|Job description||The Council is the city’s governing body. Term is three years.|
|Duties||Enacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
|Annual salary||Unpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.|
|Meetings||First and third Monday of the month, with work sessions scheduled as needed on the third Thursday of the month.|
|David Johnson||Website: https://fmarc.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/David_Johnson_Bio_wPic.pdf
|Sandeep Sharma (incumbent)||Website: http://engageourtown.org
Recent News Articles
- “David Johnson Running for Flower Mound Council” The Cross Timbers Gazette (March 10, 2020) https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2020/03/10/weir-david-johnson-running-for-flower-mound-council/
- “Sandeep Sharma Running for Re-Election on Town Council” The Cross Timbers Gazette, (January 30, 2020) https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2020/01/30/weir-sandeep-sharma-running-for-re-election-on-town-council/
- “Sharma to Seek Re-Election for Flower Mound Council,” Star Local Media (January 27, 2020), https://starlocalmedia.com/theleader/news/sharma-to-seek-re-election-for-flower-mound-council/article_cf35f174-4126-11ea-b271-5f21b1c940af.html
- “Johnson Announces Early His Plans to Run for Flower Mound Council”, Star Local Media (September 17, 2019), https://starlocalmedia.com/theleader/news/johnson-announces-early-his-plans-to-run-for-flower-mound-council/article_07c4dcf0-d983-11e9-b3a7-1b360f6be644.html
|1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?|
The Town had been losing its appeal, when I decided to run and won last time.
During my current term, I continued to be the voice of people of Flower Mound, listening, engaging with residents, and delivering on my promises. We made progress in what we achieved and what, thankfully, prevented from happening.
One of my major achievements was to push for and vote for reduction in property tax rate. I also voted for residential homestead tax exemption, providing tax relief.
I am proud to say that I helped reduce the expenditures by more than a $1 million during the 2019-2020 budget exercise, and still keeping it under control for 2020-2021.
I have been very vocal in my opposition to Lakeside TIRZ. Hence, we were able to successfully remove the TIRZ discussion from the table, which would have, otherwise, cost tax-payers heavily.
I have consistently led the discussions and voted to comply with our Master Plan Amendment, and to preserve our tree canopy.
I am re-running because we need a Council Member who will be the main proponent of residents’ wants and needs on items that have major impact on quality of residents’ lives and property value of their homes.
|2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?|
I am already taking positive action on the following three most important items, and the best part is that it doesn’t need money to advance, but actually generates more revenue.
Support Low Density and Responsible Growth. Flower Mound has a wonderful Master Plan and an enviable SMARTGrowth Program.
The residential and commercial developments need to follow that for balanced responsible growth.
Town doesn’t need any more high-density residential development, which is creating higher traffic that always moves in one direction.
Town needs right type of commercial projects that will bring people into the Town during the day and help sustain the retail establishments, which in turn will help increase the sales tax revenue.
Enhance Green and Open spaces. If we start holding developers to the Town’s park land dedication requirement and stop waiving cash fees in lieu of land dedication and development fees, we will be able to continue to add parks and trails.
Listen to and Engage with the Residents. Ultimately the biggest stakeholder in the Town, is its residents. I will not let the government work in silo, disengaged from the residents.
|3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?|
We are responsible for the health and the financial well-being of the residents and local businesses. So, an important step is for creating a safe environment for opening up the economy.
It is a delicate balance, but we can manage town expenditures better by being fiscally conservative.
The pandemic will surely lower the town’s revenues.
I know we can prioritize the needs and do more with less. Last year, I was the driver in helping cut property tax rate, and reducing the expenditures by more than a $1 million, by prioritizing the projects, among other things.
I, and the rest of the Town Council, have initiated the process to assess town’s development fees, in relation to our time and material cost. I believe our Town’s fees are less than adequate. I would like us to adjust our fees so that we have adequate funds.
I believe in holding the developers to the Town’s park land dedication requirement and stop waiving cash fees in lieu of land dedication and development fees. This is another revenue source.
I have experience in process re-engineering and will work with the new Town Manager to perform current state assessment and process improvement, to make operations more efficient.
|4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?|
Affordable housing is a very subjective phrase. The entire DFW market has seen an increase in the house prices. Due to the location and charm of Flower Mound, the land is becoming expensive in our Town, and it is not easy to build very low-cost housing.
However, housing developments are completely a market-driven effort and developers do their cost-benefit analysis before proposing any projects. Town Council should review any such proposals within the Town’s Master Plan, SMARTGrowth standards and planning/zoning related ordinances.
|5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?|
I fully support small businesses. Local government should encourage new small businesses, but at the same time have the responsibility to help in sustaining existing local businesses.
One of the key ways, I know local government can help is by encouraging right type of commercial developments that will bring people into the Town to work during the day and help sustain the retail establishments.
|6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?|
I want to start with the fact that our Town and Police Department take pride in being on our residents’ side, and are dedicated to serving all citizens equally.
Flower Mound is the safest city in Texas among cities with populations of at least 50,000. The number of reported crimes in Flower Mound has dropped every year in recent years.
We are not a major city in the DFW-Denton metro, which helps, and I will work to make sure it stays that way. At the same time, I understand that as the Town grows, we will have to keep our fingers on the pulse, and not lose the edge we have in this regard.
During every budget cycle, I look at the budget carefully with regards to the needs of every department and keeping a balanced budget.
At this time, I am inclined to keep the funding at the same level for law enforcement and public safety.
|7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?|
The vision of Flower Mound is to preserve our unique country atmosphere, heritage, and quality of life while cultivating a dynamic economic environment. By continuing to meet this vision, the residents of the Town will have a high quality of life.
I have been fiscally responsible and the main proponent of cutting property tax rate, our expenses, and avoiding debt. During our budget process, my opponent was in opposition to my efforts.
I have consistently been residents’ voice and looking after town’s interest, whereas my opponent has often sided with the developers, at town’s expense.
I voted against and prevented apartments/multi-family residential developments, while encouraging and approving more commercial/Class-A offices.
My opponent favors and has voted to recommend apartments while on Planning & Zoning.
Flower Mound has a wonderful Master Plan and an enviable SMARTGrowth Program that I totally believe in, while my opponent supports aggressive growth.
My opponent supports public transport in town, but I firmly believe that Flower Mound doesn’t want it or need it.
I have fully adhered to my promises during my current term on the Town Council. Last thing, we want to do is to undo the progress we have made in last 2+ years.