I want to express my utter befuddlement with those people who live within the confines of HISD and who are responsible for electing the inept school board members that currently serve their children. Their incompetent or corrupt (or both) decisions have placed the district finances $115 million in the red! This is taxpayer money, people, which means, it is YOURS!
Does anyone who makes the plethora of egregious spending decisions on that board have the skill to balance a checkbook? Obviously, these board members are eager to promiscuously spend taxpayer money, as seen by the $2 million spent on changing the names of the district’s schools. Of course, this didn’t enhance student learning; rather, it was meant to placate the caviling adults whose time is spent being offended by U.S. history.
All elected officials have a fiduciary responsibility to properly serve those who elected them and this board has squandered that privilege. In fact, I suggest the district spend $3 or $4 on a pocket dictionary for each board member so they can frequently review the meaning of the words, ‘fiduciary’ and ‘responsibility,’ and take those definitions to heart.
Is it asking too much of the voters to elect competent people? How about people who are determined to treat public money as if it were their own, and legislate in the best interests of those they were elected to serve? Now that is a novel concept for the ever-struggling Houston Independent School District.
GOMO officially files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
We bought property in GO in late 2016 and built a new house in 2017 within the strict limits of the deed restrictions. We happily paid the 0.75% transfer fee with the full knowledge that it would be used to actively enforce deed restrictions (a prime driver for us moving to GO in the first place), beefed up constable programs, beautification projects, etc. We don’t want that money refunded and prefer it be transferred to a successor organization that will continue to enforce GO’s deed restrictions. In our view, it would be disastrous if there were no well- funded successor organization to ensure GO’s deed restrictions as, over time, it would likely have a detrimental effect on property values.
However, if these monies can’t be transferred, let us offer one suggestion where some of these monies could be used (if legally allowed by the bankruptcy judge}: Rather than returning it to GO homeowners perhaps it could be used to help fund a Garden Oaks Quiet Zone. This would be of tremendous value to GO for all the obvious reasons. Further, the City of Houston has intimated that a Quiet Zone would likely be funded if GO (and surrounding neighborhoods) would pitch in, say, $250k of the roughly $1.7m required to add necessary safety features at a number of railroad crossings. It’s just a suggestion but hopefully we can all agree that multiple trains no longer blowing their whistles in the middle of the night while traversing GO is probably a good thing.
Koenraad & Yamelys Driessens