With the start of a new year and a new decade, now seems the perfect time for resolutions.
To make a resolution achievable, the list needs to identify something specific and with a goal in mind.
After giving it some thought, I’ve created a few resolutions for the New Year that I plan to follow and to achieve.
- My first resolution is to continue our careful oversight of taxpayer (your) money. We’ve kept the property tax rate low and, in fact, in 2019, we adopted the lowest tax rate since 1986! Spending your dollars wisely and ensuring you get your money’s worth in services is important.
- A second resolution is to be even more transparent in government spending. We want you to be able to see where your money goes and how it is being used. Stay tuned on this one for more details.
- In 2020, my plan is to schedule and hold more town hall-type meetings in Precinct 4. We held Precinct 4 updates in 2019 but my hope is to go beyond road and bridge updates and give you more details about what we are doing across the board in Denton County.
- As you know, Denton County is one of the fastest growing in the state and the U.S. With that growth comes both advantages and challenges. One of my goals this year is to consider innovative solutions for dealing with the hyper-growth in our county. We also welcome your input and hope you would share any ideas you might have at one of the town hall meetings or even at the Denton County Commissioners Court meetings on Tuesdays.
- Our first responders across the county continue to put their lives on the line to ensure our safety – whether as a police officer, deputy, constable, firefighter, emergency services personnel, emergency room physician or emergency medical technician. All of us should continue to show our collective support for our first responders as well as our thankfulness for all they do for us each and every day.
- With just over 80 people moving into Denton County every day in addition to the many who pass through our major thoroughfares, transportation is an ongoing issue. My goal in Precinct 4 for 2020 is to create a well-thought-out road maintenance plan to ensure your safety and ease of transportation on our county roads.
- And on that note, to ensure your Precinct 4 roads are handled with the utmost professionalism and care, I resolve to increase training for our Road & Bridge West employees. A well-trained workforce is an important dual use of your tax dollars.
These are just a few of the main goals I have as we start this new decade. Each is an important component to ensuring your county government is efficient, transparent, communicative, looking ahead, supportive, easily traversed and professional.
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