Keller City 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.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

PLACE 3

Who’s Running?

Sheri Almond
https://almondforkeller.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/almondforkeller/
Email: AlmondforKeller@gmail.com
Greg WillFB: https://www.facebook.com/gregwill4keller/
Email: greghwill@gmail.com
Frank RoszellFB: https://www.facebook.com/FrankRoszellKellerlPlace3
Email: FrankRoszell@yahoo.com

PLACE 4

Who’s Running?

Eric Schmidt
https://www.vote4eric.org/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Eric.Schmidt.Keller.City.Council/
Email: eschmidt@cityofkeller.com
Beckie Paquinwww.BeckiePaquin.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/BeckieForKeller/
Email: BeckiePaquinforKeller@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Eric Schmidt

Beckie Paquin
If elected, I will focus on the issues that matter such as decreasing the amount of property taxes that city government collects, continuing to prioritize our parks and trails, and collaborating within our community to enhance opportunities for families and for all citizens.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Eric Schmidt
Beckie Paquin
As a committed educator and a Mom of three, I have experience balancing budgets and collaborating with my colleagues to serve others. In particular, my experience as an educator and primary school administrator has prepared me to listen to others and gather feedback while maintaining my commitment to important policy principles. Also, as a graduate of the Keller Citizens Academy, I acquired even more understanding of what it takes to maintain and improve core city services that make Keller a wonderful place.
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?
Eric Schmidt
Beckie Paquin
Economic development should be improved in Keller. City Council should support quality, aesthetically pleasing development—all the while respecting the rights of private property owners. Actively recruiting unique and desirable businesses to Keller will help further alleviate the City’s dependency on property taxes.
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?
Eric Schmidt
Beckie Paquin
Reducing the property tax burden is at the top of my priorities. Property taxes are crushing too many of Keller’s longtime residents. I believe now is the time for Keller to take the next step and bring more property tax relief to Keller’s residents. As a Keller City Councilwoman, I pledge to make budget recommendations to decrease or flatten the total amount of property taxes collected, not increase them. And I will collaborate with my peers on council to make this a reality.
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Eric Schmidt

Beckie Paquin
With regards to land development, it is important for us to realize that Keller is almost fully built out. Because of this, I believe we must elect leaders who will fight for high quality, aesthetically pleasing development—all the while respecting the rights of private property owners. Our city needs a pragmatic and sensible approach to development. With your support, as councilwoman, I pledge to do this by communicating with you and listening to all who will be impacted.