1. What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing Stephenville?
The biggest challenges facing the City of Stephenville, in my opinion is:
Revenue growth is not keeping up with operational expenditures. Stephenville is dependent upon sales tax revenue. Over 40% of the General Fund revenue comes from Sales Taxes.
Over the past few years, two million was used of reserves to cover necessary street maintenance. Sales tax, currently, is stagnate because more businesses are closing than are starting up, and the economy isn’t rolling along steady.
To fund the 4B – Economic Development (SEDA), the City is now directing approximately $475K a year from Sales Tax revenue. My opinion is that this amount should be reviewed by tax payers and a portion be re-directed and dedicated to the street maintenance program.
2. Do you support an events center/multi-purpose facility? Why or why not?
No, I do not support the idea of an events center/multi-purpose facility.
Until the streets, Library, Senior Citizens Center and Parks are improved, why would we, as citizens, want to take on additional responsibilities and on-going expenditures?
3. What are your thoughts on the East Side Sewer Project?
I am for the East Side Sewer project.
The project would be a new line starting on the East side of town (108/281), running along 281 south, directly to the waste water treatment plant. This line would provide flow relief to the downtown district, as well as flow for new development along 281. When completed, the North side of town can be redirected away from downtown while older clay pipes are replaced in the older sections. This replacement project would be difficult without this redirection of the North side.
The need for the East Side Sewer should be apparent. The City is in the process of a 2 million dollar project creating a direct line from Tarleton to the waste water treatment plant. This phase was necessary to keep flow from overwhelming the downtown system.
4. How long have you lived in Stephenville and what clubs/organizations are you a part of?
Moved to Stephenville in 2007, and do not belong to any local clubs or organizations.
5. Why should voters choose you instead of your opponent?
My Opponent, Rhett Harrison, is an honorable person, doing what he thinks best for the City, bringing over 28 years of business experience to the table.
My background includes: Licensed Certified Public Accountant for over 25 years, with experience in County and City financial management. I was the Director or Finance and Administration for the City of Stephenville for the past 9 ½ years, retiring in January 2017.
During the past ten years, I have developed, implemented and supervised Stephenville’s budget totaling over 20 million annually, and successfully filed the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) with the State of Texas. The City of Stephenville’s financials was my job, and I know the numbers inside and out, in addition to the City Council activity since arriving in Stephenville in 2007.