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“Endorsement: Jeff Williams for Arlington Mayor,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 18, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article229410204.html

“Meet the candidates for Arlington Mayor,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article229034724.html

“Meet the candidates for Arlington City Council District 3,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019)  https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article229130659.htmll

“Meet the candidates for Arlington City Council District 4,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019)  https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article229138914.html

“Meet the candidates for Arlington City Council District 5,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article229141704.html

“Meet the candidates for Arlington City Council District 8,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article229176834.html

Arlington Mayor

Job descriptionPresiding officer of the City Council, the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesRepresents city at official functions
Enacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$3,000; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings every other week; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Ashton StaufferEmail: jambosqueen@gmail.com
Chris DobsonEmail: sonodob@gmail.com
Ruby Faye WoolridgeRubyformayor.org
FB: Ruby Faye Woolridge for Mayor
Twitter: @Rubyformayor
Email: rubyfayewoolridge4mayor@gmail.com
Campaign Office: 1807 W. Park Row Suite C Arlington, TX 76013
Jeff Williams (incumbent)
6948 West Poly Webb Rd.
Arlington TX 76013

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Ashton Stauffer

Chris Dobson
Ruby Faye Woolridge
As mayor I will work hard to make all of Arlington citizens know their issues will be heard. I will be a mayor that listens and makes a connection with residents.
· I will honor the people’s vote and defend term limits.
· I will seek ways to reduce skyrocketing water bills.
· I will support regional transportation.
· I will find ways to make Arlington safer and cleaner.
Jeff Williams
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Ashton Stauffer
Chris Dobson
Ruby Faye Woolridge
I am qualified because of my vast experiences in both the public and private sectors, working with diverse populations and working with men and women from all socioeconomic levels.
Using my earned BA, M.Ed. degrees and completing the Diaconal Ministry program from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. I have been an educator and school counselor; worked as an executive manager of a Fortune 500 company overseeing a multi-million dollar budget; and have served as an ordained minister. All of my roles speak to me being a public servant.
My current service on City of of Arlington Park and Recreation Board of Directors and previous service on the North Texas Higher Education Authority Board of Directors, Mayor's Advisory Council and Arlington Human Service Planners demonstrates my commitment to public service.
My experience also includes currently serving as an Elder at the Potter's House and former Senior Associate Pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Arlington.
Jeff Williams
3. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE FAIREST WAY TO BALANCE THE TAX BURDEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY BETWEEN RESIDENTS, PROPERTY OWNERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND LARGER EMPLOYERS?
Ashton Stauffer
Chris Dobson
Ruby Faye Woolridge
When Arlington leaders have given $100 million in grants and incentives to a $250 million project, citizens should be questioning the wisdom of these leaders. It is clear that Arlington has the money it needs without over-burdening our citizens.
Jeff Williams
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
Ashton Stauffer
Chris Dobson
Ruby Faye Woolridge
In this scenario, I would match the growth of city services within the new cap set by the state legislature that may limit property tax revenue growth at 2.5 percent per year.
Jeff Williams
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Ashton Stauffer
Chris Dobson
Ruby Faye Woolridge
Arlington is a good city that is striving to be greater. When Arlington aims higher, senior citizens won't have to choose between paying their water bill or paying for medicine. When Arlington aims higher, it will attract high paying jobs and improve our city's economy. When Arlington aims higher, it will support a Regional Transportation system connecting healthcare, jobs, entertainment and higher education to everyone in our community. Arlington can become a world class city while maintaining its small town atmosphere. When we come together to work for our common purpose, the sky is the limit!
Jeff Williams

Arlington City Council

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. This position is elected by district. (Districts 1-5; Districts 6-8 are elected city-wide). Term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$2,400; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings every other week; special meetings called as needed.

DISTRICT 3

Who’s Running?

Roxanne Thalman (incumbent)Email: roxanne@roxannethalman.com
Marvin Sutton
Email: msutton4council@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

DISTRICT 4

Who’s Running?

