Dallas County Commissioners Want 8 Percent Pay Raise, Thanks to Property Tax Windfall

John Wiley Price's Home at 406 E. 5th Street in North Oak Cliff

John Wiley Price’s Home in North Oak Cliff

Get out the smelling salts, you surely are going to faint: Dallas County Commissioners, SOME Dallas County Commissioners, are asking for an 8% pay raise, netting them $157,000 a year (up from $145,474 currently) because the county is flush with money from the property taxes we are all paying through the nose for, thanks to our beefed up values. They are also asking for pay raises for county judges, sheriffs, tax assessor, treasurer, constables, district clerks, county clerks and justices of the peace.

I am just amazed. And guess who says he needs it the most because he works so hard, seven days a week?

Commissioner John Wiley Price, the one Commissioner accused of taking bribes from county contractors, who is facing a federal corruption trial in February, and whose legal defense counsel the state is paying for (he must contribute $80,000) because he “couldn’t afford it.” The DCAD market value on Price’s North Oak Cliff home is $169, 420. He pays $4645.22 in total taxes, $428.80 to Dallas County.

(Price has denied the corruption charges. The FBI surprise raided his home in June of 2011.)

“I work seven days a week,” Price said. “I’ll put my work ethic up against any of my colleagues, here or anywhere else.”

This is just so typical, the way government largess works: they get more money, and whose pockets get lined first?

How about returning it to the taxpayer?

Or what about so many other things that could be done with that money besides fattening one’s own bank account? How selfish can these people be when there are thousands of homeless people in Dallas, including 3600 children?

Who else can have a job where they can vote themselves a raise and stick their hand in the cookie jar anytime they fancy?

Answer: a Dallas County Commissioner.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has a brain, and a heart:

“Obviously, the average person out there on the street is not getting an 8 percent pay raise,” said County Judge Clay Jenkins, who opposes the raises. “That’s one of the reasons I’m not supporting this in the midst of this high tax increase.”

As does Elba Garcia (also a fantastic home):

Commissioner Elba Garcia said she would support the 8 percent raises for the staff only. She doesn’t think elected officials should get a raise at all, or even be allowed to raise their own salaries without voters having a say. She has declined to accept her car allowance and raises in past years, and as a result is paid $20,000 less per year than her colleagues.

“Everybody, when they run, they know exactly how much they’re going to make,” Garcia said. “When you are getting paid from public funds, the public should have an input.”

Mike Cantrell, the only Republican Commissioner, disappoints. Says he supports a “3 percent raises for everyone, including elected officials, who “work just like the employees do.” While Cantrell said he wouldn’t vote for the 8 percent raises, he’d accept the money if it passed.” Then he got kind of snotty:

But Cantrell countered that not everyone on the court can afford the same luxuries as Garcia, who is a practicing dentist and is married to Domingo Garcia, a prominent lawyer.

“Some of us aren’t multi-millionaires,” Cantrell said. “Some of us, this is their job.”

Well guess what. You had the same opportunities that the Garcias had. They went to law school (3 years) and dental school (4 years), and worked hard to obtain post graduate level degrees. They also worked hard and kept noses to the academic grindstone in order to get into law school and dental school in the first place.

Sorry, but it enrages me when public servants fail to recognize the hard work that lands some people in a luxurious life style. Often it takes many sacrifices, over many years, beginning at an early age. Mike Cantrell is an SMU-educated lawyer.  So what’s his beef?

This is why home buyers try their hardest to keep their homes off DCAD.

I have suggested that maybe it’s time for a Tea Party in the Trinity.

Suggestion: sent this post to your County Commissioner via snail mail or email. Tell them NO!

Dr. Theresa Daniel – Commissioner District 1


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Mike Cantrell – Commissioner District 2


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John Wiley Price – Commissioner District 3

(what IS his email?)

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Daphney Fain (Dapheny.fain@dallascounty.org)

Chief of Staff
Vincent Hall – Administrative Assistant
Cynthia Wilson (Cynthia.wilson@dallascounty.org)

Administrative Assistant L’Wanna Osborne (L’wanna.Osborne@dallascounty.org)

Administrative Assistant
Roger Miller (Roger.miller@dallascounty.org)

Road Superintendent
Cartricee Washington (cartricee.washington@dallascounty.org)

Office Manager
Harold Dixon (Harold.dixon@dallascounty.org)

Road Foreman
Steven Mize (Steven.mize@dallascounty.org)

Dr. Elba Garcia – Commissioner District  4


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