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Benbrook 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$50 per council meeting attended; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsTwice monthly; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationJoanna King, City Secretary
jking@benbrook-tx.gov
817-249-6004

Who’s Running?

Jerry B. Dittrich (incumbent)FB: https://www.facebook.com/JerryDittrichforMayor/
@jerrydittrichformayor
Bob Koci
Dave Clark

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Jerry B. Dittrich (incumbent)
Support Public Safety (Police and Fire Departments)
Advocate for new and better schools
Solve and prevent traffic issues
Keep our city financially strong
Attract quality commercial and residential growth
Bob Koci
Dave Clark
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Jerry B. Dittrich (incumbent)
I have served on city council 27 years and the last 14 years as mayor . This amount of service has given me experience and knowledge about what the citizens expect and desire and a working plan for leadership that will meet their expectations.
Bob Koci
Dave Clark
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?
Jerry B. Dittrich (incumbent)
Presently the tax burden is fairly shared . Commercial growth should help our city maintain or reduce our property tax rate.
Bob Koci
Dave Clark
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. IN 2019 THE STATE LEGISLATURE REQUIRED THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS GET VOTER APPROVAL IF THEY WISH TO INCREASE PROPERTY TAXES BY MORE THAN 3.5%. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
Jerry B. Dittrich (incumbent)
I believe our present city property tax rate is reasonable, and we have steadily decreased it over the last 14 years that I have been mayor. We will work on increasing our commercial growth to increase our property tax and sales tax. Our City Council opposed the action of the state legislature as did most city governments as this action will make it harder for cities to do much needed infrastructure and maintain current services. Fortunately at this time it appears that our city will be able to work within those parameters and continue to provide what our citizens need. It is my opinion that it is much better to have government control of property tax at the city level where city council know what their cities really need. The cap rate of 3.5% for most cities is way too low to plan for and implement projects that might be much needed in the future.
Bob Koci
Dave Clark
5 ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Jerry B. Dittrich (incumbent)
I want to continue to be a strong voice for the citizens of Benbrook and want to thank you for your vote.
Bob Koci
Dave Clark

Benbrook City Council

Job descriptionThe Council is 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$50 per council meeting attended; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice a month; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationJoanna King, City Secretary
jking@benbrook-tx.gov
817-249-6004

PLACE 3

Who’s Running?

R. Larry MarshallEmail: place3@benbrook-tx.gov
David G. Morris
Dennis G. Lindgron

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
R. Larry Marshall
To continue to support the safety of our citizens with our exceptional police and fire departments, to protect our neighborhoods and property values maintaining strong zoning and subdivision ordinances and keeping property values high and taxes low. Continue to improve our parks and build new facilities for all citizens, to support our schools. To support our skilled employees. Keep our city economically viable, strong, and ready for the future.
David G. Morris
Dennis G. Lindgron
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
R. Larry Marshall
Current Benbrook Council-member, Place 3, Mayor Pro-Tem, Chairman of the Tax Increment Finance District. On the Board of NAS/JRB Regional Coordination Committee. Two terms on Executive Board NCTCOG. 14 years on Benbrook Planning and Zoning Commission as Chair and member. Two Benbrook Capital Improvement Project Committees, as Chair and member. Private practice of Rheumatology for 20 years. Retired Assoc. Prof. of Medicine UNTHSC. Retired Captain, Naval Medical Corp. Part-time Physician at JPS Hospital Rheumatology Clinic. Volunteer at Rheumatology Clinic at Cornerstone Assistance Network. Past President Tarrant County Medical Society, still serving on various boards. Delegate to Texas Medical Association, and past TMA Council and Committee Chairman.
David G. Morris
Dennis G. Lindgron
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?
R. Larry Marshall
To keep our residential tax rate low and encouraging economic development of businesses with our EDC, and supporting our current businesses to succeed.
David G. Morris
Dennis G. Lindgron
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. IN 2019 THE STATE LEGISLATURE REQUIRED THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS GET VOTER APPROVAL IF THEY WISH TO INCREASE PROPERTY TAXES BY MORE THAN 3.5%. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
R. Larry Marshall
The state does not care about supporting our great employees that provide services and keep our cities safe. Cities will have to struggle to keep costs low and still provide support to our employees to keep them in the public sector. Small cities will be hurt the most, since they will not have large employers. In the future all cities will face adding more debt for their city to provide the same services and attract private sector.
David G. Morris
Dennis G. Lindgron
5 ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
R. Larry Marshall
David G. Morris
Dennis G. Lindgron

PLACE 5

Who’s Running?

Jim Wilsonhttp://jimwilsonforbenbrook.com/
Email: jim@jimwilsonforbenbrook.com
Carrol Crombie

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Jim Wilson (incumbent)
I consider it a privilege, honor, and great responsibility to serve as a representative of our city. A recognition of the importance of transparency, public involvement, and professional ethical standards by all our government organizations were at the top of my first and current candidacy. These are still critical to our city and at the heart of my desire to continue to serve.

