|1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?|
My first focus is to get bureaucracy out of the way of business growth and development. We have spent a decade trying to clean up our cities image to entice developers and that time has finally arrived. Secondly, we need to raise revenue or the sales tax base to prevent our city from going into the red by 2021. The current council has put us on the road to bankruptcy to fulfill campaign promises. This is mismanagement and a dangerous road that we have started to walk. Third, I will continue to promote a project I started while serving on the Park’s Board. The planning for a sports complex in Kennedale. This will allow us to hold tournaments at the baseball fields and have the park maintenance be self-funding. Fifth, I will continue to Direct community functions to inspire unity. I created Kennedale’s Concert in the Park to support the local food bank and I am looking forward to moving this to an all-day event. Lastly, Our police department needs another officer immediately. On most nights during the week, we have 2 officers on staff. If one of those officers makes an arrest, then that leaves us one officer.
|Mi primer enfoque es sacar a la burocracia del crecimiento y desarrollo de las empresas. Hemos pasado una década tratando de limpiar la imagen de nuestras ciudades para atraer a los desarrolladores y ese momento finalmente ha llegado. En segundo lugar, necesitamos aumentar los ingresos o la base impositiva sobre las ventas para evitar que nuestra ciudad entre en números rojos para 2021. El consejo actual nos ha puesto en el camino a la bancarrota para cumplir las promesas de la campaña. Esto es mala gestión y un camino peligroso que hemos empezado a caminar. Tercero, continuaré promoviendo un proyecto que comencé mientras prestaba servicio en la Junta del Parque. La planificación de un complejo deportivo en Kennedale. Esto nos permitirá realizar torneos en los campos de béisbol y hacer que el mantenimiento del parque se autofinancie. Quinto, continuaré dirigiendo las funciones de la comunidad para inspirar la unidad. Creé el Concierto en el Parque de Kennedale para apoyar al banco local de alimentos y estoy ansioso por pasar esto a un evento de todo el día. Por último, nuestro departamento de policía necesita otro oficial inmediatamente. La mayoría de las noches durante la semana, tenemos 2 oficiales.|
|2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?|
I have served Kennedale for 10 years. I have served the county, the State of Texas, and The United States on boards and committees. I am the most qualified candidate and I have more knowledge of what has been going on with the city’s plan.
Local Small Business Owner
Former Ambassador and long-time Member of the Chamber of Commerce
Guest Speaker for Events all over the world for Technology Expertise
Founder, Arlington’s Teen Court
Kennedale’s Art & Culture Board Member (1 term) 100% Attendance
Kennedale’s Park Board Member (Current, 3 terms) 100% Attendance
Kennedale’s BBB/BOA Member (Current, 4 terms) 100% Attendance
Member of Kennedale’s Historic Society
Director & Sergeant-in-Arms for Kennedale’s Rotary Club
Hispanic Advisory Committee for Congressman Joe Barton
Future Advisory Committee for Congressman Ron Wright
Delegate for the Texas Republican Convention SD10
Founder/Director of Kennedale’s Concert in the Park (Current, 3 years)
Director of Entertainment for Kennedale’s Art in the Park (2 terms)
Parade Director for Kennedale’s Texas Independence Day Parade (5 Years)
Director of Parking Logistics for Colonial Golf Tournament (8 years)
Teacher for Kennedale’s Senior Citizen Class for Computers
Blue Banquet Sponsor for 2019
Broken Arrow Boyscout
|He servido a Kennedale por 10 años. He servido al condado, al estado de Texas y a los Estados Unidos en juntas y comités. Soy el candidato más calificado y tengo más conocimiento de lo que está sucediendo con el plan de la ciudad. Propietario de una pequeña empresa local Ex embajador y antiguo miembro de la Cámara de Comercio. Ponente invitado para eventos en todo el mundo para expertos en tecnología Fundador de la Corte de Adolescentes de Arlington Miembro de la Junta de Arte y Cultura de Kennedale (1 período) 100% de asistencia Miembro de la Junta de Kennedale’s Park (actual, 3 términos) 100% de asistencia Miembro de BBB / BOA de Kennedale (actual, 4 términos) Asistencia 100% Miembro de la Sociedad Histórica de Kennedale Director y Sargento de Armas del Club Rotario de Kennedale Comité Asesor Hispano para el Congresista Joe Barton Futuro Comité Asesor para el Congresista Ron Wright Delegado para la Convención Republicana de Texas SD10 Fundador / Director del Concierto de Kennedale en el parque (actual, 3 años) Director de Entretenimiento para el Arte en el Parque de Kennedale (2 términos) Director del desfile para el desfile del día de la independencia de Texas|
|3. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE FAIREST WAY TO BALANCE THE TAX BURDEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY BETWEEN RESIDENTS, PROPERTY OWNERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND LARGER EMPLOYERS?|
Our only path to not raising the property tax is to allow development of retail space while also allowing more rooftops to be built in Kennedale. We are a property tax based city and it is NOT ENOUGH! We need retail space and more importantly, we need citizens to shop in Kennedale. If I am elected, I will champion a Shop in Kennedale day to promote local businesses.