Andrew Piel
Email: Andrew.piel@yahoo.com
Cyndi GoldenGolden4Arlington.com
FB: Golden4Arlington.com
Instagram: golden4arltx
Email: info@golden4arlington.com
Teresa RushingEmail: teresarushingforliberty@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Andrew Piel
Cyndi Golden
My immediate priorities would be to create an email distribution list of the citizens in the district. The purpose would be to communicate quarterly with news and info about District 4 and Arlington in general. The second action would include scheduling 3 town hall meetings in the district approximately 3 months apart. The third is investigate the opportunity for the 10 largest businesses in Arlington to establish ride shares among their employees fostering public transportation and resulting in less congestion of traffic and decreasing our carbon footprint.
Teresa Rushing
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Andrew Piel
Cyndi Golden
For the last 3 years I have been involved with city issues through a political action group (MPAC) focusing on the needs of the citizens of Arlington.
I have a unique skill set as a leader and manager in health care. On a daily basis I connect with people from all walks of life, all socioeconomic groups and all diversities in a situation demanding immediate trust as I administer anesthesia and hold their lives in my hands. Additionally as the chief of nurse anesthesia at a Level 1 trauma center I’ve managed multi million dollar budgets, allocated resources, as well as written and implemented policies for compliance in a role with great accountability. This is why voters should choose me over my opponents.
Teresa Rushing
3. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE FAIREST WAY TO BALANCE THE TAX BURDEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY BETWEEN RESIDENTS, PROPERTY OWNERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND LARGER EMPLOYERS?
Andrew Piel
Cyndi Golden
Certainly implementing the 1/4% sales tax available to Arlington would distribute the burden to our huge visitor population and those individuals who do not own property. We must get some relief from the state with regards to school financing as well.
Teresa Rushing
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
Andrew Piel
Cyndi Golden
I believe taxes should be determined locally without implementation of state policy. Arlington has not had a property tax increase in 14 years. The increase in taxes has to do with increased value of our property. It does concern me that with increased property value some citizens are unable to pay their taxes. The answer is partially school finance reform. The state should pay more for school financing. Also, seniors need to understand options open to them with freezing school property taxes at age 65 or deferring payments. I am not supportive what-so-ever of cutting local funding to essential services such as police and fire departments. We do have 1/4% sales tax available which would share the burden with non-residents and take some responsibility from property owners.
Teresa Rushing
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Andrew Piel
Cyndi Golden
My vision is that Arlington citizens recognize the vast richness and wealth of opportunity in our city. World class parks, a library that addresses the needs of all citizens, affordable housing, incredible location, good schools for all socioeconomic groups and an opportunity for growth and development. I want our city to be the city of CHOICE for families in the Metroplex.
Teresa Rushing

DISTRICT 5

Who’s Running?

