Action NOW for Frisco's tomorrow
Frisco has seen drastic changes over the last few years, but we are still 10 years from full buildout. What we do now will have an effect on our City for decades to come.
Housing and Taxes
According to the City of Frisco's estimates, the average assessed household value was estimated at $438K in January of 2021 and most properties have steadily increased in value. While these increases in home value means it's a good investment, it also means property taxes increase with it. Keeping our property taxes as low as possible would be a top priority.
That steadily increasing price point also keeps some families from being able to buy into our housing market. Families move to Frisco because of our incredible school district but high housing prices are creating a demand for apartments. This demand will continue to increase if we don't offer more smaller format housing options like condos, townhomes, and zero lot line homes as alternatives. Additionally, these types of options would be multi-purpose as they would appeal to young professionals and to our retired citizens who want minimal maintenance.
The city has been proactively working to prevent a sharp population density increase from apartments which would negatively impacts our existing communities. One of the main ways they have been able to do this is by reducing the number of apartments built from existing multi-family rights which were previously granted (some were granted to build our roads throughout the city). Continuing to work with land owners and developers to provide a variety of alternative options and ensuring their plans are in the best interest of Frisco long term. As your next councilwoman, I would continue to support this initiative.
Frisco has consistently grown by roughly 10,000 people every year and we have now reached a population over 200,000. With the PGA and other developments coming to our City, we must proactively plan for continued population increase, including completing/widening roads, additional headcount for public safety, and additional water reservoirs to support our needs. Frisco's reinvesting strategy is a top priority for 2021 and should be a continued focus moving forward. Keeping the high standard we are accustomed to is critical to ensuring Frisco's ongoing appeal and long-term success.
We were named the #1 City to Raise an Athlete by Men's Journal back in 2011, and since then we have been nicknamed "Sports City". We have dedicated sports fields everywhere, but what about the rest of our citizens who lead active lifestyles outside of organized sports? We owe it to our citizens to maintain our existing parks to their full potential and ensure they are usable by everyone. As we look forward in our planning for Grand Park, we have the opportunity to fill gaps in the way that we are managing other areas today.
We need to continue putting a focus on finding new ways to increase our revenue. For example, creating revenue-generating activities that would be available within Grand Park could cover the maintenance, and any surplus could contribute to the needs of our other parks as well. Attracting new businesses and special events increases our overall tax revenues, without putting the additional burden on our property owners.
More businesses coming to Frisco means local job opportunities. It means there are shorter commutes available, reducing our time on the roads, and relieving traffic congestion. It also means additional tax revenue which contributes towards the City's budget. This is the first step in being able to limit taxes on homeowners, increase the homestead exemption, or reinvest further in our city.
The City of Frisco has an objective to create an innovation and entreprenership center. With previous experience in an early stage start-up, I am keenly aware of the needs of these organizations (access to pitching for venture capital funding, flexible workspaces, and shared support services to name a few). Historically, once a company moves to Frisco, they rarely leave. Start-ups typically provide slow and steady growth and bring high paying jobs. Both of these would be attractive attributes in businesses we would like to recruit here to Frisco.
My pet project - our pets!
After volunteering for over 10 years in rescue and recently founding a 501c3 for the pets of Frisco, this one should come as no surprise.
The City of Frisco needs to take a more proactive role in supporting our domesticated animals. A local vet recently reported that they took in 178 stray animals during 2021 alone. This was in an attempt to help these pets find their way back to their owners before being transported to Collin County Animal Service in Mckinney, 30 minutes away. In other words, a private entity is helping to support our city's needs because there isn't any other option within the city limits today. In terms of a shelter, there has been talk of wanting to form a partnership with a private entity to help make this as cost effective as possible, and that should be investigated. We also need to consider how we can incrementally build a facility over time to help minimize the costs at launch.
A shelter could help with more than just lost or stray animals. Having a vet on staff would allow us to support low cost spay and neuter programs, vaccines, and even microchips. It could be a resource center for pet owners on the basics of owning an animal or where to find help if assistance is needed. A shelter could be so much more valuable for our city than just another building.