Early voting in Fort Worth’s Saturday, May 10, election for a better and safer future is already underway.
The question facing every Fort Worth voter is not if you can afford the time to vote, but rather can you afford not to?
In this election, Fort Worth neighbors have the unique opportunity to pass a no-tax-rate-increase bond improvement package and to renew our city’s award-winning Crime Control and Prevention District.
Early voting runs through Tuesday. Your vote will make Fort Worth neighborhoods better.
Fort Worth’s zero-tax-rate-increase 2014 Improvement Bond Package was carefully developed with citywide citizen input. Our City Council members and staff then did a great job prioritizing the city’s infrastructure needs and crafted the bond package to improve neighborhood quality of life without raising the city’s tax rate.
The bond package is divided into seven propositions.
Seventy-five percent of the bond program’s improvements is dedicated to street and transportation improvements (Proposition 1).
The other six propositions include improvements to our city parks, libraries, fire safety, municipal courts and new facilities for city service equipment repair and animal care/control.
If you can’t vote early, please mark your calendar to vote on Saturday.
Your vote will also make our neighborhoods safer. In addition to the seven bond propositions, voters are being asked to renew Fort Worth’s proven Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD).
Since the CCPD’s creation in 1995, our city’s crime rate has declined by 40 percent. The CCPD funds our Neighborhood Patrol Officer program, our citywide neighborhood Code Blue programs (involving 700-plus citizen volunteers), enhanced school security, specialized police units, police recruitment and training, new police equipment and technology and youth crime prevention programs.
Continuation of the CCPD requires voter approval every five years. Fort Worth was the first city in Texas to adopt this innovative crime-fighting approach that uses revenue from a half-cent sales tax generated from residents as well as from our city’s visitors and guests to expand local police-directed crime control and prevention efforts.
Detailed information on the city’s 2014 Bond Improvement Package and Crime Control and Prevention District renewal election is available at http://fortworthtexas.gov/2014bonds/ and http://www.fortworthpd.com/ccpd/.
Joining me as Co-Chairs of “Voters Supporting Fort Worth’s Future” are past Mayors Kay Granger, Ken Barr and Mike Moncrief. Together, we respectfully encourage you to join us in making Fort Worth better and safer.
So please tie a string around your finger or put a note on the refrigerator, and please call and ask your neighbors, “Have you voted yet?”
Betsy Price is mayor of Fort Worth. firstname.lastname@example.org