Andy Priorwww.andy4arlington.com
FB: www.facebook.com/Andy4Arlington
Email: andy@andy4arlington.com
Kennedy Jones
511 Harmon Ter,
Arlington TX 76010
Celia Morganwww.celiaforarlington.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/CeliaForArlington/
Instagram: @celiaforarlington
Twitter: @celia4arlington
Email: celiaforarlington@gmail.com
Ignacio Nunez
https://drignacionunez.com/
FB: Dr Ignacio Nunez for Arlington City Council
LinkedIn: Ignacio Nunez MD
Email: ignacionunez22@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Andy Prior
Lowering water rates, lowering the effective property tax rates, and reducing fees and streamlining the permitting process for small businesses.
Kennedy Jones
Celia Morgan
First, Transportation. Arlington has been, and continues to be, the largest metropolitan city in the country without comprehensive public transportation. The launch of Via ride share, and innovative autonomous vehicle options are wonderful- but they don't do enough to relieve the traffic needs of a city with nearly 450,000 residents. Since 2002, the voters have not been given an opportunity to vote on a comprehensive transportation plan, despite multiple recommendations from the city's own Transportation Committee. We need a long term solution, one that is fitting for the needs of our residents and our visitors. Second, Affordable housing access. Housing prices have climbed consistently for several years, with nearly 50% homes valued over $250,000. In addition, the city has given big tax abatement deals to new developers, some renting well above the median rent costs. Arlington is home to a growing population of younger residents, and we need to focus our incentives on first time home buyers and affordable housing opportunities for young families and seniors. Third, improving our local economy. Bringing high paying, career jobs to the city offers Arlington's residents the ability to earn a living in their hometown, minimize commutes, and contribute to our local economy.
Ignacio Nunez
Keeping City taxes low
Affordable public transportation
Maintaining outstanding Fire and Police departments
Mantener banjos los impuestos
transporte publico asequible
Mantener departamentos excepcionales, de Bomberos y Policía.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Andy Prior
I'm a listener, a problem solver and work well with people. I believe that listening to the needs and concerns of all residents in District 5 is the only way to properly provide representative government.
Kennedy Jones
Celia Morgan
I have grown up in, and with this city. It has been my home my whole life, and where I’m raising my daughter. I’ve been preparing to run for City Council for more than two years, and I hope to have the honor of serving this network of communities. I believe that serving District 5 is a commitment to our constituents to listen, work with each other and then act. Our campaign vision is for our city that is successful, innovative, accessible, and affordable for all who wish to call Arlington home.
Ignacio Nunez
My history of elected leadership positions in administrative positions and my business experience in helping to run medium and large corporations has prepared me for the role of City Council. My 35 years of listening to my patients and reaching consensus with thousands of physicians, will allow me to be the experienced, empathetic, caring leader that we all deserve. I have received many award from respected organizations for service to others and leadership qualities.
Mi historial de posiciones de liderazgo electo en puestos administrativos y mi experiencia en negocios ayudando a dirigir empresas medianas y grandes me ha preparado para el papel de Concejo Municipal. Mis 35 años de escuchar a mis pacientes y llegar a un consenso con miles de médicos me permitirán ser el líder experimentado, empático y humanitario que todos merecemos. He recibido muchos premios de organizaciones respetadas por el servicio a los demás y las cualidades de liderazgo.
3. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE FAIREST WAY TO BALANCE THE TAX BURDEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY BETWEEN RESIDENTS, PROPERTY OWNERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND LARGER EMPLOYERS?
Andy Prior
Stop giving away tax abatements to the well-connected, thus increasing the burden on everyone else.
Kennedy Jones
Celia Morgan
