Council really had a prime opportunity to see first hand just how much their actions have hurt the people they claim to represent, and those who attended and spoke felt like they simply did not care.

The result is that citizens, who would rather spend their time coaching little league and attending their own functions are now forced to speak out against the steadily increasing taxes.

This is all part of the larger problem with city leaders. The prevailing attitude is that people are applying for these seats and running for council so they can work their pet project or add it to their resume. How does that help anyone but themselves? What do citizens need to do to be heard?

I started a blog.

Blog naysayers, who are usually friends of those I am reporting on, attempt to discredit me. They claim I complain but offer no solutions. I call BS on that. Through the years I have offered more solutions than I can count. The problem is, our city officials are under the misconception that only their opinion matters. They start out consulting taxpayers then they fall into believing their decisions represent what they "think" citizens want.  Their excuse is that if they don't hear from anyone then it's house rules. Soon, the freshly appointed or elected member slowly erodes into what's good for the cause, rather than what's good for the masses.

They also claim I should run for council or a board or else I have no right to complain. Through the years I have sacrificed more personal time dedicated to making the city a better place than any of those sitting on boards. The problem is our city leaders don't want to hear solutions which they did not come up with on their own. As with many politicians, they remain closed-minded, despite lip service claiming otherwise.

This dynamic led to the exchange I had with Kevin Finnell, a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustments, who sought me out through my blog's Facebook page. The argument he made is that anyone who complains isn't worthy of attention when they don't sit on one of the few, select boards.

By seeking a private citizen out to admonish, he does a discredit to the position. Authoring this blog is not an official public position. I was not elected or appointed to do this. This is my personal blog full of my personal opinions that are protected by the Second Amendment, I might add. The fact that he felt comfortably within his right to dress me down and even cuss, is a perfect example of the mentality we have seen displayed by many of Wylie's leaders.

The exchange with this board member is eerily reminiscent of when I was verbally accosted by a Planning and Zoning commission member.  Well at least the P&Z woman didn't cuss at me like this man did. Yet, this woman along with Mayor Hogue, is the reason I started this blog many years ago. It is one of the precursors to the city adopting a Code of Ethics. Perhaps the city should remind their board members of that.

The harsh reality is, change in Wylie is on the horizon. Wylie is too large to continue on with the good old boy, slap the back, handshake deals. It will be change where citizens step up and run for office because they want to help the citizens, not because of some special pet project. 

I started this blog to get citizens engaged, which is precisely what an actively engaged citizen looks like. Too bad this definition does not match that of city leaders.

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Wylie's Good Old Boy System Must Go

During budget discussion two years ago, wasn't it Mayor Eric Hogue who answered a question from Councilman William Whitney about lowering the tax rate thanks to a revenue windfall the city would receive. With increasing property values Hogue stated, "Just because we can lower the tax rate doesn't mean we should." Nice. This from the man who would just as soon turn Wylie into a police state. Again, it was Whitney who questioned during budget talks about adding four more PD slots last year, why the city would entertain adding them despite the inability to fill four existing PD slots. In an offhanded comment, Hogue stated he would like to see an officer, "on every corner" in Wylie. Alarming.

The WEDC Website has been like this for about a year
While Wylie's citizens are complaining about the high tax rate here, the highest in all of Collin County, one city entity lurks in the background, hoping nobody will take notice of their coveted playground.

The Wylie Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is charged with bringing new business to Wylie, and they have quite the hefty budget to do so.

Recent complaints have been made on the Nextdoor social media site complaining about WEDCs budget adjustment, listing a $9770.45 expense spent on Mavs season tickets.

One angry taxpayer wrote:
"Our tax dollars at work...page 8."
"I think it's politics. Always scratching someones back or palm. :("
And another:
"That is a waste of money. Maybe they need to replace the entire committee."
And this:
"Wow! Our tax dollars at work. Wonder if we demand tickets to a game what they will say. We should go to a city council meeting and ask."
And finally this:
"Cowboys tickets please! Deplorable."
You see, people are sick of being bent over while city employees have a grand time on our dollar. Just like when Hogue took his pet project - magic to Washington DC last year, on the taxpayer dime. Also attending was City Manager Mindy Manson, presumably in tow to take advantage of mayoral photo ops with David Copperfield and House Rep. Pete Sessions (REP). Yes, this was touted as city business.

So who exactly is the WEDC taking to the Mavs games anyway? It's not like we have a plethora of new industrial businesses or headquarters that are being wooed to town. This is Wylie, for crying out loud. Sheesh.

Though WEDC Executive Director Sam Satterwhite is a city employee, he seems to fall under the radar most of the time.

