Armin’s “Next Level” Plan
Become “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 has for Keller is an ambitious one – to take Keller to the “Next Level” and become “Texas’s Most Family Friendly City.” To do this, it will require a collective effort between our residents, city leaders, Keller ISD, and the business community. We must bring real taxpayer relief, attract quality commercial development, prioritize our roads, sidewalks, and infrastructure, ensure public safety, and maintain Keller’s character through our parks, trails, and green open spaces. The Keller of tomorrow will strive to remain unique, vibrant, and entrepreneurial.
At Town Hall, we must reject the status quo and stop doing business as usual. Becoming “Texas’s Most Family Friendly City” is not an easy task; Nevertheless, it is an ambitious goal we must set and can accomplish if we work together.
Bring Real Taxpayer Relief
To best serve the needs of our residents and businesses, Keller must be a fiscally responsible and taxpayer-friendly city. As councilman, Armin heard from neighbors who suggested unique ideas in offering tax relief to Keller taxpayers. Through those conversations, Armin introduced the first increase to the Keller Homestead Exemption in over 30 years. Today, Keller recognizes a 12% Homestead Exemption. This means that if you are a homeowner in the city of Keller, the city’s portion of your property tax bill will be at a reduced rate of 88% off your home’s total appraised value.
Armin’s “Next Level” agenda calls for the city to max the Homestead Exemption at 20% by the year 2021, which is the maximum allowed by Texas law. In addition, we will lower our tax rate down to the “effective rate” all the while spearheading an effort that will bring additional tax relief for senior citizens through the use of a local option. This local option will provide targeted tax relief to our Keller senior citizens who are often dependent on a retirement or social security checks yet continue to see a rise in property taxes.
Ensure Public Safety
One of government’s core function is to ensure public safety. To maintain Keller as one of the safest cities in Texas, we must continue to support our first responders and place public safety as a top priority. This means making sure our first responders are well equipped and that they have the resources necessary to keep our families safe.
Attract Quality Commercial Development
Armin’s vision for Keller includes making it a city where residents can live, work, and play in the same community. We must reduce the dependency on homeowners by attracting quality commercial development and generating revenue through our business’s sales tax dollars.
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, we must recruit innovative companies in the retail, technology, and dining sectors, who offer an experiential component for consumers. We must establish Keller as a regional hub where creative thinking and creative businesses are welcomed.
Lastly, we must stop the practice of giving out economic incentives without assuring our taxpayers anything in return. Should an economic incentive be considered, it must be a sustainable economic incentive that is directly tied to new revenue and new jobs created.
Address and De-stigmatize Mental Health
In the last 5 years, Keller PD has responded to almost 200 attempted suicide calls, with nearly two dozen confirmed suicides. Armin recognizes the need for a coordinated strategy to address mental health issues facing community residents.
One of Armin’s priorities will be to create a volunteer task force made up of citizens, public safety personnel, and healthcare professionals. The task force will assist in developing a coordinated strategy to help remove the stigma around mental health, raise awareness, and make sure that more Keller residents and students have access to the mental health care they seek.
Armin’s vision includes collaborating and strengthening existing efforts being made at the County level, and assuring that our police, firefighters, and paramedics, have the resources necessary to address the distress calls they already receive on a regular basis. Keller will be an example for other cities to follow when it comes to ensuring the wellbeing and mental health of its residents.