Texas Watchdog has released an interactive map that links to the financial disclosure statements of Houston’s city council members, including Mayor White. Each disclosure, which covers calendar year 2008, includes an accounting of real estate holdings by officials and their spouses — along with the usual stocks and bonds and mutual funds and business interests stuff.
Unfortunately, the map itself appears to note only the council members’ primary residences — not any strip centers, spec McMansions, apartment complexes, land grants, or tool sheds that might be lurking in their portfolios. For those goodies (if any), you’ll need to poke through the linked personal financial statements.
The statements, which state law requires council members to complete, are broken into 2 segments; real estate holdings are listed at the end of the first. Of course, for the more sophisticated investors in the City Council crowd, the more interesting properties are likely to be held under the name of some sort of business entity — like, say M/A Khan Holdings LP. You’ll find that sort of info in part 2.
The information was put together by Texas Watchdog’s Lee Ann O’Neal, who used the real-estate holdings information to come out with a big scoop earlier this week . . . that council members Jarvis Johnson, Jolanda Jones, and Sue Lovell were together a grand total of about $9,000 behind on paying their property taxes. They claim to be all paid up now.
Want your own Swamplot-worthy scoop? Dig in to the statements . . . and let us know about anything interesting you find!
- Houston City Council ethics forms published via an interactive map [Texas Watchdog]
- Houston, Texas, city officials’ personal financial disclosures [Google Maps]
- Three Houston City Council members late paying property taxes [Texas Watchdog]