At the 4/5/16 Stephenville City Council meeting, I shared this information with the public:
“During the current and previous budget combined, the council has approved spending less than 1% of the total budgets on studies and plans. These expenditures have and are providing accurate, up-to-date information to staff and council that are vitally necessary for wise decision making. Basing our decisions on decades’ old data is not prudent or exercising our due diligence. Infrastructure projects and upgrades that we invest millions of dollars in, should and will be studied and planned in a proper professional manner. I applaud the council for this sound and efficient strategy.”
As a four-term council member I have experience dealing with complex issues. Being a part of improving infrastructure and prioritizing projects has taught me the importance of fact checking and having solid implementation plans.
Three of our goals are:
1) Ensuring the long term financial health of city government.
2) Providing quality public safety for current and future residents.
3) Strong comprehensive planning to promote orderly and sustained development to increase taxable value. During the last few years we have made significant progress toward these goals.
I am excited about the positive momentum the city is currently experiencing. There are several new opportunities that the Chamber of Commerce and the City have been diligently working on that will provide more choices and improve the quality of life for our residents.
Our conservative budgeting and recent moves to increase street repair funding is good news. Hiring our own city engineer is providing quicker design and implementation of our street projects that are now underway.
Thinking about future generations, I supported the Council’s purchase of a water well field, which will serve the city’s needs for decades to come.
Economic development is also vital. We need to retain existing employers and attract new businesses to ensure higher paying jobs and a vibrant economy. Along with that we need to continue our record of keeping property taxes low.
My opponent, Carla Trussell, doesn’t appear to fully grasp the issues and responsibilities facing council members. Her inexperience will not be an asset to future growth.
Carla continually bashes City Council for investing in studies that she deems useless. In her attacks she uses inaccurate figures. Her claim of “$1 million on studies” is false and misleading. What she is failing to understand is that to properly plan a project we need to provide documentation that validates the need and costs associated. Such documentation is required to qualify for state funding. Studies not only justify expenses but also assist with prioritizing projects. To call such documentation useless demonstrates her lack of experience with fiscal management.
As a new grandfather I don’t have to look any farther than my lap to explain why I am seeking re-election to the Stephenville City Council. It’s for my grandson and all of our kids and grandkids here in Stephenville. We are at a crossroads with major needs in our streets, infrastructure, and economic development. We need proven and knowledgeable representation on City Council.
Stephenville City Council candidate