Second, how much income might be derived from these households if they are added to the city’s rolls to help offset those costs. Within a few days after that workshop, we had the answers. Commissioner Renfro gave his assurance that prior to any annexation, the county would bring all county roads to be annexed up to county standards. Furthermore, we were able to determine the approximate costs associated with road maintenance. We contacted utility companies to determine possible income from franchise fees.
Each time a customer pays a bill to a utility company, that company pays a franchise fee to the city. For those who live outside of Annetta, that income is “left on the table.” So, even though those families use Annetta-owned water and drive across Annetta maintained streets, Annetta doesn’t collect the franchise fees from their utility companies.
We determined that the increased franchise fee income from the annexation should increase income to Annetta by approximately 50 percent over the amount now collected annually. This would cover any increase in road repair expenses.
These questions, raised at the workshop, are exactly the kind of benefit that comes from the public hearing process. I support the annexation of these families. They are our water customers and our neighbors. They contribute to our schools and our community. Clearly, they will bring many added benefits to Annetta.
Why do you believe you are the best candidate for the position? What separates you from your opponent?
I have lived in the same home here for 24 years. I raised both my sons here in the Aledo school district and my wife and I have been active in the community. I decided to run for the city council two years ago because I wanted to represent my friends and neighbors, and to help make the best decisions possible for the entire community. I am not a politician. I’m a husband, a father and a businessman. I care about my community and it has been a privilege to serve.