Flower Mound Town Council

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is three years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsFirst and third Monday of the month, with work sessions scheduled as needed on the third Thursday of the month.

Recent News Articles

“Q&A: Laile Neal is Running for Flower Mound Town Council Place 1 Seat” Community Impact Newspaper (March 29, 2019) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/lewisville-flower-mound-highland-village/vote/2019/03/29/qa-laile-neal-is-running-for-flower-mound-town-council-place-1-seat/

“Weir:  Ben Bumgarner Running for Flower Mound Town Council” The Cross Timbers Gazette (March 18, 2019) https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2019/03/18/weir-ben-bumgarner-running-for-flower-mound-town-council/

“Weir:  Jim Pierson Running for Flower Mound Town Council” The Cross Timbers Gazette (March 14, 2019) https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2019/03/14/weir-jim-pierson-running-for-flower-mound-town-council/

“Weir:  Laile Neal Running for Flower Mound Town Council” The Cross Timbers Gazette (March 12, 2019) https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2019/03/12/weir-laile-neal-running-for-flower-mound-town-council/

“Q&A:  Laura Ella Dillon is Running for Flower Mound Town Council Place 1 Seat” Community Impact Newspaper (March 11, 2019) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/lewisville-flower-mound-highland-village/vote/2019/03/07/qa-laura-ella-dillon-is-running-for-flower-mound-town-council-place-1-seat/

“Weir:  Laura Dillon Running for Flower Mound Town Council” The Cross Timbers Gazette (March 11, 2019) https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2019/03/11/weir-laura-dillon-running-for-flower-mound-town-council/

“Q&A:  Jim Pierson is Running for Flower Mound Town Council Place 1” Community Impact Newspaper (March 7, 2019) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/lewisville-flower-mound-highland-village/vote/2019/03/07/qa-jim-pierson-is-running-for-flower-mound-town-council-place-1/

“Flower Mound P&Z Chair Running for Town Council” The Cross Timbers Gazette (March 1, 2019) https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2019/03/01/flower-mound-pz-vice-chair-running-for-town-council/

“Q&A:  Ben Bumgarner Runs for Flower Mound Town Council Place 3” Community Impact Newspaper (March 1, 2019) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/lewisville-flower-mound-highland-village/vote/2019/03/01/qa-ben-bumgarner-runs-for-flower-mound-town-council-place-3/

“Neal Seeks Place on Flower Mound Town Council” The Leader (February 28, 2019) https://starlocalmedia.com/theleader/news/neal-seeks-place-on-flower-mound-town-council/article_84e158f6-3ba1-11e9-aedf-83d0baa69091.html

“Weir:  Mike Wallace Running for Flower Mound Council” The Cross Timbers Gazette (February 22, 2019) https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2019/02/22/weir-mike-wallace-running-for-flower-mound-council/

“Flower Mound, LISD Election Slates Set” The Leader (February 15, 2019) https://starlocalmedia.com/theleader/news/flower-mound-lisd-election-slates-set/article_9a744fcc-3172-11e9-b9b2-f36eeca36acc.html

“Q&A: Mike Wallace Runs for Flower Mound Town Council Place 3” Community Impact Newspaper (February 6, 2019) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/lewisville-flower-mound-highland-village/vote/2019/02/06/qa-mike-wallace-runs-for-flower-mound-town-council-place-3/

“Wallace Announces Plans to Run for Flower Mound Town Council” The Leader (January 16, 2019) https://starlocalmedia.com/theleader/news/wallace-announces-plans-to-run-for-flower-mound-town-council/article_af6ec3a8-19a8-11e9-a4e6-fb2e7cabf7e4.html

“Candidates” Denton County Democratic Party (2019) http://dentondemocrats.org/pages/97/candidates/

PLACE 1

Who’s Running?

