Some local government officials are champions of economic freedom and finding ways to cut taxes for their residents – while still providing services.
Many of us who champion limited government and economic freedom have been watching Von Ormy, Texas, Mayor Art Martinez for some time. In October 2013, The Von Ormy Star featured a headline CITY CUTS TAXES 11.5%; DOUBLES CITY MARSHAL DEPT. That story ran on top of an article about a new million dollar fire station — JARRET VFD TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW VON ORMY FIRE STATION.
This week, he announced that he is proposing a 2015 city budget which will propose elimination of property taxes. Even eliminating the tax, the city’s revenue will increase over 30% over the 2014 budget.
Von Ormy is a relatively new town on the outskirts of San Antonio in Bexar County. As citizens vote to incorporate rather than be annexed by large cities, they have options. Mayor Martinez is an innovator who is finding ways to save taxpayers money and revolutionize local government. Former AFP Activist of the year and winner of the Unsung Hero Award, Captain Watchdog and super-activist Jason Moore, is a friend of Mayor Martinez and called this to our attention. Thanks, Jason!