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Post by otrocanuck Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:32 pm

In your opinion:  What was the biggest waste of tax dollars(pesos) in 2014 that you have seen by our local government?

                     What is the best use of tax dollars(pesos) in 2014 that you have seen by our local government?

                     What would you like to see as a major project/improvement in 2015 for our local government to consider?

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Post by hockables Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:36 pm

I was impressed with The LED Streetlights installed in Chapala ... with Mexico's Electricity almost exclusively Coal Fired, it seemed like a very progressive move :)
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Post by arbon Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:21 am

hockables wrote:I was impressed with The LED Streetlights installed in Chapala ...  with Mexico's Electricity almost exclusively Coal Fired, it seemed like a very progressive move  :)

¿Was this meant to be in "Jokes and Riddles" hoax?
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Post by Hensley Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:44 am

All of the carretera between Ajijic and Chapala redone, totally.
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Post by Zedinmexico Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:26 am

Rather than improve I think local government needs to insure long term financial solvency. We spend more than we take in. I think they are trying!

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Post by David Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:22 am

There is a fundamental misunderstanding here;  the Chapala Government gets its funding from the State of Jalisco, not property taxes.  Property tax revenue ALL goes to the State.
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Post by CHILLIN Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:50 am

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! That is what this area needs. working at Federal, State and Municipal level to create them. One state, I think it is Veracruz, has put together a very successful program based on local farming and food products. The state, together with the university/technical schools, founded a center and kitchen for commercial food preparation. Modern sanitizing techniques, packaging machines, food processing equipment (dehydrators, vacuum kettles) were shared by participants. The participants were also coached on packaging design, bar codes, marketing, exporting. The local Walmarts donated space for a showcase of locally produced/manufactured food products. Participants took turns running the showcase with samples and answering questions. This was very recent, so I don't know the long term results - but it would take just one product to take off to carry the whole weight. For example the Sriracha Rooster sauce from Asia. Another example, what do they do with the blueberry and strawberry culls from Jocotepec? Why not dry them into chips for baking, etc. One of the things the big food and flavor gurus are predicting for 2015 is sour salts - like mango flavor. This is simply dried and ground green mango (which the call Amchur in India) mixed with sea salt. Plenty of both in Mexico.

Business is really very simple - people want to buy things which look good, taste good or smell good.

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Post by DaveChapala Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:55 am

Thanks David, that fact seems to be totally ignored when discussion about municipal projects are discussed.

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Post by Mainecoons Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:52 pm

David wrote:There is a fundamental misunderstanding here;  the Chapala Government gets its funding from the State of Jalisco, not property taxes.  Property tax revenue ALL goes to the State.

Not arguing, just asking.

If there is no connection between revenues from property taxes and municipio allocations, why are some getting much higher rates of increase than others? This is really germane this year as Chapala (the entire municipio on average), with already probably considerably higher property values is getting a whopping 37 percent increase versus Joco's merely painful 18 percent one?

Why is the municipio responsible for assessments if there is no connection?

Who is responsible for running up all those municipio debts (with little to show for them) in Chapala?

I question that there is no connection and no local control here.



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Post by David Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:58 pm

The State assesses the taxes, not the Municipio.  The local gov't is always responsible for spending.  Often they are expecting grants from the State or Fed and proceed before rec'vng them.

Check w/ Spencer for further info.
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Post by otrocanuck Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:10 pm

Well this topic has like so many, gone off track. My original question was just asking what project is the best use of tax payer dollars and what was the worst that you have seen. Also what project would you like to see tackled in the new year. I did not want to know who supplied what money for what project or any accountability for the projects.

My opinion is: the worst use of tax dollars= the stage built on the Chapala Melacon,
the best use of tax dollars= pavers at the Ajijic tiangues
what I would like to see in the new year= convention center built to
accommodate business, educational, and arts events that would draw
people from Guadalajara and surrounding areas to our city for something
other then partying, and provide ongoing jobs for locals.
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Post by Lady Otter Latté Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:40 pm

A convention center in Chapala? Convention center plus parking would take up a lot of space. Then there are the hotels and chain restaurants that naturally follow such a project. What about traffic? Where do you envision this being constructed? How many small businesses do you think it would displace?
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Post by CanuckBob Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:02 pm

A convention center would be perfect on the Libremiento.
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Post by David Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:48 pm

Sure, then it could be widened to 4 lanes!
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Post by Luisa Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:05 pm

CanuckBob wrote:A convention center would be perfect on the Libremiento.

No, the convention center should go in downtown San Juan Cosala. A five level parking lot could be constructed below the convention center and an olympic size swimming pool could be on the roof.

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Post by Splashingcolor Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:45 pm

I would not like to see a convention center any where near lakeside. IMHO :)
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