Another nifty incentive for Satterwhite is that he gets to office where he likes. It seems that's how the fashionable EDCs do it around town, and Wylie is no different in wasting taxpayer funds on rent. Now there's a way to save money so taxpayers can get a tax rate reduction.

Oh, did I mention that Satterwhite was arrested in March 2009 of a DUI and sentenced to 60 days, ultimately receiving a 12 month probation? According to the city employee handbook, he should have been fired, but Mayor Eric Hogue worked hard to keep him on staff.

Still, according to Councilwoman Diane Culver, she told me Satterwhite is, "The devil we need". Really? I guess the city administrators and council members strongly believe they cannot live without his stellar ability to develop and bring new business to Wylie. Please.

In all fairness, the WEDC is tagged with bringing industrial business, and helping pave the way for large complex developers, but the activity surrounding this need is also directly responsible for enticing the fine array of chicken shacks and fast food.

To understand why its time to clean house at the WEDC, you would have to understand the cast of seedy characters who fall into and out of various boards and elected positions around Wylie.

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The WEDC offices in a cushy sandbox at Lawyers Title located at 250  Highway 78, conveniently with playmate Baron Cook, who plays escrow manager by day and owner of  Wylie Industrial Development Corporation by night. His company happens to own the Lawyers Title building where WEDC rent space out of the back.

Interestingly, the Lawyers Title checks list an Inwood Bank address in Garland so as not to link themselves with WEDC Board President Marvin Fuller, the Wylie Inwood branch president. Kind of looks a bit like city rent indirectly benefits a WEDC board member. Cute.

Now keep this all straight, because it starts getting tricky here.

Cook recently petitioned Mayor Hogue to get the city to release him from paying back taxes, penalties, interest and attorney fees to the tune of $47,541.71, to which Hogue personally requested the item be placed on the city council agenda.

At the April 11, 2017 meeting Cook claimed the previous tenant in that building fell in arrears, and when they moved out, nobody knew the situation until the Collin County Central Appraisal District (CAD) sent Cook a tax bill in 2010.

At the same time, in 2010 Cook's Lawyers Title company moved into the very same building. He claims the CAD made an error and did not bill him for the City of Wylie portion of his tax bill from 2009-2013. Except, Cook has owned that building since 2003. So you mean to tell me that nobody in the office realized taxes weren't being paid? I wonder how it would play out if homeowners tried that excuse on the city? 

In feigned ignorance to the tax man, Cook claimed Keller Williams was responsible for the tax bill as part of their lease. But that doesn't explain why there was an issue from the time they moved in until 2013. 

Then there's that little business as to why this didn't come up again since 2013? Cook claims both he and CAD dropped the ball.

I suppose we'll never know why any of this happened, but hey, turns out when you want to get out of a tax bill to the city, and you are part of the back scratch fever club, you get a pass. City council voted unanimously (Councilwoman Culver was absent) to give Cook a break on back interest and fees and he only ended up paying $39,018.54 a tidy savings. Obviously Cook knew that if he threatened to fight the bill, the city would capitulate to the pressure of oppressive city lawyer fees, which is exactly what they did. Benevolent.

If Cook's name sounds familiar, it should. He's the one who got that sweetheart deal selling his own land to Wylie ISD, while sitting as a trustee. Yup, to you and me that's McMillen Junior High and Davis Intermediate.

About now it probably shouldn't come as a shock that the same situation presented itself with WISD trustee Mitch Herzog as well. Indeedy do, his boss and father-in-law, Richard Parker's company purchased WISD land at a steal, combined it with a tract they owned, and sold it for around a cool million to the smallest hotel I've ever seen, yonder on 544. Never mind the inconsequential fact that he was also sitting as a WEDC board member who inadvertently helped facilitate the deal. Well then there's that.

Hang on folks, because the fun doesn't stop there. Another titillating factoid is that WEDC board member Todd Wintters ran for city council and was elected! That's right, that conflict of interest hot mess walked right into his seat, along with Mayor Pro Tem Keith Stephens, completely unopposed. As you saw in May's election, Stephens tippie-toed in again, totally unopposed. With these two, the Wylie First Baptist Church contingency was completed in that move, as they have infiltrated every facet of the city with their people. That was the day the FBC officially started to work my last nerve.

Oh, and did I mention that the WEDC holds their board meetings in their office at the Lawyers Title building at 6:00 a.m. so citizens won't show up? That was the nifty change they made after getting slapped by the Texas Ethics Commission for holding closed meetings. Open Meetings Act thumb-nose. So much for transparency.

Seems to me like WEDC board members get more than their backs scratched as part of the good old boy club around town. Clearly, Wylie has gotten out of control and it is truly time to clean house. You just can't make this stuff up.