Today, as we all should know is Election dayhere in the US and quite frankly we all have no excuses why we neglected to vote if choose to do that. I personally wrote two blogs about early voting in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties here in Texas and posted these blogs her and in several other places. I voted on Saturday October 23, 2010 at my regular polling spot at the University of Houston campus located in Cinco Ranch Katy Texas. That Saturday it took me maybe a whole 10-15 minutes maximum to vote. It was easy, no hassles and very quick even though the ballot itself was fairly long in length.
If you did not vote early please expect to stand in line if you are voting today. I want to remind everyone that there was a two week early voting period of time for everyone to easily cast their ballot. If you out there who have not voted work in the real estate industry in any shape or fashion in my opinion you folks absolutely have no valid excuses not to vote. A non-voting person as I read yesterday in one of AR blogs actually is casting a vote and NOT a good vote. Yes I know it is raining here in Katy Texas and surrounding areas... But so what as you will not melt.
If you live in the Katy ISD jurisdiction you also have a bond issuance to vote for or against. The measure is physically located at the absolute end of the ballot. I urge everyone to VOTE FOR THIS MEASURE. I had a neighbor of mine tell me Saturday evening that he voted against this measure as " It will not affect me as I am leaving in two years and have no children in school". Wrongo bongo ACE as it most certainly will have an impact upon your property values and it will not be a favorable one. One of the main reasons so many folks want to move to the Katy area is the excellent school system that exists. The bond issuance is absolutely necessary as we expect student population growth in the area to go from a student body of approximately 60 K to over 90 K in the next 10 years. We can not handle this type of growth and maintain excellent quality without this measure being passed. Besides from what I found upon researching the topic, it is estimated that homeowners might get an increase of taxes of the nature of $10 per $100 K of CAD value. So if you own a home appraised by the local taxing district at say $300 K then your taxes are estimated to go up by say $30 a year. That is really cheap in my mind.
If lpcal taxes confuse you and you want to tryt to understand how the system works here in Katy or other areas of Texas call me or E-mail me and I will help you as it is a confusing topic.