Arlington has spent the last decade investing in sports, entertainment and big business development- but many community projects have been put on hold in the process. Seniors have been without a community center, passed by a voter referendum in 2016, and was delayed until 2024. Bond elections in Arlington have been overwhelmingly supported by the voters to invest in roads, schools, libraries, parks, and our first responders- but those projects are not executed to the standard for which the voters have supported them. As leaders in Arlington, we must deliver on our promises to our residents, every time. Additionally, more can be done to invest in neighborhood development and environmentally responsible development across the city.
Ignacio Nunez
Keeping our taxes low and our tax rate low while budgeting essential services to our citizens is the first and foremost responsibility of any city council. In our state of Texas our main source of revenue to run our city, is property taxes and sales taxes. We are fortunate that our entertainment district and our gas revenue brings in dollars that allow the city to benefit all our citizens. By using the dollars wisely we will benefit residents, property owners, small businesses and our larger employees. Also by attracting more small business we increase jobs and tax revenue to benefit our citizens.
Mantener nuestros impuestos bajos y nuestra tasa impositiva baja al tiempo que presupuestamos los servicios esenciales para nuestros ciudadanos es la primera y principal responsabilidad de cualquier consejo municipal. En nuestro estado de Texas, nuestra principal fuente de ingresos para administrar nuestra ciudad son los impuestos a la propiedad y los impuestos a las ventas. Somos afortunados de que nuestro distrito de entretenimiento y nuestros ingresos de gas aporten dólares que permiten que la ciudad beneficie a todos nuestros ciudadanos. Al usar los dólares sabiamente, beneficiaremos a los residentes, dueños de propiedades, pequeñas empresas y nuestros empleados más grandes. Además, al atraer a más pequeñas empresas, aumentamos los empleos y los ingresos fiscales para beneficiar a nuestros ciudadanos.
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
Andy Prior
Prioritize spending on basic services rather than wish list items. Most residents don't get massive raises every year, therefore City government should learn to live within it's means.
Kennedy Jones
Celia Morgan
Much of the property tax burden is a two factor problem: rising property values and no property tax relief. While we are hopeful that the State Legislature will provide some relief to renters and homeowners across Texas- there are options to reduce those burdens and increase residence opportunities for folks in Arlington, such as utilizing the ¼ cent sales tax to reduce the gap.
Ignacio Nunez
If our state legislature does this, we will not see an immediate effect. As time passes we may have to cut services and will be unable to maintain competitive salaries for our fire and police. We will have to have an election every time our school district, city, county, hospital district, water district needs to raise taxes beyond the limit. While well meaning, this effort by our state will adversely affect our local governmental bodies to run effectively. Let our locally elected offcials run our local governments. The state does not know our local needs better than we do.
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Andy Prior
I think that Arlington City Council needs people with fresh ideas, who represent areas of town and groups of citizens who are currently under represented. I believe that term limits has provided Arlington with an unprecedented opportunity for a City Council that truly represents everyone and I want to be part of the vanguard in that effort.
Kennedy Jones
Celia Morgan
Arlington’s “Dream City” standard is highly limited- and determined by zip code. For years certain neighborhoods have been ignored and depleted of resources. We can, and should, work to ensure every corner of Arlington is served the same level of investment, opportunity, and options by our city leadership.
Ignacio Nunez
Please vote for me this election. I bring diversity, experience, and an ability to listen. My maturity and retirement status will make me a leader that will be your servant.
Por favor, voten por mí esta elección. Traigo diversidad, experiencia y habilidad para escuchar. Mi estado de madurez y jubilación me convertirá en un líder que será su servidor.

