Local Government Consolidation: Trophy Club Residents Share Your Thoughts

Posted by April Reiling on Jun 21, 2013
Tags: Community, Town News, Government, Government Consolidation

Director Kevin Carr read the following statement regarding the Town/TC MUD 1 consolidation at the June 18, 2013 TC MUD 1 meeting:

“The District will continue to provide services to its customers in the same quality and low cost manner that they have grown accustomed to over the past 35 years. The District is committed to working with the Town to assist in meeting their needs, but not at the expense of District customers. The District will not enter into any agreement that increases cost to customers and that decreases the level of services enjoyed by its customers. The District will continue to take all necessary steps to satisfy TCEQ requirements. I move that we reject the Town proposed Strategic Interlocal Agreement and direct District Manager to notify the Town of the District's position.”

The following day, the Town received a letter from TC MUD 1 requesting a long-term agreement to provide water and sewer services to the Town (PID).

A consolidated Trophy Club government would not increase cost of service or decrease level of service, in fact, the opposite is true. A consolidated government represents a savings to all Trophy Club citizens – not just MUD customers or PID residents – but all citizens of Trophy Club.  After examining the duplicative services alone (the numbers below include only contractual services savings) that both the Town and TC MUD 1 pay as separate entities, the total results in over $110,000 in savings to the tax payers:

 

We cannot efficiently and effectively govern a town divided – MUD vs PID.  We can do BETTER!

The Strategic Partnership Agreement submitted to TC MUD 1 and Town of Westlake was delivered with the intention that the three entities would meet, deliberate and resolve operational issues. The document provided a place to begin discussing the future and working toward an agreement regarding what each entity needs to do to get there. The TC MUD 1 Board of Directors has refused to meet with Town Council regarding the proposal, which is disheartening and disappointing.

TCMUD 1 considers itself a business, as stated by a Director at the June 18th Board meeting (immediately after Citizen Presentations, around minute marker 1:50), that serves customers; however, the Town Council believes in equal representation for all residents and providing superior municipal services and facilities in a highly effective, efficient manner. The Town government has the heart of a public servant and will continue to work toward uniting Trophy Club, regardless of where a home or neighborhood is located on a map.

Help Us Unite Trophy Club under the Town Council’s Core Values:

  • Integrity and Trust
  • Accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Innovation
  • Pride and Service Commitment

Trophy Club residents can help propel the Town Council and TC MUD 1 toward a resolution by emailing elected officials and having your voice heard by answering the following question:

Should the Trophy Club local government continue to be divided with two local taxing authorities working as separate entities?

Town Council: cwhite@trophyclub.org, jtiffany@trophyclub.org, brose@trophyclub.org, cschroeder@trophyclub.org, dmayer@trophyclub.org, glamont@trophyclub.org

TC MUD 1 Board: jmoss@tcmud.org, nsanders@tcmud.org, jthomas@tcmud.org, barmstrong@tcmud.org, kcarr@tcmud.org 

If you have any questions you would like answered privately, please email unitetc@trophyclub.org


The article above is a continuation from the May 20, 2013 and May 30, 2013 articles regarding consolidating the two local governments in Trophy Club.