FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT STAFFORD
One of the most frequently asked questions is,
“How was Stafford able to abolish property taxes for the past 24 years and operate an efficient government when no other city of like size, or larger, could”?
Like hundreds of other cities in Texas in early 1990’s, Stafford voters approved a one half cent sales tax proposition for the purpose of ‘reducing property taxes’. However, unlike these other cities, which many lowered their property tax rate by a few pennies, we completely abolished the 24 cent tax rate in 1995. We did this recognizing the tremendous strength of our business community, which then consisted of far in excess of twelve hundred businesses, employing 20,000 workers, many in very well paying jobs, who contributed immensely to our economy through their sales tax purchases in the City. Those numbers in both categories have increased substantially in the last quarter century with over 2,000 businesses and 30,000 employees. Of equal importance, the City carefully scrutinizes the budget on a continuing basis, not spending any money unnecessarily even if it is provided for in the budget. Another postulate of our City is avoiding a bloated bureaucracy—hiring of unneeded employees. This is one of the biggest drags on any city’s economy. Avoiding this disastrous propensity has prevented Stafford from ever handing out a pink slip to lay off an employee. This is something few other cities can say. All in all, it comes down to watching our expenditures very carefully and living within our means.