DISTRICT 8

Who’s Running?

Don Warner
(Donald Warner III)
FB: Don Warner for Arlington City Council
Email: dwarner4c@gmail.com
Barbara Odom-Wesley
Email: medpropresident@gmail.com
Joshua Taylor
www.joshuataylorforarlington.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/joshuataylorforarlington/?view_public_for=317435158915158
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/joshua-taylor-a3a343bb
Instagram: @joshuataylorforachange
Twitter: JoshuaTaylorTX
Email: joshuartaylor2019@gmail.com
Robert Harris

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Don Warner
Maintaining our momentum to make Arlington a real dream city for all its residents.
a.Continue to focus on fire and police departments as the face of our city and improve our level of communication with the rank and file, maintaining a competitive wage, quality equipment and safety.
b. Continue to upgrade our streets, storm drainage, parks and environment to make Arlington a cleaner better environment for all to enjoy.
c. Provide improved access to education, wellness, affordable housing and jobs for our underserved community.
Barbara Odom-Wesley
Joshua Taylor
My number 1 priority is to be exactly what I believe a leader means to me. I think there is a distinguishable difference between a genuine leader and a person placed in positions of power.
If elected, I would look to improve communication and transparency between the council and its constituents. Effective communication could also be more cost efficient than the communication or lack there of that we see in our city today.
2) There is a desperate need for some sort of mentor-ship program, or further education available to our residents that is accessible to all eager to learn more about a specific profession, skill, or guidance in doing something new. There is also a call for support in our local city bred businesses, and access to better opportunities to succeed should be provided and supported by the city.
3) Understanding that 1 city councilperson does not work alone, I would collaborate with fellow council members in reevaluating workable solutions for public transportation, affordable housing, and take a look at the hold up on the Senior home living center asked for by the people in 2016.
Mi prioridad número 1 es ser exactamente lo que creo que un líder significa para mí. Creo que hay una diferencia distinguible entre un líder genuino y una persona colocada en posiciones de poder.
Si fuera elegido, buscaría mejorar la comunicación y la transparencia entre el consejo y sus electores. La comunicación efectiva también podría ser más rentable que la comunicación o la falta de comunicación que vemos hoy en nuestra ciudad.
2) Creo que hay una necesidad desesperada de algún tipo de programa de mentor-ship, o más educación disponible para nuestros residentes que sea accesible para todos aquellos que deseen aprender más sobre una profesión, habilidad u orientación específica para hacer algo nuevo. También hay una solicitud de apoyo en nuestros negocios locales de la ciudad, y la ciudad debe proporcionar y apoyar el acceso a mejores oportunidades para tener éxito.
3) Comprendiendo que 1 concejal de la ciudad no trabaja solo, colaboraría con otros miembros del consejo en la reevaluación de las soluciones viables para el transporte público, la vivienda asequible, y eché un vistazo a la demora en el centro de vivienda para personas mayores que solicita la gente de 2016.
Robert Harris
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Don Warner
I am not bound by any past concepts, impressions, or attitudes. I am self funded and not obligated to anyone. I have an open mind and no preconceived notions for what the residents want. I am a veteran; leader in local government, and industry; with integrity and honesty. I am accountable and will get involved and listen to your concerns in order to make the informed decisions on any area of government. I have previous experience as a mayor/council member, coupled with an engineering background. I have completed studies, developed plans, and overseen their implementation and testing for aircraft, vehicles, infrastructure and transportation projects.
Barbara Odom-Wesley
Joshua Taylor
Before the tragic and unjust death of Christian Taylor, my brother and I shared what would soon be our last conversation. To summarize, the discussion was related to the fact that "there is a need for authentic leaders in positions of power. " My brother wanted to make a change, admitted that he didn't know how. He felt that his dream would not be a reality without me embracing the need for community change and my ability to do so. Everything from my life has led me to this moment. I spent my youth retaining information and learning to endure situations I pray no one has to encounter. I've become a product of Arlington through my hard work and dedication by evolving into the the 26 year old leader I am today. I want to be a gap-filler between our local government and concerned residents. I pride myself in knowing that I am built for guidance, hence my name: Joshua, from the bible. "Joshua" was known for his leadership. In result of my brothers unjust death, I learned that anything is possible, and there are truly no such thing as a coincidence. I am ready to stand.
Antes de la muerte trágica e injusta de Christian Taylor, mi hermano y yo compartimos lo que pronto sería nuestra última conversación. En resumen, la discusión se relacionó con el hecho de que "hay una necesidad de líderes auténticos en posiciones de poder". Mi hermano quería hacer un cambio, admitió que no sabía cómo. Sintió que su sueño no sería una realidad sin que yo aceptara la necesidad de un cambio en la comunidad y mi capacidad para hacerlo. Todo lo de mi vida me ha llevado a este momento. Pasé a mi juventud reteniendo información y aprendiendo a soportar situaciones que rezo para que nadie tenga que enfrentarse. Me he convertido en un producto de Arlington gracias a mi arduo trabajo y dedicación al evolucionar hacia el líder de 26 años que soy hoy. Quiero llenar el vacío entre nuestro gobierno local y los residentes interesados. Me enorgullezco de saber que estoy hecho para guiarme, de ahí mi nombre: Joshua, de la Biblia. "Joshua" era conocido por su liderazgo. Como resultado de la muerte injusta de mi hermano, aprendí que cualquier cosa es posible, y realmente no hay tal cosa como una coincidencia. Estoy listo para pararme.
Robert Harris
3. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE FAIREST WAY TO BALANCE THE TAX BURDEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY BETWEEN RESIDENTS, PROPERTY OWNERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND LARGER EMPLOYERS?