|Nuestro único camino para no aumentar el impuesto a la propiedad es permitir el desarrollo de espacios comerciales y, al mismo tiempo, permitir que se construyan más techos en Kennedale. Somos una ciudad basada en impuestos a la propiedad y no es suficiente! Necesitamos espacio comercial y, lo que es más importante, necesitamos que los ciudadanos compren en Kennedale. Si soy elegido, defenderé una tienda en el día de Kennedale para promover negocios locales.|
|4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?|
From my understanding, the percent will be closer to 4% and will not affect smaller towns like ourselves. However, the Council should address this by creating a positive environment for the development of retail space and new housing. This will allow us to switch to a more retail-based budget. We must take advantage of the growth DFW is experiencing right now.
|A mi entender, el porcentaje estará más cerca del 4% y no afectará a las ciudades más pequeñas como nosotros. Sin embargo, el Consejo debe abordar esto creando un ambiente positivo para el desarrollo del espacio comercial y las nuevas viviendas. Esto nos permitirá cambiar a un presupuesto más minorista. Debemos aprovechar el crecimiento que DFW está experimentando en este momento.|
|5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?|
I have been a selfless servant to Kennedale for almost a decade. We need to get Kennedale back on track and stop this divisiveness. Growth is finally here for our city and if we want our city to prosper, we must get on board. To increase amenities the City needs a budget. To have a proper budget that is not leveraged against property owners, we must have retail and entertainment space. I have fought hard for the last 10 years to give a voice to the people. I am asking you to join my voice and give me a bigger voice this May 4th by voting for me, Jeff Nevarez City Council Place 1.
This is my response to the Kennedale Observer’s Questions.
Village at Hammack Creek – please respond by March 19, 2019
During December, January, and February the council had on its agenda four times to decide whether or not to give a resolution of support for the Hammack Creek low-income apartments. How would/did you vote and why?
The purposed 50 million dollar project to bring Retail, Restaurant, Living Space and Office space to our Downtown area is exciting news. I was dismayed at the Council’s insistence in playing politics, with this matter. We have been trying to clean up Kennedale’s image for over a decade and a half, to bring developments into our town. Now that we are in a great place in our process, that is now enticing new development, we are shutting the door in developer’s faces. As a small business owner in Kennedale, we need to court developers. Even if we decide it isn’t the best fit for our town. We can, at any time, say no to this development. To do this, at this point in their process, is suicide for future developments. If we waste developer’s time and investments, other developers will not even attempt, to grow, our community. Get the bureaucracy out of the way, let our process work (committees), and then decide.
Urban Village Zoning – please respond by March 26, 2019
Currently, on the books (Unified Development Code), there is an Urban Village Zoning. What are your feelings about this zoning? Why?
Twice, the city has reached out to the community to get our opinions. Each time, I have stated that I am not a fan of multi-use development. However, a point that was presented to me, by Melissa (from the city), that I cannot ignore, or counter argue. Her point is that it might not be our personal choice but it is the choice of a lot of people moving to the area, millennials, and elderly. I cannot dispute this point. The next generation of home/business buyers is eating these types of developments up. With the correct zoning, we can keep the balance of what the market wants and the small town we all desire.
Land Use Study – please respond by April 2, 2019
Last summer, city staff did a land use study on numerous dates. What are your opinions about this study? Why?
I was happy to hear that the city wanted to gather the input from the public. This is the second time in 10 years that this was done. Not, much has changed. The people wanted better roads, more amenities, more restaurants. The People want growth.
Communications – please respond by April 9, 2019
If a constituent e-mails you a question or comment on an issue where you disagree and asks you for a response, will you respond to the constituent? Why or why not?
I am a firm believer in the ideals of Justice. I have a background in law, and one of the things that is presented is that: “Men in good conscious will have conflict, and both sides must be represented in good faith.” This is how progress works. I am willing to talk to anyone, 24/7. My personal cell is 8177916698. I will always listen to anyone’s ideas. Bring your points, your argument, and be ready for a rebuttal.
Issue – please respond by April 16, 2019
What is the most important issue the city council is facing? Why?
Currently, our most important issue is our impending red line on the budget. Our city finance director is predicting that we will be in the red by 2021 if something doesn’t give. We want better roads, better parks, better paid Fireman, more Policeman but we have no sustainability. We reduce revenue and taxes and then vote to increase budgets. We say we need retail space and then vote against new businesses and developments. Something needs to give. My goal is to get bureaucracy out of the way and let the free market do its job. For the next two years, we need to increase revenue to soften the blow that is coming. If we want our cake and eat it too, we must consider, that the City must have revenue to create and fulfill the desires of the people. Currently, our Youth Baseball League cannot practice on our own fields and has gone to Arlington. For the simple reason of lack of budget for our parks. Our Police Department has two officers on most nights. There must be at least three to be effective. Our Fireman and our city staff are underpaid, we need to increase their pay to balance their cost of living and increases in their Health Insurance cost. We must address the budget for the future and not for the short term.
