Re: Best Small Towns in USA...Marfa???
Several elementary kids, some send their children to the Montessori School in town. We have one athlete (leg on the relays) whose mother moved down here originally to work with Judd. She married a Marfa native. Other than that, the rest are native Marfans.
If housing was cheaper, we would definitely be 11-man....as 85-90% of the Border Patrol employees live in Alpine and commute.
I do think property prices are a problem though since it seems like Marfa might be heading for a "Hampton" type situation - where the prices for the real estate are so high the working folks - the ones who make the town run - have to commute in from a distance. I can't really fault Judd for his ranch-buying-up. If I understand correctly he did that as a private individual and his motivation was to keep the land from being developed, and that land, although in Presidio County, is no where near Marfa (that's a BIG county) - I would assume it's on the tax rolls; and since the Chinati Foundation itself is on a fairly small piece of land - about half a section which doesn't amount to much acreage at all in that area. 0.02% of the taxable acreage in Presidio so I don't see that as being a real burden with reference to the property taxes; especially if you consider that if the real estate prices are that high and since the property taxes fund the schools, you guys should be rolling in dough. Am I wrong though about the ranch acreage? Do you know if the ranch Judd bought and lived on was somehow taken off the tax rolls as well? Just curious. Curious too, to know if my assumption about high real estate taxes means high property taxes which translates into a nice budget for your school.