It’s hard to believe that September is in our rear view mirror and we are heading into fall! Town Hall has been very busy the last couple of months working on major projects.
At the September 22nd Council meeting, the Council unanimously approved a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2015. The Council also unanimously voted to adopt a tax rate of $0.3975 per $100 of valuation, the same tax rate for the past five years. I would like to thank our Town Manager, Paul Frederiksen, and our Finance Director, Kim Collins, for all of their hard work.
Also at the September 22nd meeting, the Council held a public hearing for a zoning change for the Highlands of Argyle. The Council first saw the proposed development in the summer of 2014. Since that time, the developer has worked to bring the proposal into compliance with the Town’s comprehensive plan.
The Town Council heard from many individuals that were both for and against the proposal. Many of the people speaking against the development had concerns regarding the impact to our schools. In research prior to the meeting, it was determined that the Town of Argyle represents only 5% of new growth in the school district and, by approving the Highlands of Argyle, that number would increase to 8%. Much of the surrounding development impacting the school district is not located within the Town which means our Council has no control over it. Councilmembers also pointed out the need for the Town to manage the growth rather than being managed by it. After deliberation, the Town Council voted to approve the zoning change.
By the time you read this, the Town will have finished it’s submittal for a park grant to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. If awarded, the grant will fund the renovation and improvements to the park and ballfield facilities at Argyle Intermediate School. We expect the grant review process to take approximately six months.
On October 6th, the Argyle Police Department will be hosting National Night Out at Town Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Festival on Saturday, December 5th!