Note: Open seat

Laile Neal FB: https://www.facebook.com/laileisrunning/
Email: laileneal@gmail.com
Jim Piersonhttps://jimpierson2019.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/jimpiersonfortc/?modal=admin_todo_tour
Email: jhp@tx.rr.com
Laura Ella DillonFB: https://www.facebook.com/LauraEllaDillon
Email: LauraEllaDillon@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Laile Neal
My first priority would be to continue to strongly support our Fire and Police Departments to help them reach thier department goals so we can retain our consistently high safety ranking. My second priority would be to ensure that the ordanances and design standards that make our town a desirable place to live are enforced and developments are held to a very high standard, especially in terms of project execution. Finally, I would work with staff to identify further ways we can diversify our tax base while enforcing our current land use designations.
Jim Pierson
1. Return to the vision of the Master Plan and it's land use plans That in turn will help to mitigate enlarging our traffic issues and town maintenance costs.
2. Because we have allowed development outside the intent of the Master Plan at the request of developers, we have allowed traffic to become a headache for not only our citizens but those who pass through on their daily commute. 77,000 trips a day enter the northern point of 2499.
3. Our debt. We have approximately $200,000,000 in COO's. Our annual revenue from all taxes runs around $73,000,000 and our annual expenses around $117,000,00. This creates a real conundrum. We have to increase our tax base without increasing property taxes, but how do we do that by building more and more apartments, investing in TIRZ's on the hope and promise that there is a significant value increase in the distant future. These amendments have direct consequences.
Laura Ella Dillon
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Laile Neal
I’ve been serving on boards and commissions with the town for many years and have a strong knowledge base on complex issues that deal directly with land use, property rights and how our town services are managed. My voting record shows a willingness to listen to residents’ concerns while weighing tough decisions and I have also consistently been voted into leadership positions such as Chair and Vice Chair of the boards on which I’ve served.
Jim Pierson
Early member of P & Z. Participated in early Master Plans
Former President of Franklin Hills Water Board
Voting citizen since 1984
US Navy Vietnam Era Veteran 1959-1965
Director of Operations - Cygnet Financial
Regional Operations Manager - Whites Auto
Distribution Manager - Georgia Pacific/Unisource
Laura Ella Dillon
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?
Laile Neal
The best way to achieve a balance is to encourage a healthy mix of many types of revenue generating sources. Flower Mound is heavily weighted to residential tax sources so more commercial and retail will add much needed sales tax to that mix. We have places that are already designated for that growth that won’t adversly effect our residents but we must strive to ensure those areas are developed toward that goal.
Jim Pierson
We have paid a high price for two major developments, much more than was necessary in my opinion. And we have given up much prime real estate to these two areas. That being said, it is done, so we must make the best use of it, finish it out as it should be and support our small businesses and grow them to increase theirs and the town revenue.
We must look to our western limits and begin to wisely develop that corridor without adding increasing our per capita debt. Attracting companies by providing high end quality estates through the CTCCD similar to Tour 18. If executives want to live in Flower Mound they will bring their companies with them.
Laura Ella Dillon
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?
Laile Neal
I don’t believe it will be possible to adequately fund our services if this happens so it will be critical that our town staff and representatives clearly identify what services are most important to our residents and articulate the need to approve a higher local rate through a vote before those services suffer. I believe our staff is uniquely qualified to make that argument effectively and would fully support a proactive approach to setting a rate that is evidence based and appropriate for our community.
Jim Pierson
Well, it has not become law so speculation on how to deal with it as presented is not productive. Suffice it to say, that our tax rate have not reached that threshold so it is a non-issue at this time. Furthermore, if we develop the western portion we can prevent that scenario from ever being a reality.
Laura Ella Dillon
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Laile Neal
Please come out and vote! Flower Mound has a great history of engaged citizens who care about our community so come out to the polls and make your voice heard!
Jim Pierson
I love Flower Mound. My family fell in love with the beauty of this area 35 years ago. While we have stubbed our toes a bit, we still have a working vibrant town with involved citizens. Whatever issues we may have, I am confident that we will overcome them and continue to be one of the stellar communities in the country. I look forward to the 377/1171 corridor and what we can add to our town through prudent planning and consideration of the entire town.
Laura Ella Dillon

PLACE 3

Who’s Running?

Note: Open seat

Mike WallaceFB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Wallace4FM/posts/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wallace4fm
Email: wallace4fm@yahoo.com
Ben BumgarnerFB: https://www.facebook.com/Bumgarner4towncouncilpl3/
Email: bbumgarner75@gmail.com

Flower Mound Charter Amendment Election

The Town Charter is the city’s most important legal document – similar to a constitution for a state or a nation. The Town Charter defines the organization, powers, functions, and essential procedures of the city government.

After reviewing the recommendations of the Charter Amendment Commission, the Town Council called for a Special Election on the recommended changes contained in Propositions A-D.

Resources

Town of Flower Mound, Charter Amendments – includes original and proposed language changes for Flower Mound Home Rule Charter https://www.flower-mound.com/1801/Charter-Amendments

PROPOSITION A

Ballot PropositionShall Section 3.04 of the Flower Mound Home Rule Charter be amended to authorize a monthly stipend of $400 for the mayor and a monthly stipend of $200 for each councilmember?