I remain focused on moving our city forward while ensuring we maintain what makes Benbrook our hometown. City Council and a dedicated Staff have strived to get the most from every tax dollar, nowhere is this more evident than in a review of our city buildings: Although the Fire Department building was expanded/renovated a few years ago, the Police Department was built in 1987, City Hall in 1976, and the Vehicle and Parks maintenance buildings in 1971 and 1975. The time has come to scrutinize our facilities and renovate/replace as necessary these facilities for our dedicated city staff and police department personnel.
Considero que es un privilegio, un honor y una gran responsabilidad servir como representante de nuestra ciudad. El reconocimiento de la importancia de la transparencia, la participación del público y los estándares éticos profesionales por parte de todas nuestras organizaciones gubernamentales estuvieron en la cima de mi primera y actual candidatura. Estos siguen siendo críticos para nuestra ciudad y están en el corazón de mi deseo de continuar sirviendo.

Sigo enfocado en hacer avanzar nuestra ciudad mientras me aseguro de mantener lo que hace de Benbrook nuestra ciudad natal. El Ayuntamiento y un personal dedicado se han esforzado por aprovechar al máximo cada dólar de impuestos, en ningún lugar esto es más evidente que en una revisión de los edificios de nuestra ciudad: aunque el edificio del Departamento de Bomberos fue ampliado / renovado hace unos años, el Departamento de Policía fue construido en 1987, el Ayuntamiento en 1976, y los edificios de mantenimiento de Vehículos y Parques en 1971 y 1975. Ha llegado el momento de examinar nuestras instalaciones y renovar / reemplazar según sea necesario estas instalaciones para nuestro personal dedicado de la ciudad y el personal del departamento de policía.
Carrol Crombie
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Jim Wilson (incumbent)
I traveled the world for 20 years as an enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force. My service was highlighted with the challenges and rewards of leadership and team building. Those experiences and leadership training have provided me a solid foundation to work with others while providing goal oriented leadership. Community involvement as part of the American Diabetes Association, Planning & Zonning Commission, Regional Transportation Council, and City Council have further added understanding and education I utilize daily.

My earliest action upon election to City Council was to request all City Council, Board, and Commission meetings be video recorded for the public. Each is now available via the internet. Benbrook now has an active Facebook and Twitter account, quarterly mailed newsletters, and updates in the local newspaper. I continue to walk door-2-door every year regardless of opponent or not. Conversely, while my opponent deserves thanks for voluntary service on the city's Economic Development Corporation as its chair a decade ago, his service revealed failed leadership. The EDC of that period pushed back citizen requests of video recorded meetings and allowed the hiring of staff family members for tax funded projects (against City Charter and clearly ethically questionable).
Viajé por el mundo durante 20 años como miembro alistado de la Fuerza Aérea de los EE. UU. Mi servicio se destacó con los desafíos y recompensas del liderazgo y la formación de equipos. Esas experiencias y capacitación en liderazgo me han proporcionado una base sólida para trabajar con otros al tiempo que proporcionan liderazgo orientado a objetivos. La participación de la comunidad como parte de la Asociación Americana de Diabetes, la Comisión de Planificación y Zonificación, el Consejo de Transporte Regional y el Consejo de la Ciudad han agregado aún más la comprensión y la educación que utilizo a diario.

Mi primera acción después de la elección para el Concejo Municipal fue solicitar que todas las reuniones del Concejo Municipal, la Junta y la Comisión se graben en video para el público. Cada uno está ahora disponible a través de internet. Benbrook ahora tiene una cuenta activa en Facebook y Twitter, boletines trimestrales enviados por correo y actualizaciones en el periódico local. Sigo caminando puerta a puerta todos los años, independientemente de mi oponente o no. Por el contrario, aunque mi oponente merece gracias por el servicio voluntario en la Corporación de Desarrollo Económico de la ciudad como presidente hace una década, su servicio reveló un liderazgo fallido. El EDC de ese período rechazó las solicitudes de los ciudadanos de reuniones grabadas en video y permitió la contratación de miembros del personal de la familia para proyectos financiados con impuestos (en contra de los Estatutos de la Ciudad y claramente éticamente cuestionables).
Carrol Crombie
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?
Jim Wilson (incumbent)
Our city's primary tax revenue comes from property tax. The upside of this- these values typically remain more stable than others. The downside of course, when not carefully monitored, property tax can place an unfair burden on property owners (residential, multi-family, and business).

Our city and Economic Development Corporation (EDC) continue to work to enhance and support our current businesses as well as encourage new and/or re-development. These actions are important to increase our city's tax revenue balance.

