Armin’s “Next Level” Plan
Remain “Texas’s Most Family Friendly City”
Keller is special because of the families and residents who make up our unique city. With over 26 miles of trails and hike, the amenities we provide, and the top-notch education our children receive, Keller is a jewel of Tarrant County.
The vision Armin set for Keller was an ambitious one – to take Keller to the “Next Level” and be widely recognized as “Texas’s Most Family Friendly City.” In late 2021, Keller obtained this recognition at our nation’s capital through U.S. Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne. This recognition was achieved as a result of a collective effort between our residents, city leaders, Keller ISD, and the business community.
To remain “Texas’s Most Family Friendly City”, Keller will continue to fight for real taxpayer relief, attract quality economic development, prioritize our infrastructure, support our police and fire, and maintain Keller’s most cherished amenity – its parks, trails, and green open spaces. The Keller of tomorrow will strive to remain unique, vibrant, and entrepreneurial.
Continue to Fight for Real Taxpayer Relief
To best serve the needs of our residents and businesses, Keller must be a fiscally responsible and taxpayer-friendly city. Armin has been a champion for taxpayers. As Councilman from 2014 to 2018, Armin introduced and fought for the first ever increase to the Keller Homestead Exemption in over 30 years.
As Mayor, Armin has introduced and supported consecutive budgets which have provided for the single largest tax relief measures in city history. Implementing a 20% Homestead Exemption – the maximum allowed by state law – and approving consecutive tax rates that have fallen at or below the “Effective Tax Rate.” These measures have meant historic and real tax relief for Keller residents, easing the tax burden on Keller homeowners.
Ensure and Support Public Safety
Under Armin’s leadership, Keller continues to be one of the safest cities in all of Texas to live and raise a family. Armin appreciates and recognizes the important sacrifices made by our first responders and their families, as a result, Armin has fought to ensure our first responders have the tools, equipment, and training necessary to keep Keller safe – upgrading public safety facilities and fleet vehicles for police, fire, and EMS.
Through the community’s support and re-upping of the city’s crime control prevention district, the Keller police department will undergo necessary updates and renovations to its building with an anticipated completion date of May 2024.
Attracting Quality Economic Development
We must continue to reduce the tax burden on Keller residents by attracting quality economic development and bringing in businesses whose sales tax dollars can help offset the dependency placed on Keller taxpayers.
E- Commerce and businesses like Amazon, Uber, and GrubHub have forever changed the way consumers shop, commute, and dine. Communities that don’t adapt to the change in consumer trends, will fall backwards. We must ensure Keller does not fall backwards. To do this, Armin has fought to recruit businesses who offer an experiential component for consumers which has helped establish Keller as a place where residents can live, work, and play.
As Mayor, Armin has stopped the practice of giving out free handouts. When economic incentives are to be considered, it must be a sustainable economic incentive that is repayable, and directly tied to new revenue and new jobs created.