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Invest in Keller

Over the first half of 2013, I had the privilege of serving on Keller’s Transportation Bond Program Advisory Committee. Along with eight others, we spent many hours listening to and analyzing input from hundreds of citizens as we considered a package of proposed roadway and intersection improvements.

At the end of our six-month review, we reflected the wishes of the citizens who spoke to us and recommended a series of projects to the Keller City Council. After its own review, the Council then decided to forward a proposal to the qualified voters of the city. That proposal, now known as Proposition 1, includes nine needed infrastructure improvement projects that will greatly improve public safety and enhance economic development for decades to come.

I write today in support of this proposition because of my family. I value their safety and truly believe we can make Keller roads safer for everyone by approving this bond package.

For example, the package includes improving a dangerous intersection on Johnson Road not far from Keller High School, widening a congested street near Shady Grove Elementary, and implementing seven other important projects, too. I don’t like paying higher taxes any more than anyone else. But in my opinion, the small, 1½-cent increase in our low municipal tax rate to pay for this package will be money well spent to increase safety for our kids and families.

Join me and “Invest in Keller.” Vote Yes on Proposition 1.

Ken Lewis, Keller

Vote Yes on Nov. 5

As a community, Keller lacks an extensive commercial property tax base. While the city has made great strides toward diversifying its tax base, the issue remains that Keller receives a disproportionate percentage of its property taxes from residential property owners.

To alleviate that dependence, the City for years has worked hard to spur economic development and build the number of businesses in town to change that mix, however, it’s a long, slow process. You and I have chance to change that next month and take the single biggest step in support of economic development that Keller has taken in more than a decade.

On Nov. 5, we have the opportunity in invest in the future of our city and vote in favor of nine much-needed roadway and intersection improvements that are part of Proposition 1. This package, which was developed by a citizens’ committee and supported by the City Council, includes six major projects that will enhance economic development in Old Town and Town Center, and three other projects that will improve public safety at critical points around Keller.

Improving access to Town Center and increasing parking in Old Town, will help our businesses grow and thrive. In turn, that will generate more tax revenue from our businesses and reduce the amount of taxes the city needs from you and me. It’s an opportunity we just can’t pass up!

Vote Yes on Proposition 1 on Nov. 5.

Paul Frederiksen, Keller

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