BY RUSSELL HUFFMAN
STEPHENVILLE (April 2, 2016) – Carla Trussell’s campaign for Stephenville City Council, Place 2, is in high-gear with a meet and greet fundraiser attended by approximately 70 local voters Thursday night. Trussell has also attended a number of recent community events, speaking with voters and community leaders.
Those keeping tabs on social media are probably already aware of Trussell who was quite vocal in opposing a potential “multi-purpose center” land and building purchase by the city.
She minced few words when speaking to potential voters, pointing out she has been attending Stephenville council meetings since the 1990’s when Lavinia Lohrman was mayor and her cousin, Kay Conaster, was a councilwoman.
“Nothing has changed in 25 years! The Stephenville City Council has become a ‘Study of the Month Club’ and my opponent (Russ McDanel) has never met a study he didn’t like,” Trussell said. “Not only has he voted in favor of almost every study, outside consultant or premature design proposal; he usually makes the motion to approve the expenditure.”
Trussell believes such actions are putting the cart before the horse much like she feels the city is not concentrating on the greatest areas of need.
“My top priority, if elected? Roads,” Trussell said.” The million dollars spent on studies and consultants this year would have repaired a lot of roadway.”
Stephenville infrastructure and a sewer capacity at 85 percent are also part of Trussell’s concerns, especially when a new housing project located across from the Tarleton farm goes on-line.
“We need guidelines in place for economic development,” Trussell said. “Any tax incentives should be tied to the number of full-time jobs a company is bringing to Stephenville. Our goal should be to reduce taxes if and when we have expanded our tax base through economic development.”