Noah's Comment: Decide Tanner Loves Taxes and Hates Weapons — The Amarillo Pioneer – The Amarillo Pioneer
By Noah Dawson
With the November normal election approaching quick, one native race on my radar is Potter County Decide. This race has shortly develop into attention-grabbing, as write-in candidate Tom Warren has emerged as a critical challenger to incumbent Nancy Tanner, with Warren just lately receiving the endorsement of the Potter County Republican Get together.
With this improvement, I assumed I might run down a couple of of the notable moments from Nancy Tanner’s time in workplace which can have introduced concerning the Potter County GOP turning in opposition to her.
Initially is her report on taxes. When Tanner entered workplace in 2015, the county’s property tax charge was $0.63402 per $100 of valuation. By 2021, it had gone as much as $0.70595. The speed has come again down a bit since then, however, on account of will increase in property value determinations bolstered by inflation, tax payments are nonetheless anticipated to be increased. And, even with the speed having gone down from final yr, it’s nonetheless the next charge than when Tanner first entered workplace.
The place is that cash going? A big half, it appears, went to a controversial plan to panorama a downtown lot owned by the county. Whereas landscaping could not appear controversial, it’s price noting that, even because the mission broke floor, the county knew it was planning on bulldozing the landscaping to construct a model new courthouse. All through all of that, Nancy Tanner was defending the tasks. In 2020, she informed Channel 7 the next:
“I do not assume I did something incorrect. There was no lesson to be discovered right here. It was what we selected to do with the allotted cash.”
Moreover, much like the fiascos the Metropolis of Amarillo has seen just lately with tasks to interchange Metropolis Corridor and add to the Civic Middle, the courthouse mission is backed by debt that was by no means even positioned on the poll for voter approval. Why did Nancy Tanner not give voters an opportunity to vote on the mission? In her personal phrases:
“If we do a bond election, it might fail.”
She has since doubled down on refusals to be clear, blocking individuals who touch upon Fb asking questions.
Nancy Tanner’s dangerous report doesn’t finish along with her tax and waste agenda.
In 2016, after Lawyer Normal Ken Paxton known as for courts to permit the open carry of firearms. Nancy Tanner refused. What a part of the precise to bear arms does Nancy Tanner fail to grasp?
Defending her opposition to the second modification, Tenner cited an occasion of an tried capturing in 2008 that concerned an individual on probation grabbing an officer’s gun. How she thought this justified trampling the rights of regulation abiding gun house owners is a thriller.
Along with her opposition to gun rights, I can solely marvel why it took so lengthy for the Potter County GOP to step up in opposition to her.
Possibly the straw that broke the camel’s again was Nancy Tanner’s determination to move over Republican firefighter Blair Schaffer when selecting who to nominate to a vacant spot on the Potter County Fee final yr. As an alternative, she appointed Democrat Robert Ruiz.
Or, maybe, it was the truth that information broke final week a couple of judicial ethics criticism being filed in opposition to Tanner.
Plus, all of that solely begins to scratch the floor of Tanner’s report. I haven’t even gone into her opposition to paper ballots or her help for tax abatements.
In any case, it’s clear that the Potter County GOP made the precise name endorsing Tanner’s opponent. Not solely is Tom Warren freed from Tanner’s baggage, he’s additionally a tough working profitable businessman with an precise report of pushing small authorities conservative concepts. If any voters have familiarized themselves with Tanner’s report and nonetheless really feel she is your best option, they’re free to help her. Nonetheless, if anybody who calls themselves a Republican or a conservative thinks she is your best option, they’re most likely simply mendacity to you.