City Council, Place 6

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Districts 1-6 are elected by district. Districts 7-8 are elected city-wide. Term is three years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryCouncil members may receive $5 for each meeting attended; no council member can receive more than $25 per month.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Place 6 Candidates

CandidateCampaign LinksWhat is your top priority if elected to this office?Why are you the best qualified candidate for this office?
Keith WalkerFB:
www.facebook.com/2018KWalker
Jeff Wooldridge (incumbent)FB:
www.facebook.com/Jeff-Wooldridge-for-City-Council-District-6-206384646167158/

City Council, Place 8

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is three years. Note: this position is elected at-large, across all city districts.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryCouncil members may receive $5 for each meeting attended; no council member can receive more than $25 per month.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Place 8 Candidates

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is three years. Note: this position is elected at-large, across all city districts.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryCouncil members may receive $5 for each meeting attended; no council member can receive more than $25 per month.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Proposition A

Ballot PropositionShall the Grand Prairie City Charter provision Article III Section 18(a) be amended to remove the thirty (30) year restriction on the term of any grant for franchises, leases, or other use of the streets, highways, public thoroughfares and property of the city, its avenues, parks, bridges and all other public places and property, and to continue allowing the City Council to determine the term of any franchise, lease or other use of city property?
If I vote FORThe City of Grand Prairie will be able to grant a lease or franchise of City property for more than 30 years, without gaining voter approval.
If I vote AGAINSTThe City of Grand Prairie will continue to need voter approval if it seeks to grant a lease or franchise of City property for more than 30 years.
Tax ConsequencesThis proposition will not impact current city tax rates.
ReasoningAccording to its website https://www.gptx.org/city-government/city-secretary/elections/election-faq, the City is pursuing development projects, both with private developers and as public-private partnerships, for hotels, restaurants, and retail projects. In the past, the 30-year restriction has caused problems for development projects, as many banks will not grant financing for construction projects based on leases of 30 years or less.

The City wants the flexibility to lease property for longer than 30 years, without having to put each lease to a public vote. Although the City could sell property for development, it would then lose control over that property. Leasing the property ensures the City retains control, and lease revenues are used to support City operations.
Resourceshttp://www.gptx.org/city-government/city-secretary/elections/election-faq