Past, current, and I will work to ensure future budget considerations continue to maintain the highest level of respect for every tax dollar- recognizing each is our citizen's. We always focus first on the mission- police, fire, emergency response, roads, waste collection, property values, and careful/efficient use of each dollar. Quality of life, recreational opportunities, and increased amenities are very important but, the mission is always the first order of any budget consideration.

My belief is simple; all revenue garnered by the Benbrook government regardless of its original source is the property of our citizens. I will always view each hard-earned tax dollar with every citizen in mind and apply the absolute respect each deserves.
Los ingresos fiscales primarios de nuestra ciudad provienen del impuesto a la propiedad. La ventaja de esto: estos valores suelen permanecer más estables que otros. La desventaja, por supuesto, cuando no se controla cuidadosamente, el impuesto a la propiedad puede imponer una carga injusta a los propietarios (residenciales, multifamiliares y comerciales).

Nuestra Corporación de Desarrollo Económico y de la ciudad (EDC) continúa trabajando para mejorar y apoyar nuestros negocios actuales, así como para fomentar nuevos y / o re-desarrollos. Estas acciones son importantes para aumentar el saldo de ingresos fiscales de nuestra ciudad.

El pasado, el presente y yo trabajaremos para garantizar que las futuras consideraciones presupuestarias continúen manteniendo el más alto nivel de respeto por cada dólar de impuestos, reconociendo que cada uno es de nuestros ciudadanos. Siempre nos enfocamos primero en la misión: policía, bomberos, respuesta a emergencias, carreteras, recolección de desechos, valores de propiedad y uso cuidadoso / eficiente de cada dólar. La calidad de vida, las oportunidades recreativas y el aumento de las comodidades son muy importantes, pero la misión es siempre el primer orden de cualquier consideración presupuestaria.

Mi creencia es simple; Todos los ingresos recaudados por el gobierno de Benbrook, independientemente de su fuente original, son propiedad de nuestros ciudadanos. Siempre veré cada dólar de impuestos duramente ganado con cada ciudadano en mente y aplicaré el respeto absoluto que cada uno merece.
Carrol Crombie
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. IN 2019 THE STATE LEGISLATURE REQUIRED THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS GET VOTER APPROVAL IF THEY WISH TO INCREASE PROPERTY TAXES BY MORE THAN 3.5%. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
Jim Wilson (incumbent)
The City of Benbrook has been, and will remain fiscally conservative- always providing the greatest level of respect for each tax dollar. Utilizing significant forward planning, Benbrook has accomplished numerous capital projects during the last several years- each planned ahead and paid for through cash, not increased debt. This continuing process greatly reduces the difficulty of the newly established 2019 State Legislature constraints.

Certainly the new 3.5 percent constraints require greater focus on both near- and long-term plans. A figure of 3.5 percent can easily be exceed by costs outside the city's control due to double digit health care cost increases, important cost-of-living pay increases for a dedicated staff, police, and fire department, or unplanned replacement of costly equipment/infrastructure. While an increased level of review and planning is required, I feel confident our outstanding city staff and previous focus on "mission" first provide the City of Benbrook solid standing to successfully meet the new 3.5 percent constraints.
La ciudad de Benbrook ha sido, y seguirá siendo fiscalmente conservadora, proporcionando siempre el mayor nivel de respeto por cada dólar de impuestos. Utilizando una importante planificación anticipada, Benbrook ha llevado a cabo numerosos proyectos de capital durante los últimos años, cada uno planeado con anticipación y pagado en efectivo, no con una deuda mayor. Este proceso continuo reduce en gran medida la dificultad de las restricciones de la Legislatura estatal de 2019 recién establecidas.

Ciertamente, las nuevas limitaciones del 3,5 por ciento requieren un mayor enfoque en los planes a corto y largo plazo. Una cifra del 3.5 por ciento se puede superar fácilmente por costos fuera del control de la ciudad debido a aumentos en los costos de atención médica de dos dígitos, aumentos importantes en el pago del costo de vida para un departamento dedicado de personal, policía y bomberos, o reemplazo no planeado de equipo costoso / infraestructura. Si bien se requiere un mayor nivel de revisión y planificación, me siento confiado de que nuestro excelente personal de la ciudad y nuestro enfoque previo en la "misión" proporcionan primero a la Ciudad de Benbrook una posición sólida para cumplir con éxito las nuevas limitaciones del 3.5 por ciento.
Carrol Crombie
5 ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Jim Wilson (incumbent)
I would like to thank my friends, neighbors, and fellow Benbrook residents for their trust and support throughout my previous terms as your Benbrook Place 5 representative. From the very first meeting I have recognized the responsibility and honor- I thank you for the privilege.

The time has come to vote your preference for your representative for the next two years. Regardless of your preference, I urge you to vote. Your voice and participation are key in guiding our community to even greater levels while maintaining it as our hometown.
Carrol Crombie

PLACE 7

Who’s Running?

Jason Ward