Dear Editor,We in Grapevine-Colleyville enjoy living in a wonderful community. Part of what makes it wonderful is our schools. As the daughter of a retired school superintendent, I know first-hand that educators are in the business of education, not for the business, but for the heart. As a parent, I know my children’s success is aided by my engagement in their school. Parent Teacher Association provides many opportunities and support for parents to be involved in their children’s education. The mission of PTA is: To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. As Grapevine-Colleyville ISD PTA Council President, I’m fortunate to be in a position where I see this happening everyday with parents, teachers, administrators and community members working together.Our schools also benefit from parent involvement. Last school year, parent volunteers reported a total of 129,165 volunteer hours in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. We have parents and a community that generously support our PTAs, and for that we can all be grateful. It’s part of what makes our community great.Dear Editor,Where will I spend my $7?Under current consideration is a property tax rate reduction from 0.3457 per $100 of valuation to 0.3425. This is on top of another recent rate reduction from 0.348. Recent and proposed drops are less than $5.00 and $7.00 of actual savings annually on a $200,000 assessed home. How will Grapevine residents spend that huge savings? The last tax reduction would not have paid for half a package of diapers nor bought one gallon of gas for our two-vehicle family of four.Mr. and Ms. Grapevine’s tax rate would be even lower if the City didn’t spend money unnecessarily, for example, on a high-priced city lobbyist, legal fees on a lost Open Meetings Act lawsuit, staff time on moving municipal elections to a small and unknown city rental facility to reduce voter turnout, and on one of the “highest compensated” city councils in the entire state, in which they are paying themselves outside of the letter and spirit of the city charter.The Grapevine City Council is showboating on taxes. A change in priorities would mean less spending and greater savings for taxpayers.
Carrie Stewart Colleyville Kathleen Thompson Grapevine