Richland Hills City Council

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$50 per Council meeting attended; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

PLACE 1

Who’s Running?

Robert DeSoto (incumbent)3721 Oxley St
Richland Hills TX 76118

PLACE 3

Who’s Running?

Curtis A. Bergthold (incumbent)Email: thecurtisb@gmail.com

PLACE 5

Who’s Running?

Athena Campbell (incumbent)FB: https://www.facebook.com/Athena-Campbell-Council-Member-Pl-5-1245432555602616/
Email: a.campbell2592@gmail.com
Javier Alvarez7300 Hovenkamp Ave
Richland Hills TX 76118

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Athena Campbell
My top priorities have always been getting infrastucture repaired and promoting our City.
I have worked to direct our budgeting towards street improvements and city cleanup.
I want Richland Hills to be worthy of being known for who we are and what we represent.
Javier Alvarez
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Athena Campbell
I am the best qualified candidate because I have already been on Council for 2 years and am past the learning curve. I bring a fountain of financial and legal knowledge to the table with a degree in both Business Accounting and Paralegal Studies.
I have been instrumental in digging into the nuts and bolts of the City's budget and investments to make sure they are aligned in our Citizen's best interests. As a member of the Financial Committee I have been an advisor on investments, land sales, and Hotel Taxes.
Javier Alvarez
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?
Athena Campbell
The fairest way to balance the tax burden is to bring in more business and expand our collection of taxes. The greater the surface of payers, the lighter the burden.
Javier Alvarez
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?
Athena Campbell
This is a very unfortunate circumstance for City government, but should this become law, we will have to make some very hard decisions.
I will suggest cuts in all the city services other than public safety. The recreation center will have to run on its own revenue with no city incentive. The parks plans will be put on hold. Only necessities will be funded.
Javier Alvarez
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Athena Campbell
I believe we need financially knwledgable people on Council with all the Bill's coming through Texas legislation.
I have worked to make sure Richland Hills functions frugally while supplying our residents with a great quality of life. Since I have been on Council we have the largest fund balance in all prior years.
A vote for me will ensure our City will continue in the this forward moving pathway.
Javier Alvarez

Richland Hills Bond Proposition

Resources

City of Richland Hills, Proposed Fire Station Information (includes project costs and design and site location information) http://www.richlandhills.com/government/departments-a-l/fire-department/breaking-news/-fbclid-IwAR3YItHWSRIcJBP_2ZQwI2vxapRrrl74naHh2Td3QiDCLGe_Pas6QRphn3Y

PROPOSITION A

Ballot PropositionThe issuance of $6,670,000 tax bonds by the City of Richland Hills for constructing and equipping fire safety improvements.

La emisión de bonos tributarios por $6,670,000 por parte de la Ciudad de Richland Hills para la construcción y el equipamiento de mejoras de seguridad contra incendios.
If I Vote FORThe city will issue $6.67 million in bonds to fund construction and equipment for the fire department.
If I Vote AGAINSTThe city will not issue $6.67 million in bonds.
Tax ConsequencesThe proposal would add an additional property tax of $0.08 or less. On a $100,000 home, this equates to an additional $80 per year.

What is a bond?

A bond is essentially an IOU. Instead of going to a bank to get a loan, like an individual might do, governments can issue bonds to raise money for specific projects. An investor buys a bond on the understanding that they will be paid back, in full and with interest, on a set date (limited by law to 40 years). In most cases, governments must seek voter approval to issue a bond.

What will the bond package pay for?

The bond package will pay for:

  • A new, 11,000 sq ft fire station (to replace the current station, built in the 1950s)
  • At least four shower/restroom facilities including facilities for female firefighters (one shower currently exists)
  • An equipment decontamination area for firefighting gear and equipment
  • Fire bays that will reduce diesel exhaust exposure

If the bond is approved, the City will also move forward with plans to renovate the vacant portion of the Police Department, which has been unused for several years and will be used as offices for Fire Department administration and shared training, meeting, and interview space for the Fire and Police Departments. This portion of the renovation is estimated at $600,000 and is included in the total project cost of the bond proposal.