The People’s Champ!
My name is Jeff Nevarez and I am running for City Council Place 1. For ten years, I have served this community selflessly. You have asked for true leadership, and I am answering your call. Kennedale is the best town in Texas, not because of the small town feel but because of the people.
I am a UTA graduate and owner of TechXperts.guru. I have a lovely wife and 3 lovely daughters. I have lived in Kennedale since 2006 and I have served this community since 2009. I am a firm believer in servitude to one’s church, community, and family. When I am not volunteering in Kennedale, Tarrant County, Texas, and the United States, I enjoy watching re-runs of Star Trek (all of them). I am a 3rd Generation Deep Sea Fisherman and enjoy fishing, when I can get to the ocean.
Proven Leadership and Community Service
- Local Small Business Owner
- Former Ambassador and long-time Member of the Chamber of Commerce
- Guest Speaker for Events all over the world for Technology Expertise
- Founder, Arlington’s Teen Court
- Kennedale’s Art & Culture Board Member (1 term) 100% Attendance
- Kennedale’s Park Board Member (Current, 3 terms) 100% Attendance
- Kennedale’s BBB/BOA Member (Current, 4 terms) 100% Attendance
- Member of Kennedale’s Historic Society
- Director & Sergeant-in-Arms for Kennedale’s Rotary Club
- Hispanic Advisory Committee for Congressman Joe Barton
- Future Advisory Committee for Congressman Ron Wright
- Delegate for the Texas Republican Convention SD10
- Founder/Director of Kennedale’s Concert in the Park (Current, 3 years)
- Director of Entertainment for Kennedale’s Art in the Park (2 terms)
- Parade Director for Kennedale’s Texas Independence Day Parade (5 Years)
- Director of Parking Logistics for Colonial Golf Tournament (8 years)
- UTA Alumni
- Teacher for Kennedale’s Senior Citizen Class for Computers
- Blue Banquet Sponsor for 2019
- Broken Arrow Boyscout
Focus on Growth
My goal is to get the bureaucracy out of the way of growth for our city. The growth is here, now. We have been preparing for over a decade to clean up our city’s image, to bring in new developments. That time is here.
I have been on the front line of community events for the last decade. To have a healthy community, we need to have community events. Especially in a small town. I find a direct correlation between events being canceled and our current state of division within the city. That is why I created the Concert in the Park to support our Local Foodbank. My plan was to bring our neighbors together with an event that has a righteous goal. I am excited that each year this event has grown, and we have great plans with it this year. I will encourage and promote groups that want to host community events.
I have been privileged to serve on the Park’s Board for many years. One initiative that I am proud of is bringing the lack of Park’s funds to the attention of both the board and the current council. I have utilized potential Eagle Scouts Projects to enhance our Parks but, more importantly, brought the attention of a lack of budget for the upkeep and improvements to Sanora Park and its baseball fields. Moving forward we need to have a bond to create a sports complex in Kennedale to support local youth activities. By doing this, we can hold tournaments in our fields. Tournaments will create revenue for the park’s maintenance. If I become your representative, I will champion a public bond election to cover this (and other) Park improvement projects.
I truly believe we have a safe community. That is because of our Police Department. However, in 2008 budget cuts required KPD to release two officers. This has caused a problem to the stress of our on-duty police. On most nights of the week, we have two officers on duty. For Officer’s safety, it takes two officers to address suspicion of crimes during a traffic stop. That leaves zero on patrol. This is also a problem if one of those police officers has to do a drop-off at a Jail or a Mental Health facility. To complete these tasks, an Officer must leave the city limits, leaving only one officer on duty. Another scenario would be a traffic wreck or incident on the Kennedale Parkway. You would need 2 officers to control traffic and the scene, leaving zero on patrol. I have spoken to both the Police Chief and Captain, and they have explained the need for 1-3 officers. If I am elected, I will champion the immediate hiring of 1 officer, with the hopes of scaling the other two the following years.
This leads me to the budget. According to the Finance Director of Kennedale, we are in deficit spending. The projection, if we stay on this course, is that we will be in the red by 2021. In the last two years, the council has reduced revenue and dramatically reduced property taxes leading to the cause of this conundrum. As your representative, I will encourage development of Retail Shops to improve Tax Revenue for the city. I will support removing bureaucracy out of the way of small business growth for our area. This will alleviate the burden to the landowners of Kennedale. The city must have an adequate budget to function and provide the services that we all want. We all want superior parks, improved roads, focused growth, and community events. By increasing revenue for the city, we can rely less on debt to accomplish this.
Vote For The People’s Champ
I have participated for over 10 years in the conversation of the direction of the city. Through my hard work, dedication and love for my community, I have brought together different groups to accomplish huge goals. I am asking you to give me a bigger voice and vote for me this May. I run a 24/7 business, you may contact me directly by my cell anytime. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, I am your humble servant.
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,”