Each year as Mayor, we have lowered the City of DeSoto tax rate and approved a balanced budget for all city operations. Managing your tax dollars is the most important role I have as Mayor – and we have worked tirelessly to manage the finances wisely while also saving the tax payers money on property tax bills. In sum, we have not raised taxes for 8 years, and lowered the tax rate for four (4) straight years and still had a $3 Million budget surplus. Our financial outlook is as strong as it has ever been!
SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATOR
Established first-of-its-kind small business incubator, a public-private partnership servicing a variety of micro businesses ranging from restaurants to a full service fitness/rehabilitation center. The incubator is especially beneficial to women and minority-owned business who rely on a ‘Shop DeSoto First’ mantra to succeed. The vacant property on Belt Line Road was about to become another dollar store – and I could not sit back and allow this to happen. I am proud of this partnership and investment in our entrepreneurs.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVISORY COMMISSION
Created commission to provide tangible recommendations about how to improve the city’s response to violence against victims, with a specific focus on successful interventions with children and teens who are witnesses to and/or victimized by domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault. Our efforts led to a 17% Reduction in Domestic/Family Violence! Overall, crime is down 25%.
EXPANDED COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT
The robust development of our Industrial Park is the envy of Southern Dallas County. Each year, new companies move into our community bringing hundreds of jobs, internships for our students and new tax revenue that helps offset residential property taxes. We have been strategic in purchasing vacant land to control our own development and to make sure that quality is our first priority. It is Time-Out for chicken stores and check cashing – not on my watch!