Frisco City Council Elections.

This post is mostly for residents of Frisco, Texas. If you don’t live there, feel free to disregard this post. If you  don’t live there and still want to read this, more power to you.

As evidenced by the barrage of election signs on the sides of Dallas Parkway, there is  citywide election coming up on 8 May in Frisco. Elections for Places 2 and 4 will be decided along with some other propositions which can be found in detail here. Though many believe local elections to be useless, I’d like to make an appeal to you to look at the candidates and propositions and make a decision, and more importantly, go vote on 8 May. If you’re not eighteen, pester your parents to go vote. First, I’d like to educate you on the Arts of Collin County project because it plays a crucial role in this election. Below that, I’ll make my endorsements for candidates and votes on the propositions.

Disclaimer: John Keating lives on my street at home. This has not affected my decision in the race for Place 4 in any way.

Arts of Collin County Project
The ACC project was originally introduced to the Frisco citizens on a ballot in 2002, and it passed. However, since the 2002 vote, the story has changed.  Originally, it was a 4-city project between Frisco, Allen, Plano and McKinney.  A few years ago, McKinney put it up for vote and McKinney’s citizens said no.  Now, it’s a 3-city project.  Our city leaders explicitly said they would never support the project if all cities didn’t move forward together.  Also, the projected cost has increased almost three times since 2002.

Now that McKinney has backed out, the project funding is $19 million short, and the other three cities are expected to pick up the slack, because our Mayor and some of the councilmen want to go ahead and sell the bonds necessary to start in on this project, going back on the promise they made to abandon the project if one of the other cities backed out.

Place 2: Jeff Cheney

I’m endorsing Jeff Cheney, the incumbent, for Place 2. He’s campaigning on a platform of economic development and tourism. He’s a fiscal conservative and wants to raise revenue by taxing tourists rather than residents. He’s also one of the current councilmen against the Arts of Collin County project, a position which neither of his opponents can boast.

Place 4: John Keating

John Keating is a small business owner in Frisco who’s campaigning on a platform of lower taxes and is against the ACC. He differs very little from the incumbent, David Prince. However, David Prince is specifically interested in stopping a supposed drug problem in Frisco, which I believe is a waste of city resources and should take a backseat to real issues of fiscal policy (or really, it’s an issue that needs to get out of the car entirely).

Proposition One: Yes

This one’s pretty simple; it’s a cleaning-up of our city charter. No reason not to get rid of obsolete provisions and correct bad grammar!

Proposition Two: Yes

This one is also pretty simple. Do you want our city elections to conform to state and federal elections laws? I do.

Proposition Three: Yes

This proposition concerns term-limits, of which I am an ardent opponent. A basic tenet of democracy is the selection of one’s politicians. Why establish term limits? You, the voter, are the term limit. If a councilman breaks his promises, vote him out. If he does what he said he’d do during the campaign and his ideas are good, why limit him to two terms? Pat Fallon is an excellent example of this. I worked on his campaign for a short while and believe that he will be reelected until he decides to stop running. He has consistently voted in the interests of the taxpayers and is good for the city. Why should I be forced to pick someone else if he’s still the best man for the job? This being said, apparently there are already term limits. This proposition lets councilmen and mayors serve three consecutive terms rather than two, so it gets a yes from me.

Proposition Four: No

This one concerns the appointment of the City Secretary. Currently, the Council appoints the Secretary, but under this proposition, the City Manager would receive this power. I’m for spreading the power around to as many people as possible when it comes to appointments. I’m sure that our current City Manager, George Purefoy, is a good man, but I’d rather as many elected officials be involved in appointments as possible. This would decrease the likelihood of corruption or collusion in the government.

Proposition Five: Yes

This proposition lets the council hold one meeting a month for two months of the year. Fewer meetings means less money spent. If there’s a real pressing issue, they can call another meeting.

Proposition Six: Yes

The number of affirmative votes on an issue would be counted against the total number of votes, not just the number of votes present and voting at that meeting. Everyone’s represented this way.

Proposition Seven: Yes

Giving and receiving gifts concerning city employees. This one essentially tries to set out rules concerning this issue.

Proposition Eight: Yes

If you want to run for City Council, you have to be eighteen. I think this is fair, considering that you have to be eighteen to vote.

Proposition Nine: Yes

This clarifies the number of signatures one must receive on a ballot petition to say that it must be at least thirty percent of the number of people that voted in the last mayoral election.

Proposition Ten: No

For the most part, I don’t disagree with this, except for the process. This proposition concerns the Planning and Zoning Commission, namely in structure and such. It’s asking for permission to adopt rules about term limits, appointment and other operational matters through an ordinance. I’d rather people be able to vote on this, especially since zoning is going to be important as Frisco continues to grow.

Proposition Eleven: No

This proposition would prohibit the sale of liquor in residential districts. It’s stupid and useless and rings of the moral high-horse attitude found in Prohibition-era America. Restricting the locations in which alcohol may be sold will do little to curb any sort of drinking problems the residents of Frisco may have.

Proposition Twelve: Yes

This one’s another charter-cleaning proposition.

Proposition Thirteen: Yes

This one clarifies that city employees must only abstain form participating in Mayoral and Council campaigns, not campaigns for other city spots.

Proposition Fourteen: Yes

Clarification of city-employee gift rules. Clarifications are good; they generally allow people to make better-informed choices.

I hope that this helps you make your decisions about the upcoming elections. Please go out and vote, regardless of the candidate for whom you choose to vote.

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