By Steve Dixon
Since stepping into the office of mayor, I’ve been educating myself on the issues coming before Town Council and those on the horizon. I’ve also enjoyed the more fun aspects of the position, such as seeing the great Independence Fest crowd from the main stage on July Fourth.
When I ran for mayor, I did not have a list of things I wanted to change but rather to unify the community, support Town employees, and provide a sense of calm to the Council. I also wanted to make our local government and its processes more efficient by making it easier for residents to participate and by eliminating processes that do not make sense. The way council will do good things is by having a robust discussion, listening to varying viewpoints and then making the best decisions for our Town. I’m aware there will be disagreement on topics, but my goal is to have a respectful conversation, without the drama, so we can get decisions made, make progress, and go back to our lives.
Since taking office, I have also had discussions with Council members, encouraging both teamwork and individuality. Another goal of mine is to foster an environment for Council to bring up any idea they have, regardless what it is. I want the Council to then listen and evaluate those ideas, and determine if they are good ones. I’m sure some of the greatest things in this world started out as a “crazy” idea and examining Council member’s ideas is time well spent.
I also want to hear residents’ ideas. My predecessor, Mayor Tom Hayden, had a regular “Mornings with the Mayor” program so he could meet with residents one-on-one. I’d like to continue with a similar type of program on a quarterly basis, but am still working out the details. My aim is to have an event ready to announce after the new school year starts.
Right now, my focus is on getting through the budget process, staying within the budget, and prioritizing projects and needs that make the most sense for the Town. I plan on looking for potential ways to lower property taxes and ease the tax burden on residents. I was happy to be a part of the 2014 Town Council that lowered the tax rate to the lowest rate in 30 years, which was possible because of all the great new businesses that came to Flower Mound and our commitment to conservative fiscal practices.
I firmly believe we live in the best country in the world, the greatest state in the union, and the finest community in Texas. We’re blessed all the way around, but we always have room for improvement on how we work together to create an even better future for Flower Mound. That’s my mission and I’m honored to be your mayor. If you’d like to reach me, please feel free to contact me at [email protected].