The land battle between the city and local preservationists group is heating up again and this could affect how your tax dollars are spent in the future.
The dispute is about the land known as The Lost Dog Trail in Northwest El Paso.
That area is part of a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone or TIRZ for the City of El Paso.
The petition to terminate three of the tax zones has been certified by the El Paso City Clerk after they were submitted by Dr. Sharon Miles Bonart, the current chair of the city’s open space advisory board.
She claims the city is ripping off the taxpayer by using your tax dollars to offer tax breaks to companies like Great Wolf Lodge to come to El Paso instead of leaving the area as open space for recreational use.
“What it’s used for is for walking, hiking, opportunities for families to be together and enjoy nature instead of being in front of the TV or being on their phone its being out in the environment and seeing how much its changing,” Sharon Bonart said.
The City of El Paso says the purpose of the TIRZ and reason they were created a couple of months ago was to keep the tax increment in that area. The city also says that without these tax reinvestment zones the improvements will have to come from the general fund.
The petitions against the reinvestment zones will be introduced at the first city council meeting of 2019, but you won’t be able to give your comment to city representatives until the item is placed back on the agenda for a final vote.