While I have been on the City Council, Bedford has seen:
SALES TAX REVENUE GROWTH
Bedford has enjoyed Sales Tax Revenue Growth through bringing in new businesses such as:
A showcase Movie Tavern, TXI Concrete, a new Adam Smith Harley Davidson showroom, Twisted Root, Applebee’s, Chili’s, Mexican Inn, and others.
LOWERED PROPERTY TAX RATE
Bedford lowered it’s Property Tax Rate 2 out of 3 years (2013 and 2014)
IMPROVED CODE ENFORCEMENT
Bedford has implemented stronger Code Enforcement policies and reconfigured the department in order to ensure stricter standards and greater compliance.
BOYS RANCH IMPROVEMENTS
The City Council/voters approved and completed Phase 1 of the Master Park Plan
CHANGE IN MANAGEMENT
The City Manager’s office was turned over resulting in improving the culture at City Hall and a renewed focus on customer service.
Bedford continues to emphasize improvements to it’s infrastructure. This includes but isn’t limited to the following:
New Water and Sewer construction to open up new areas of town for economic development. Implemented an aggressive Water and Sewer line
replacement program through the use of low interest SWIFT funds to replace aging lines. Performed over $10 million in street improvements without increasing property taxes.
INCREASED ANIMAL SHELTER ADOPTIONS
Improved adoption rates at the Animal Shelter and saved more lives by pushing for the purchase of the Animal Shelter Adoption Trailer entirely through the use of donated funds.
GREATER COMMUNITY INPUT
Bedford began conducting a systematic program to solicit the input of the residents beginning with the 2014 Citizen Survey. The survey helps the City determine how it is doing in key areas of service. It also serves to help the City seek areas where it needs to make improvements. More surveys to come.
WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS AND DIMINISHED RELIANCE ON TRA
Bedford purchases the majority of its water from the Trinity River Authority. The City took steps to reduce its reliance on the TRA by opening up an additional water well in 2015. The City also has increased it water pressure in the northwest part of town by making improvements to existing pump stations.