Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LUCIO INTRIGUE: WAS BILL A WARNING TO POINT ISABEL ISD?

By Juan Montoya
Remember the hastily-pulled Senate Bill filed by Texas Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. to consolidate all the school districts in Cameron County into one and to have the trustees at the Brownsville Independent School District run the mega district until elections could be held?

After county school districts officials learned of the Lucio bill, he told a local television station that he had withdrawn it (SB 2112) because there had been an office mix-up and that it had been filed prematurely by someone on his staff without his consent.

Now some school district insiders say that the bill was merely a ruse by Lucio to warn the PI ISD that unless they played along and gave the LNG companies the tax abatements they had requested that would have placed a cap on the taxable value of the plants, the danger existed that they would be legislated out of office.

"This was a shot across the bow of the PI ISD showing them what they can expect if they continue to deny the LNGs their cap and abatements," said a longtime education legal counsel who has worked here and up the Valley. "Lucio was telling them they should play ball with the LNGS or else,"

The firestorm that erupted after word got out on the mass media of the measures contained in the bill irked numerous administrators and members of the boards of trustees of the eight school district in Cameron County. Lucio had submitted the bill March 10, but many local educators had not been aware of its contents until weeks afterward.

They pointed out that, if it had been approved. the boards of trustees of the eight school districts would have automatically been replaced by the trustees of the largest district, the Brownsville Independent School District until elections could be held based on a formula that would elect two members of the new district by county commissioner precinct and one at-large, making it a nine-member board.

"That would have thrown out 56 (eight times seven) elected board members by legislative fiat," said a BISD administrator. "That would have been unconstitutional and would have been stopped immediately by the U.S. Dept. of Justice."

Lucio, after years of being in the state legislature knew that to change the boundaries of any elective district, it would first have to be cleared by the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office of Civil Rights. There was  no provision for this in the bill he filed.

"How many sessions has he been in Austin where redistricting plans are drawn and they have to be cleared first by the feds?," asked Cameron County official. "Lucio knew this. He just thought the bill wouldn't clear the first committee where it was assigned. Why submit a bill without this caveat at all?""

It would also have meant that in the interim, the board of the BISD, with their 48,000 students, would have seen the student body jump to nearly 98,000 students. Also, the district's budget, which is about $545 million, would have increased to more than $1.065 billion.

Now school district insiders say that the bill was a ruse by Lucio to warn the PI ISD that unless they played along and gave the LNG companies the cap and tax abatements they had requested that would have placed a cap on the taxable value of the plants, the danger existed that they would be legislated out of office.

Since Lucio pulled the bill before it was even placed on the calendar or referred to a committee, will we ever know? If the PI ISD trustees change their minds on the abatements, we'll know they got the message.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Eddie Lucio, Jr. is a DICK! He is no longer a representative of the people of Cameron County and has sold his political and economic soul to special interests....such as the LNG companies. As an LNG advocate, perhaps his "bill" was intented as a threat to PI ISD, but it was also a threat to the tax payers of Cameron County. Lucio, his son and Rene Oliveira have sold their souls to special interest and whenever they open their mouths, they speak for those special interests. Perhaps we need to propose term limits and shoot that across their bows.

Anonymous said...

Lucio is an embarrassment, he always has been and he always will be. Whenever his name is mentioned it's as Sucio Lucio, now and forever.

Anonymous said...

ALV con lucio aka sucio

Anonymous said...

These bastards, Lucio and Rene, have done nothing but screw the students of Cameron County. Look what they did to TSC and Pan AM.
For 20 years they screwed students, and taxes. Then Rene wanted to continue, until stopped on its tracks.
Lets stop this shit, those bums need to go to the grave, buried, with their tail facing the sun!!

Anonymous said...

Senator Eddie Lucio has fooled a lot of people in Cameron County. He should still be teaching PE at a local middle school. His is a self serving man who is an embarrassment for our region. He plays politics to benefit himself, yet curries local favor by showing up at a variety of events. He gives, by these visits, the impression that he is "their servant". In reality, he laughs at the ignorance of the people who support him. We need term limits in Texas!

Anonymous said...

Keep on electing these self serving assholes... Bunch of ass kissers still follow Lucio and Oliveira. Until the valley stops voting these crooks into office nothing will change.. Stop complaining and go vote out these people... Until then live with what you vote for...

Anonymous said...

"to warn the PI ISD that unless they played along and gave the LNG companies the tax abatements they had requested that would have placed a cap on the taxable value of the plants, the danger existed that they would be legislated out of office."
Can you explain exactly what you mean by "legislated out of office"?

Anonymous said...

Lucio,his son and Rene are dirty and corrupt. We need to vote them out.Lucio has fooled everybody. He is a dirty politician.

Anonymous said...

Could you get him to pay his back taxes he and his brother owe Cameron County? Look at the tax office and see it for yourself Lone Star Golf Carts!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at11:16. Means that if the bill had passed, 56 elected board members would have lost their jobs as everything would be run by the biggest school district until the next election . Read much?

Anonymous said...

Yes I read and when I don't understand the way something is written, I ask. I understood that part. The phrasing confused me. No need to be so snarky.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong with asking for clarification or sharing knowledge. There is something wrong with being condescending to others. Elite much?
I am glad this bill was exposed and I hope Lucio is either voted out of office or retires. So sick of all this compadrismo shit.

AT said...

TamauliPAZ?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, WTF is that?

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