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Old 12-17-2020, 09:09 AM
Location: Houston, Texas
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If you think the property tax situation and city hall corruption is bad in Lubbock, please stay far away from Houston.

Lubbock is a piker in these areas, compared to Houston. LOL
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Old 12-17-2020, 03:47 PM
Location: 2 blocks from bay in L.I, NY
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Originally Posted by LubbockAllergen View Post
I am from a military family, have lived in a few places abroad but mostly stateside. I have never seen the level of corruption I have seen here.

The property taxes rise exponentially every year and I have had to fight it every year (and have won because the excess is obvious even to Lubbock sympathizers on the board). I've never seen potholes in the roads that go unrepaired for so long anywhere else - and I've lived where snowfall and rain are much worse. I've seen collusion between the city water department and local plumbing companies to drive up costs for problems that threaten the health of local residents whose plumbing fixtures fail. I've seen local agencies let their services go because a head of the agency can't or doesn't show up for months, to the detriment of said agency.

Everywhere else I've ever lived, "Excellence is our motto" was the standard. Not here. If there is a standard here, it's mediocrity. It goes for private industry too; most of the restaurants would fail the health department standards anywhere else because they can't be bothered to clean tables; the church I might have attended couldn't be bothered to adjust its announced schedules to reflect reality for 4 years. When I told their board that I had showed up for a service they advertised that hadn't been offered in years they thought it was funny. It took a pastor from out of state to fix it. I can't believe the level of indifference I see here.

Why do I live here? When I moved here it was affordable. Costs have risen above that from which I lived before, the level of competence has not. So I save my money, hoping some other town in Texas gives a s**t. Lubbock doesn't.
That is terrible! I definitely understand where you're coming from. I currently live in an area, that I prefer not to name since it's pretty small, due to work relocation. The incompetence and underhand corruption is prevalent in all sectors in this area too; it's easily as bad as what you've described. Actually, I think it's a little worse.

Another place that I see the things you've mentioned is in New Orleans. Before the Covid shutdown, tourism in NOLA year after year brought millions of dollars into their economy. For the life of me, I can't figure it out and no one seems to know where the money went/was going. The city did not use it to improve roads (there are huge potholes in roads and streets in Gentilly and NOLA doesn't even get snow like cities in Midwest, north, east coast, etc.) and so forth. Taxes in the entire state are as high as ever.
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