municipality or county in the state of Texas created to implement tax increment financing. They may be initiated by the city or county or by petition of owners whose total holdings in the zone consist of a majority of the appraised property value.
So why should you care? Because the people that
work on TIRZ are unelected and aren't held accountable by the tax
payers! And as we speak, there's an effort underway to put Bus Lanes on Post Oak. The Uptown TIRZ has allocated $204 million for the
project, oh, and did I mention they've blown through $43 million just to
PLAN the project??? Yeah, nothing to see here.
The idea is to
add managed METRO bus lanes to the CENTER lanes up and down Post Oak,
which would actually cause a bigger traffic flow problem. Considering that METRO
rider numbers have not risen in quite sometime, that makes one wonder
why the Uptown TIRZ would find this project necessary in the first place
also decided they need to add bigger sidewalks and more foliage. They
won't stay under the projected budget. I can almost guarantee it.
There is a
group of folks that have gathered and formed The Uptown Houston PAC in
an effort to oppose the construction in the Uptown/Galleria area.
They've got a website called SaveUptown.com. Go there and look for
yourself to see if you'd like to sign their petition to oppose the
The last thing we need in the City of Houston
is more unelected bureaucrats who are unaccountable to the taxpayers
spending more of our money on wasteful projects. I mean, what could possibly go wrong??