Trophy Club growth goes on

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TROPHY CLUB - Commercial development in 2013 remains a top priority for Trophy Club Mayor Connie White, not only to generate funds but to provide convenience for residents.

"We were able to reduce our taxes this year," White said. "And we're really hoping to develop a commercial tax base and add additional restaurants ... That's something I'm really looking toward doing."

To White, however, town growth is more than just about new places to eat or shop.

"I am most excited about the interest level of participation," she said, recalling last year's growth spurts in participation of government, women's club, garden club, and parks and trail projects.

"We've had so much involvement from citizens," she said. "That's exciting. It's something I have been trying to foster; it's the citizens stepping up and the staff fostering them. It involves the kids too."

The new year could also bring about a shift in boards, with a special election in May that will include propositions to dissolve the Economic Development Corporation 4A and create a Crime Control and Prevention District within Trophy Club.

"Consolidating the economic development boards allows for a more concentrated, focused effort on bringing new businesses to town," said April Reiling, the town's marketing manager.

The creation of CCPD is a step toward developing a funding source to build a new public services building for the police department.

Reiling said other town priorities for the year include launching a new website, approving and implementing a new logo, expanding communication platforms, furthering park enhancements and continuing the regional trail project.

New classes, such as gun safety, will be offered by the police department, the town is continuing to work toward a paperless billing system, further enhancing credit card and online payment systems and is implementing a recycling program at Harmony Park.

New classes, such as gun safety and awareness, will be offered by the police department and the town is working with Northwest Independent School District on developing a Shattered Dreams program at Byron Nelson High School.

In 2012, Trophy Club saw a surge of residential growth, and was named the largest residential development in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal and ranked as the eighth fastest growing city in North Texas.

The town added 338 new housing starts, with building permits for new homes increasing by 32 percent over the last year.

Reiling said "strong financial leadership and tight purse strings" helped grow the town's fund balance by more than 15 percent and the Town Council lowered the tax rate by more than 2 percent.

"With a growing fund balance the Town Council was able to not only lower the tax rate but also begin the process of planning for much needed capital improvement projects in town, such as several storm water drainage projects and some major road improvements," Reiling said.

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