I hope you are all having a great summer. I am honored to be your president this year. I am also pleased for the opportunity to work with a very talented board. The following individuals will serve on the GFOAT Executive Board for the 2017-2018 fiscal year:
President-Elect – Robert (Bob) Scott, City of Carrollton
Secretary – Keith Dagen, City of Richardson
Central Representative – Lorie Lankford, City of Round Rock
North Representative – Sidney Kirk, City of Weatherford
South Representative –Sandra Mattick, City of Boerne
West Representative- Chris Sharp, City of Canyon
I am looking forward to seeing you in San Antonio at the fall conference. The conference committee has once again outperformed themselves and has planned another amazing conference. The theme is ” A Fiesta of Finances: Working Your Way through Diverse Needs,” and will be in San Antonio at the Westin Riverwalk hotel November 1-3. If coming to San Antonio is not enough to spark your interest, the sessions will be interesting as well as informative. Our keynote speaker, Jody Urquhart, will be speaking twice: “This Would Be Funny… If It Wasn’t Happening to Me! How to Navigate the Future with Enthusiasm and Vigor” and “I Love My Job, It’s the People I Can’t Stand.” Be sure to mark your calendars and join us in San Antonio.
This legislative session have been eventful. I am sure you are all following the special session very closely. The following is a list of bills that are of primary interest to GFOAT and our profession:
SB 1 (Revenue Cap): http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/851/billtext/pdf/SB00001I.pdf#navpanes=0
SB 18 (Spending Cap): http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/851/billtext/pdf/SB00018I.pdf#navpanes=0
HB 4 (Revenue Cap): http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/851/billtext/pdf/HB00004I.pdf#navpanes=0
HB 206 (Spending Cap): http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/851/billtext/pdf/HB00206I.pdf#navpanes=0
The revenue cap bills would limit city officials’ ability to adjust the property tax rate to meet the needs of their individual communities. The two spending cap bills dramatically oversimplify municipal finance by assuming city expenditures can and should be linked only to population and inflation every year.
TML would love your input on this bills and how they affect your community. More importantly, reach out to your state officials as quickly as possible. These bills would make it very difficult for us to adequately serve our citizens.
So, with that said, we will all be ready for Fiesta in November. Iron your best Mexican dress or Guayabera shirt and head to San Antonio.