My Priorities Are Your Priorities.
Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance:
Nothing is more clear from this winter than the need for us to be prepared for the worst. Several neighbors and friends in Frisco were without power and water for DAYS. We know floods, tornadoes, hailstorms, and other forms of natural and man-made disasters can happen at ANY time and do. NOW is the time to review or create 72-hour, 7-day, and 14-day emergency response plans. We must ensure that our residents can trust our first responders and city leaders and guarantee the safety and reliability of our infrastructure. It does not end with temporal preparedness, as our finances must weather the storms of future downturns.
Being an Advocate for the Taxpayer:
Every dollar we spend as a city must be accounted for. Our property taxes are lower than McKinney, Flower Mound, Plano, and many other municipalities in the DFW area, which is something to be proud of. And while the property tax rate is expected to go up slightly over the next few years due to the voter-approved bond improvements from 2019, that doesn't mean we have a blank check to increase rates further. Voters approved a temporary increase, not a permanent one. In addition, we must address what we can do to increase efficiencies or revenue, and thereby reduce the taxpayer burden.
Opening the "Proper Doors" to Development:
Multi-use developments must be a key to improve the small business climate and also offer more amenities to the prospective renters than just a room and home. Every new neighborhood built within Frisco should have an amenity center and/or park plus green space along with a connective bike trail that will improve mobility.
Our incentive packages need to have a targeted approach. To the best of my ability, I will ensure that the mistakes of the past won't harm our development of the future.
Inviting All Frisco Residents to Come Feast at the Table:
We are a city of 200,000+ residents in which our amenities and entertainment are still works in progress. However, with our diverse population, we can do better at celebrating and embracing what makes each of us unique. One idea that I'd like to see come to fruition is an event called Ethnic Expo, which would highlight and display the rich cultures we have in Frisco through food, art, and entertainment. This type of event would also help bolster the local downtown businesses.
21st Century Transportation Solutions:
Our city, in the next 20 years, could top 300,000 residents, with Collin and Denton Counties expected to top two million people combined. On it's current pace of growth, Collin could top Travis County (greater Austin) in the next five years. What's our solution? I don't believe tollways alone will suffice as they continue to increase in cost. I believe an updated and interconnected trail system can do much to elevate transportation headaches and improve quality of life and health. And that is just one of many solutions to get our transportation up to the high standard we need.