"I'm taking the knowledge I gained from 23 years as the Mayor of Allen, my Board Membership on the Regional Transportation Commission since 1997, my time as President of NCTCOG working with other counties and cities and my solid record as a Conservative Republican and I'm ready to serve the people of Collin County."
Steve supports maintaining the Effective Tax Rate for Collin County and continuing to develop conservative and sensible budgeting for Collin County.
As the Mayor of Allen, Steve has a unique perspective on how cities and the county can work together for taxpayers. Planning for future growth, working with landowners, and acquiring needed right of way are all examples of how the county can utilize the resources of the cities to make sensible decisions for taxpayers.
While President of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), Steve led representatives from 16 counties and 143 cities to allocate federal and state funds for transportation and 911 communications. He believes in the importance of working together with neighboring cities and counties to make sure citizens have adequate roads and emergency services. While President of NCTCOG, he oversaw a total revision of the 50 year old bylaws that included a permanent position for Collin County on the Board of Directors.
Steve led in reducing the property tax rate in Allen 28 cents while he served as Mayor of Allen. He was consistent in his conservative approach to the city budget, making sure that citizens continued to receive excellent services while reducing the tax rate. The bond debt rate per person in Allen is now a low $860 per person.
The Commissioner's salary for 2020 is $130,020. Their added benefits package is $35,960. The total adopted budget for 2020 Commissioner salary is $165,980.
An additional amount of $13,950 is budgeted for commissioner training and operations, bringing the total budget for County Commissioner Pct 3 to $179,930.
In 2016, the base pay was $115K, and in 2018, the pay was $122K. The current pay of $130K represents a 7% increase from 2018, and a 13% increase from 2016.
As a conservative, I do not support this high pay structure for several reasons:
The position has just one performance review every 4 years from voters.
There is no professional requirement for the position, such as being an attorney for county and district judges.
There are typically just four posted meetings a month.
As Mayor of Allen, I spent between 30 and 50 hours a week representing the 107,000 residents. I was given a stipend of $650 per month ($7,800 per year).
I am running for Commissioner to continue my public service for the people of Precinct 3.
Unlike my opponent, I would not personally accept a raise during my time as your County Commissioner.
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