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COMPILED BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN
Shenandoah City Council, Position 1
How do your experiences qualify you to serve?
By using federal [American Rescue Plan Act] funds the city approved a project to install water and sewer infrastructure on Tamina Road outside the current city limits. Coupled with the future David Memorial [Drive] ex- tension to [Hwy.] 242, both of these projects will create more opportunities for future development on the east side of the city. Revitalization and rehabilitation projects within the residential and commercial areas should also be a priority. How do you feel the city should prioritize its land use? Land use is contingent on us executing our CIP. Our redevelopment corridor is depen- dent on drainage improvements. Our biggest opportunity is our [extraterritorial jurisdic- tion] with Tamina. However, the ETJ requires a full slate of infrastructure improvements including water, sewer, drainage, road im- provements and upgrades to our wastewater plant. Fortunately, our vision included an impact fee structure where developers must share the costs of these improvements.
Occupation: senior loan ocer Relevant experience: Served on previous city councils, marriage counselor, former pastor 832-326-0708 https://votegaryhenson.com GARY K HENSON
If elected or re-elected to City Council, what will your priorities be? My priorities as council member for the city are to manage city nance as our residents are managing theirs; [to] adjust spending habits to deal with rising costs of necessary expenses like fuel and property taxes; to give back to the residents via tax reductions or rebate; to support our rst responders and all sta members; [and] to treat every resident with dignity and respect, not just those who agree with me. [To] continue delivering our residents the lowest property taxes and water rates in Montgomery County. We’ve maintained a $0.1799 tax rate for four years [and] reduced ad valorem debt 31%. The quality of life in Shenandoah is exceptional, but so is the plan- ning and restraint we’ve exercised—especially during ... COVID[-19]. We’ve designed four major mobility projects: three at I45 and Re- search [Forest]; plus David Memorial [Drive] connecting to Hwy. 242.
My previous experience as a City Council member is a huge asset, but more so my ability to listen to people, to agree to dis- agree, to seek truth over politics and to rise above the noise to take action that makes a dierence most qualies me to serve our residents. I don’t have a personal agenda against any individual. I simply want to make this the best place to live, work and play for all our residents and business owners. My project management skills have inu- enced the planning of capital improvements. We developed our rst ve- and 10-year capital improvement plans. We’ve saved signicant taxpayer dollars through our CIPs. Being on City Council for six years is invalu- able—I’ve helped streamline our budget process. ... Additionally, our sta has trans- formed into a culture seeking continuous process improvements—saving tax dollars.
Occupation: 30 years corporate/public proj- ect management Relevant experience: Three terms on City Council; director, Mu- nicipal Development RON RAYMAKER
District; Shenandoah Audit Committee; Shenandoah Investment Committee www.raymakerforshenandoah.com
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