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“Candidate Introductions and Candidate Forum” Westworth Village News (March 2019) http://cityofwestworth.com/uploads/file/Newsletters/2019/03-2019.pdf

Westworth Village 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 salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsMonthly city council meetings; special meetings called as needed.

Recent News Articles

“Candidate Introductions and Candidate Forum,” Westworth Village News (March 2019) http://cityofwestworth.com/uploads/file/Newsletters/2019/03-2019.pdf

Who’s Running?

John DaviesEmail: jdavies@cityofwestworth.com
Email: john.davies.wwv@gmail.com
Kelly Joneswww.kelly4mayor.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G09FfNF-DiY
Email: kjones@cityofwestworth.com
Email: kelly@kelly4mayor.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
John Davies
Kelly Jones
Westworth Village is in a very enviable financial position, but there are issues to be resolved.
First, I want to restore confidence in our local government resulting from a drawn-out and delayed city-wide trail system. This will be done the old-fashioned way, by treating people with respect, listening to their concerns, seeking consensus whenever possible, and gracefully making firm decisions when necessary. It is always important to explain the basis for adverse decisions so citizens understand their input is valuable and has been appropriately considered.
Within 60 days, I will appoint a council/citizen public safety advisory committee to oversee and act as a liaison with our fine police department, and to oversee and monitor our fire services contract with Fort Worth.
The city’s Hawks Creek Golf Club has historically been losing as much as $250,000 per year. That is simply not sustainable for a city our size. Again, within 60 days, I will appoint a council/citizen golf advisory committee to advise the council on the operation of the golf course. Hopefully, we can improve revenue and deficiencies to continue city operation of the course; failing that, hard decisions must be made.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
John Davies
Kelly Jones
Successfully managing my own law firm for 40 years, maintaining a staff for 40, 30, 19, and 17 years, respectively, and receiving highest possible rankings among lawyers and judges for professional ability and ethical standards.
Serving four years on Arlington’s City Council, chairing the Budget and Audit Committee during difficult financial times.
Appointed by Governor Clements to Stephen F. Austin State University’s Board of Regents; selected its youngest chairman at 37. I fired the college president for financial mismanagement, prompting a supportive call from Governor Richards.
I took a company public, spending time on Wall Street learning how brokerage firms and credit agencies work. Using that experience in Westworth Village, refinancing our bonded indebtedness, saving the citizens hundreds of thousands of dollars.
I served from 2009-2014 on Westworth Village’s City Council, five as mayor pro tem, hiring a professional staff, purging corruption, bringing over $60 million in exempt property onto the tax rolls, and training our police as medical first responders.
During past year on Westworth Village’s City Council, I introduced 1) performance-based budget format, 2) citizen email/text notification system, 3) unethical builder penalties, and increased citizen involvement through public hearings on the city-wide trail system and budget.
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?
John Davies
Kelly Jones
As previously mentioned, Westworth Village is in an enviable financial condition. With no available income tax (and we don’t want any!), our revenue comes primarily from ad valorem and sales tax. In a small town whose tax base is expanding as rapidly as ours, both revenue sources (but primarily ad valorem taxation) are on the dramatic increase.
From a revenue perspective, we are fortunate to have a Walmart in our town, which obviously generates huge amounts of sales tax. On the downside, Walmarts are known for requiring large amounts of city services, primarily police services. Further, Walmarts are not known for long stays at their locations, so we must begin to prepare for Walmart’s departure, and how to replace that huge sales tax revenue.
With our anticipated growth in our tax base, I believe we can drive our already low tax rates even lower, while preserving and perhaps enhancing our homestead and over-65 exemptions.
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?
John Davies
Kelly Jones
As presently drafted, the bills limiting property tax growth to 2.5 % per year will not be applicable to a town as small as Westworth Village.
Obviously, we are monitoring the progress of these bills to see if they are amended to apply to Westworth Village. Independent of rising valuations, by simply additional properties, our tax base growth will exceed well over 2.5 % for the foreseeable future. Regarding the tax rate, as previously stated, it is my intent to lower -- not raise -- the city’s ad valorem tax rate.
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
John Davies
Kelly Jones
As mentioned, I have spent my entire life preparing for this challenge.
I have over a decade of public service experience, both at the municipal and at the higher educational levels. In business, I have a history of success and accomplishment in both the private and public sectors.
I have a sense of decency, treat people with respect, and have a record of bringing diverse opinions into a constructive consensus.
Most importantly, I have a demonstrated record of tackling difficult decisions, and making progress wherever I have served.

Westworth Village 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 salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsMonthly city council meetings; special meetings called as needed.

PLACE 1

Who’s Running?

Rosa MendezEmail: mendez_83@hotmail.com

PLACE 5

Who’s Running?

Nyles NielsenEmail: nylesn@hotmail.com
Christina CowdenEmail: christina.a.cowden@gmail.com