Thursday, July 16, 2015
Patricia Barrera once again graced 8 Country (KGNS) viewers with a television appearance yesterday, this time to unveil her plan of milking Webb County residents of more money. The veteran tax assessor wants to put into effect the Scoff Law [insert eye roll here] program in her office. With it she'll be able to identify any person who has outstanding fines that haven't been paid to the county. This background check will be done when you go to renew your vehicle registration at her office.
If you're found to have unpaid tickets or whatnot, then you'll be sent to the appropriate office to square away your debts. For Barrera's troubles, you'll have the honor of forking over $20 in her direction. Once you pay your fines, then you can renew your tags.
We can't all be upstanding citizens like Patricia Barrera. For her to tack on another fee to somebody who is facing outstanding fines is just mean-spirited. It's one thing to help the county recoup monies that could help carry out its services. What she is doing is adding insult to injury.
It's no secret that I don't like Ms. Barrera. I don't like the way she carries herself. I don't like her so-called faith-based demeanor. And I don't like the way that people give her a pass on her own transgressions just because she supposedly runs an efficient department.
Two years ago the county, along with Ms. Barrera, and the state added ten dollars to the vehicle registration fee in Webb County. Now she wants to add another $20 for some individuals. I don't know how I'm going to do it, but it's my new purpose in life to encourage friends and family, and perhaps the whole community, to renew their vehicle registration anywhere besides the local county tax assessor's office.
The days of Patricia Barrera strong-arming people have to come to an end.