Only in NYC: 900 employees to do the work of 700.

Only in NYC: 900 employees to do the work of 700. NY Times exposes corruption and incompetence.

the most expensive mile on earth

“The estimated cost of the Long Island Rail Road project, known as “East Side Access,” has ballooned to $12 billion, or nearly $3.5 billion for each new mile of track — seven times the average elsewhere in the world. The recently completed Second Avenue subway on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and the 2015 extension of the No. 7 line to Hudson Yards also cost far above average, at $2.5 billion and $1.5 billion per mile, respectively.”

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New York City ranks number 2 of the ten most costly cities in the entire country. By the way, not even one Texas city makes the list.

How does this happen? The top ten list identifies unbridled incompetence and lack of accountability to the taxpayers.

“Can’t happen herein Rockwall.” Really? Read These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Texas For 2018. Rockwall ranks number 9 and none of the major cities (Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio) are on this list.

By no means do we have the issues New Yorkers have to bear. Our city is well-run and efficient. The cost comparisons of Texas cities calculation includes housing, food, motor fuel, health insurance, utilities, and transportation. Transportation is a big-ticket item for our residents who commute to work in Dallas.

People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can’t live within its income.” – Robert Half

Rockwall not only lives within its income, city property taxes have actually declined over the years as sales tax revenue has dramatically grown. The sales tax revenue is due to our strategic location along Interstate Highway 30 and our metamorphosis from a bedroom community to a mercantile center.

Without a doubt, every resident of our city knows the name of the President, our two state senators, and probably our U.S. Representative. I know for a fact very few know the names of our

Rockwall City Council members and Rockwall County Government officers and staff.

Accountability begins at home, not in Washington, D.C. Citizens who watch over the localtip o'neill - take care of your own community community set the foundation for a sound nation.

The best place to start is to vote in all elections. Learn about the county, state, and federal elections from the Rockwall County Elections Department. The Rockwall City Secretary’s page advises you of upcoming City Council and bond elections.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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