Update on Denton City Council

Kathleen Wazny

Kathleen Wazny

Kathleen Wazny, Denton City Council, District 3

Foundational changes are coming to city government in Denton. The city council has authorized a nationwide search for a new Denton City Manager and also a new Denton Internal Auditor. A professional search firm has been hired to do the search and to bring forth candidates for both positions. City council members will interview the candidates and make the selections.

The city manager reports directly to the city council. He/She oversees all departments and services in the city including the organizational structure and personnel.

The first “short list” will be presented to city council in October with finalists expected to return for additional interviews in November.

The city council voted in favor of extending the city’s audit team to include an internal auditor, something the city has not had for several years. The search and interview pattern will be similar to that of the city manager.

The city council did not bring the property tax freeze forward after a lengthy discussion, so it will now advance to a citizen petition. The petition drive must gather the signatures of at least five percent of the registered voters in Denton in order to place the tax freeze on the city’s May 2017 ballot. The voters of Denton will decide this issue if it gets on the ballot. The property tax freeze would include seniors (age 65 and over) and also the disabled. The property must be homesteaded. Over 200 Texas cities have frozen property taxes for seniors and the disabled. The petition organizers have begun the petition drive. The property tax freeze is only for the City of Denton and does not include other communities.

Petitions will be available to sign at the Robson Ranch Main Clubhouse, throughout the month of October. Tables will be set up on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. If you miss those times please watch the Message Board for evening and weekend times. In addition if you would like to circulate a petition, please let me know. I’ll make sure that you receive petitions and instruction sheets. No tables will be set up on Oct 14.

Again, the petition goal is to place the property tax freeze on the ballot for the voters to decide in the May 2017 City of Denton election.

For more information or if you have questions, please email or call [email protected], 940-367-0171 cell/text.

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