Don Warner
I believe big business has enjoyed many of the most recent incentives in the way of tax relief in order to keep them or to relocate to Arlington. This has worked well but must now transition to include assistance to more technical companies or ones with better wages outside the entertainment industry.
School taxes also must be reduced by better state funding as they represent half of our current taxes. I don't support state initiatives to limit tax rates by municipalities, but do support those municipalities being better stewards of the taxes they receive. Working closer to the effective tax rate is a worthwhile goal but not at the cost of services. Audits of existing budgets to streamline processes and reduce waste are worthwhile.
Barbara Odom-Wesley
Joshua Taylor
With all do respect, I believe the fairest way is to have an effective tax rate uniform in each community on a local level. When the rates are conducted on a state level, it leaves too wide of a margin between residents, property owners, small businesses, and large employers across the whole state, instead of the City of Arlington. To genuinely make this happen, after understanding what will be the new state law, is first establishing a bridge to fill the gap of communication and transparency from our city council and its constituents.
Con todo respeto, creo que la forma más justa es tener un uniforme de tasa impositiva efectiva en cada comunidad a nivel local. Cuando las tasas se realizan a nivel estatal, deja un margen demasiado amplio entre los residentes, propietarios, pequeñas empresas y grandes empleadores en todo el estado, en lugar de la Ciudad de Arlington. Para hacer que esto suceda de manera genuina, después de comprender lo que será la nueva ley estatal, es primero establecer un puente para llenar el vacío de comunicación y transparencia de nuestro consejo de la ciudad y sus electores.
Robert Harris
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
Don Warner
I do not support tax rate caps by our state legislature. If enacted the city and its residents will need to make choices. I have had this experience before and being transparent with residents is the best way to avoid problems. If the budget can't be supported within a 2.5% cap you have several choices: reduce services and/ or increase fees, cut personnel, freeze hiring, find alternate sources of revenue, or allow residents to vote to exceed the cap. My first alternative would be to audit existing systems to determine cost benefit. And eliminate or improve the process to reduce costs. This action should be accomplished periodically with or without a cap as a means of good stewardship.
Barbara Odom-Wesley
Joshua Taylor
The first action should be to go back to the drawing board and review our current budget, as well as what changes this will bring. In understanding that a council member does not work alone, I think spending an ample amount of time on a change that can be so significant is necessary. Effective planning, and transparent communication in decision making I believe is key in operating with limited tax revenue growth.
State law supersedes city law, and if this does become law, we should be ready to respond in a transparent and productive manner.
La primera acción debe ser volver al tablero de dibujo y revisar nuestro presupuesto actual, así como los cambios que esto traerá. Al comprender que un miembro del consejo no trabaja solo, creo que es necesario dedicar una gran cantidad de tiempo a un cambio que puede ser tan importante. La planificación efectiva y la comunicación transparente en la toma de decisiones creo que es clave para operar con un crecimiento limitado de los ingresos fiscales.
La ley estatal reemplaza la ley de la ciudad, y si esto se convierte en ley, deberíamos estar listos para responder de manera transparente y de manera productiva.
Robert Harris
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Don Warner
Arlington is great city and can do better as is attempting to do many areas. I would support a more focused program that opens access to our under served community, while maintaining current police, fire, streets, storm water and infrastructure programs. Access to under served for education, affordable housing and wellness can be achieved by better transportation alternative in the central corridor from the entertainment district to Tarrant Community College SE, opening hospitals, UTA and city libraries, and community centers. Construction of affordable housing in this corridor could be a source of job training for construction trades further improving quality of life for these residents.
Barbara Odom-Wesley
Joshua Taylor
Currently I along with my family, am seeking approval to develop the Christian J. Taylor Outreach and Recreation Center, on behalf of the Now I Am Christian Taylor Foundation, on 4 acres of land purchased by our family on Sublett Rd. in Arlington. My goal is to create a genuine beacon of hope in the City of Arlington. Working alongside the Arlington branch of the NAACP, and many other organizations in our community, we seek to open a place welcoming all community serving residents of Arlington. The idea of "free membership for gym services in exchange for hours of community service," is revolutionary and what I hope will be a blessing to the city of Arlington.
Included will be many programs and education, that will improve the quality of life in our city as well as collective growth in internal support of the city we call home. My vision is to create a bonded community, and this is only one of the many examples of positive change I intend to bring to our city.
Actualmente, junto con mi familia, estoy buscando la aprobación para desarrollar el Centro de Ayuda y Recreación Christian J. Taylor, en nombre de la Fundación Ahora Soy Christian Taylor, en 4 acres de tierra comprada por nuestra familia en Sublett Rd. en Arlington. Mi objetivo es crear un auténtico faro de esperanza en la Ciudad de Arlington. Trabajando junto a la sucursal de Arlington de NAACP, y muchas otras organizaciones en nuestra comunidad, buscamos abrir un lugar para recibir a todas las comunidades que sirven a los residentes de Arlington. La idea de "membresía gratuita para servicios de gimnasio a cambio de horas de servicio comunitario" es revolucionaria y espero que sea una bendición para la ciudad de Arlington.
Se incluirán muchos programas y educación, que mejorarán la calidad de vida en nuestra ciudad, así como el crecimiento colectivo en el apoyo interno de la ciudad que llamamos hogar. Mi visión es crear una comunidad unida, y este es solo uno de los muchos ejemplos de cambios positivos que pretendo traer a nuestra ciudad.
Robert Harris