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So where was I? Oh yeah… This blog has been resurrected, remodeled and renamed, at least temporarily, to take advantage of a rare opportunity. How many times in the last few years have you anguished over government excess? And how many times were you able to do something about it? To rapidly effect real change? […]

Like pigs lining up at the trough, the City of Dallas is formulating a plan to ask for money in the next stimulus bill.  My question to you, will Keller get in line or take a pass?  

From the City’s website: This coming Tuesday, the Council will be voting on the fiscal year 2008-09 budget. Working with our City Manager and his staff, the Council was able to hold the tax rate to its current level while maintaining, and in many instances improving, our level of service to the community. Some highlights […]

From tonight’s agenda: Consider a resolution to consider a proposal to adopt a tax rate that will exceed the lower of the rollback rate or the effective tax rate; calling two (2) public hearings to be held at 7:00 P.M., on September 2, 2008 and September 9, 2008, at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek […]

The proposed budget has been posted on the City’s website. You can peruse it here

UPDATE (12Jul08): The Keller Citizen updated its letters to the editor section (after many months of no updates) late on July 11, 2008, after I posted my original comment below. I’m looking forward to seeing the latest letters appearing online each week when the hardcopy version hits our mailboxes. ———————————– Jim Carson’s letter in the 11 July 2008 […]

A recent article appeared in the Star-Telegram regarding KISD’s legal fees: Penny Benz, assistant superintendent of human resources, said the district’s law firm has been excellent, but school officials want to explore hiring a full-time employee who is a lawyer. It would cost an estimated $150,000 for salary, benefits and an initial department budget, Benz […]

Tuesday night the Keller City Council held a budget workshop. The two dominant topics were funding for the Arts and the city’s personnel costs. Since the election in May, city council members chose to make a policy decision regarding the funding of the Public Arts Board. In the past, the PAB had been funded by […]

The proposed FY2007/2008 is online at the city’s website. The city council’s budget workshop is Saturday, August 18th, 8:30am, and the public is invited.

Today we had our annual City Council Goals Retreat. ‘Retreat’ is a bit of an exaggeration—we retreated all the way to the community room in the Police facility. It’s a day-long session where the council and department heads hash out the goals for next year, from which the budget is developed. The day started with […]

In last Tuesday’s pre-council meeting, we discussed the idea of paying Freese & Nichols $120,000 to create a Master Plan for Old Town Keller and the commercial corridor along US-377 on the North end of town. First let me draw a distinction between private master plans and government master plans. An excellent example of a […]

While using Whitley today on my trip to the cleaners I found it flooded out again. This was my new route to get around the Pate Orr construction.  After my drop off and pick up I drove down to the barricade on Pate Orr to see if anything new had happened.  It looks like they almost have […]