Last year was a great year for the City of Mansfield with many accomplishments and successes. And 2013 is already showing a great deal of promise.
I want to begin by thanking the many citizens who participated in a recent pre-bond election survey and meetings at City Hall. As a Council we have had numerous meetings over many months now with staff trying to assess all of the needs in the many areas of city service delivery.
We have looked at police, fire, streets, parks, library services and leisure services. We have listened to individual suggestions from many of you who have talked to me, other members of council and members of the city staff to express your concerns and champion projects you feel are priorities.
No request has been too great or too small in the early stages as we worked to develop priorities within funding levels. Our financial team is still working on funding analysis to determine financial impacts of various proposals that could be considered.
However in the end, we as council determined that now was not the right time to put these projects before our residents in a bond election. So while there will be no bond election in May, the council and staff will continue to prioritize projects, analyze financial impacts to our budget and our tax rate and watch the local and national economy to determine when might be the right time.
In the meantime, we continue to look for new ways to connect with you and achieve our communication goals: to provide information to residents on city government, city services and city events. The city’s Facebook and Twitter pages were recently launched and will work in conjunction with our award-winning newsletter and our city website to keep you connected to all the municipal news.
And there is a lot happening in Mansfield you need to know about. There’s exciting news on the North Texas Tollway Authority’s agreement with TxDOT to build the toll lanes that will expand Highway 360. After decades of negotiations with legislative and transportation officials in Austin, this important project will happen.
Our economic development activities are finding success as retail and commercial businesses like Sam’s Club are choosing to locate in our city. Spring also means a lot of community activities, from the Pickle Parade and Beautification Day to Mansfield Reads! and Night on the Town. And we want to keep you informed about all of it.
The bond election survey not only provided us with your input on considerations for a future bond election, it also was a clear indication that, as residents, you value communication with those of us at City Hall.