Debe enmendarse la Sección 3.04 de la Carta de Autogobierno de Flower Mound para autorizar un estipendio mensual de $400 para el alcalde y un estipendio mensual de $200 para cada consejal?
If I Vote FORThe Flower Mound Charter, Section 3.04 will be revised to provide a $300 monthly stipend for the mayor and $200 for each town councillor.
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Flower Mound Charter, Section 3.04 will remain the same, and the mayor and town councillors will remain unpaid positions.
Tax ConsequencesThe total annual cost of the proposed compensation is $15,600. The proposition is not expected to have significant tax consequences.

PROPOSITION B

Ballot PropositionShall Section 3.07 of the Flower Mound Home Rule Charter be amended to remove the requirement that all ordinances adopted by the Town be published in the Town’s official newspaper except those ordinances required to be published by law?

Debe enmendarse la Sección 3.07 de la Carta de Autogobierno de Flower Mound para eliminar la exigencia de que todas las ordenanzas adoptadas por la Municipalidad sean publicadas en el periódico oficial de la Municipalidad con excepción de aquellas ordenanzas que las leyes exijan que se publiquen?
If I Vote FORThe Flower Mound Charter, Section 3.07 will be revised, so that:
- Only those ordinances required by law to be published in the local newspaper (Denton Record Chronicle) will have their captions published.
- State law requires publication of the caption and penalty of any ordinances that impose a fine, penalty or forfeiture.
- In addition to the newspaper, all town ordinance captions are published on the town website and archived in the Town Secretary’s Office.
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Flower Mound Charter, Section 3.07 will remain the same, and all town ordinance captions will continue to be published in the Denton Record Chronicle.
Tax ConsequencesThe average cost of publishing ordinance captions is $2,000 per year; this would be reduced if the proposition is passed. The proposition is not expected to have significant tax consequences.

PROPOSITION C

Ballot PropositionShall Section 9.10 of the Flower Mound Home Rule Charter be deleted in its entirety to remove the requirement that the Town budget be filed with various county and state agencies?

Debe suprimirse en su totalidad la Sección 9.10 de la Carta de Autogobierno de Flower Mound para eliminar la exigencia de que el presupuesto de la Municipalidad sea registrado con varias entidades del condado y el estado?
If I Vote FORThe Flower Mound Charter, Section 9.10 will be removed so that:
- The town will no longer be required to file the Town Budget, including amendments, with county and state agencies.
- State law only requires that the budget be filed with the Town Secretary, and posted on the town’s website along with a record of how each member of Council voted on the budget.
- Currently, the Town Budget is filed annually with Denton County, Tarrant County, and the State Comptroller’s Office.
- Budgets from fiscal year 2013-14 to present are available on the town website, and all budgets are archived in the Town Secretary’s Office.
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Flower Mound Charter, Section 9.10 will remain the same, and will continue to be filed filed annually with Denton County, Tarrant County, and the State Comptroller’s Office.
Tax ConsequencesThe average cost of filing the budget with county and state offices is $700 per year; this would be eliminated if the proposition is passed. The proposition is not expected to have significant tax consequences.

PROPOSITION D

Ballot PropositionShall Section 9.14 of the Flower Mound Home Rule Charter be amended to allow transfer of funds between departments within the same fund without the requirement of a budget amendment?

Debe suprimirse en su totalidad la Sección 9.14 de la Carta de Autogobierno de Flower Mound para permitir transferencia de fondos entre departmentos dentro del mismo fondo sin que se requiera una enmienda de presupuesto?
If I Vote FORThe Flower Mound Charter, Section 9.14 will be amended, so that money can be transferred between departments if those funds are in the same fund category.
- The current town budget is made up of five different fund categories. Currently, Town Council approval is required to move money between departments within the same fund; this usually happens at the end of the fiscal year, to use a surplus in one department to cover unexpected expenses in another department.
- Budget amendments for transfers within fund categories average 2-3 times per year.
- State law does not require a budget amendment to transfer money between departments within the same fund category.
- Town Council action will continue to be necessary to transfer money from one fund category to another.
If I Vote AGAINSTThe Flower Mound Charter, Section 9.14 will remain the same. Town Council action will continue to be required to move money between departments within the same fund category.
Tax ConsequencesNone