2009 FBISD Tax Hearing (On YouTube)

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2009 FBISD CONTROVERSIAL TAX HEARING (YES THEY ARE RAISING THEM AGAIN--see petition of over 500 district taxpayers asking for board accountability) --In case anyone missed it they raised the property tax rate again (4th time) in 2010 and more than likely will do so again in 2011 facing another projected 15-20 million dollar budget deficit, according to some media reports. ***NEW*** ..Petition TO STOP THE GSTC (Global Science Museum being planned at the district central office--near $30 million dollar project that superintendent Jenney is pushing): http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stopthegcst/ (see update below on this apparently ending this project after 2 years)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Chron: MHS/HHS Academies, In Missouri City, May Be Closed While Jenney/Board Promotes Duplicate "Global Taj Mahal"--click the link below for more--



See: http://www.chron.com/disp/discuss.mpl/nb/fortbend/news/6411082.html#comments-head

"Cain, who seeks to unseat school board president Sonal Bhuchar, in his comment during a recent meeting, said the district's "global center" would be in direct competition with Houston Museum of Natural Science's project in Telfair which he believes would serve the community better at no tax implication to the residents. Even if the district would be able to build the "global center" with donated funds, Cain said, the cost of operating and maintaining the building would be a burden on local taxpayers." Chronicle


Anonymous said...

Get out and vote Saturday folks!



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fbisdwatch said...

What they are saying (from area blogs):

As usual Mr. Zheng gets the story in all its unceremonial glory. I don't know anyone who could have said it better. It would be nice if every voter had a copy of this before they enter the ballot box Saturday, that's for sure.

Posted by: fbisdparent at May 7, 2009 02:59 PM

Jenney is like a child throwing a fit that must have his toy.

Posted by: don't_look_now at May 7, 2009 03:08 PM

This is the Jenny Gang Brick & Motar approach to educating our students and teachers. Buildings don't teach our childeren ---Educators DO. Put the money into distance learning, specialist, para professionals, then you will see all of our students being served and their scores will go up. Of course, The "Jenny GANG" wouldn't have a building to brag about then. and wouldn't have to waste 100 millions dollars of your tax dollars while they are now 10 millions dollars in the red.

Absolutely no fiscal management, by the Board, or Dr. Jenny.Just a personal agenda.......FEED THE VENDORS!!!!!RIGHT JENNY.

Posted by: much to hot at May 7, 2009 04:10 PM

Anonymous said...

I must say it was wonderful sitting at the c-club event and seeing Glover, Bhuchar and Jenney all sitting together real cozy like. I'm sure they will represent our interest on the school board. Nothing like a yes board to keep your taxes going up!

Posted by: NMT at May 7, 2009 05:22 PM

Well I'm cunfused. I called PBK and spoke with a nice little lady that was very familiar with the specs FBISD requested on the planetarium. They wanted one that was 100 ft. in diameter. Then I looked it up in Google. Currently the largest Planetarium in the world is 98 ft. in diameter. Are they still teaching math? Did I miss something. Isn't 100 ft. larger than 98 ft. If that's the size, then wouldn't that make it the largest one in the world? Jenney sounds like some politicians. It was smaller before it was bigger before it was smaller. Your taxes were bigger but now they are smaller and no they are not the biggest taxes in the world, in fact they are the smallest for the amenities you get here in FB, the greatest place in the universe to live. I bet Cain is right. Especially since Jenney has gone out of his way to insist 100 is smaller than 98. I'd like to be a fly on the wall at FBISD ground zero. You know the inside bunch is working overtime trying to swing things in their direction. We need to all pitch in and help these two guys. I think for once we actually have some good people running for office.

Posted by: Bill Bond at May 7, 2009 06:42 PM

'The ear-jarring word "sales" elicited a response from Bhuchar, who said she was not supposed to respond to Hentschel's comment and nevertheless admonished Hentschel to use the correct term in referring to the committee when submitting a written FIOA request.' because that is exactly what it is, a 'sales committee'.

Posted by: anonymous at May 7, 2009 07:28 PM

Anonymous said...

I've spoken to Zheng a couple of times after FBISD meetings. In response to fbisdparent, he doesn't always get the story right in all its glory. Maybe he's accurate this time (I wasn't at the meeting in question), but even in a blog I'd like a Chronicle writer to show a little less opinion and really let us voters draw our own conclusions. So what if teachers in the district use some language that is on the fbisd web site? I don't know enough about the proposed center to have a strong feeling for it one way or the other. But from what I've read, the propsective board members who are against it have yet to provide me legitimate reasons our children shouldn't have it other than its cost. And do any of us actually know yet how it would be funded?

Posted by: huh? at May 7, 2009 09:43 PM

Mr. Zheng, your power of observation as a reporter is impressive and the piece is very informative and balanced. Thanks for your work to empower the community.

Posted by: Trish at May 7, 2009 09:58 PM

Mary Mc Clure wouldn't konw the right side of right if it slapped it in her in the face.Miss Developer Public Relations Manager.

Posted by: much to hot at May 7, 2009 10:50 PM

To Trish -- Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

To huh? -- Thanks go to you as well for reading my blog and leaving your comment. In this post I was merely documenting what I saw and heard -- both support and opposition -- during those meetings as part of my job to be the ear and eye for the reader, without the injection of my personal opinions. I encourage all voters including you to exercise your right and cast your votes of heart -- for whoever you believe will make your community a better place.

Whether or not I'm balanced -- I appreciate any opinion you express here. But I will continue to do my job as a journalist.

Posted by: Zen Zheng at May 7, 2009 11:07 PM

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Anonymous said...

I agree that, this time, it seems like we have candidates, Mr. Cain and Mr. Albright, running for the BOT that are actually committed to what a BOT member should represent. I am so sick and tired of the self serving, boot licking, rubbing stamping love fest that the current BOT has with the upper echelon administrators. Please no more elected followers; we need "real" leaders of accountability who actually lead with accountability and transparency,

Anonymous said...

I was working the polls today and although the traffic was light almost all were supporting Cain & Albright except for a few. I talked several voters into supporting them after showing them the materials on the budget deficit and increased spending the current board has been pushing.

If you can get the facts out to them, I think most voters will do what's right.

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Anonymous said...

The results of the election tell me that Jenny will have his dream fulfilled, the Global Project.

fbisdwatch said...

See our latest release...