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Kerrville City Council 2017 (Place 1)

Qualifications: “Section 2.02. Qualifications for CouncilmembersEach member of the City Council, in addition to having other qualifications required by law: a. Shall be a qualified voter of the State of Texas; b. Shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age; c. Shall be a resident of the City for at least twelve (12) consecutive months preceding the election; provided, however, that any person who shall have been a resident for a period of not less than twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the election of any territory not formerly within the corporate limits of the City, but which is annexed under the provision of this charter, shall be eligible for said office; d. Shall not hold any other elected office or employment under the city government while a member of the Council, except a member of the City Council may be appointed by the City Council to represent the Council on any board, commission, committee, organization or entity in the Council’s sole discretion so long as that person’s service does not extend beyond the person’s term of office.Term of Office: 2 years Powers and Duties: All powers of the city shall be vested in a council of 5 members.
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  • Stephen Fine Incumbent

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Biographical Information

Tell us about yourself – why is it a good idea for us to vote for you for City Council? What useful experience, knowledge, or perspective do you bring?

What do you think are Kerrville’s greatest strengths and weaknesses?

What do you think is the single largest issue facing the city, and what specific steps would you take in your first six months to address it?

What would you do specifically to spur economic development in the city?

What is the most pressing issue facing the city council and what do you plan to do to address it?

Mailing Address 1210 Virginia Dr. Kerrville, TX 78028
I was born and raised in Kerrville and graduated in 1981 from Tivy High School. I completed my BBA from UTSA in 1988. Served over 9 years on Kerrville City Council, majority of this as Mayor. I am the first Certified Municipal Official in Kerrville. My service to Kerrville area boards and commissions is vast and covers all sectors. Kerrville is my home and working to make Kerrville even better is my passion.
Our greatest strength is our natural beauty and the river. We are fiscally conservative and responsible. Our financial outlook is strong. Management of water resources maximizes our water availability. Strong City/County relationship. Weakness would be lack of a plan and leadership willing to build consensus for this plan.
Our next biggest issue is the Comprehensive Plan and Vision process that will lay the roadmap for Kerrville’s future. I am the only candidate and member of council that has been through this lengthy process and lead the development of the previous Comp Plan when I served as Mayor.
Revitalizing downtown begins with the Arcadia Theatre as the anchor. Continue to seek clean industry that will provide primary jobs. Utilize incentives, if appropriate, while ensuring repayment or recoup is guaranteed. Work Closely with our economic Development partners. Communication with these partners and the public.
Continuing to work towards unity on council. Forget past disagreements and move forward. The ability to agree that we can disagree and still be a team is non-existent but should be paramount. Holding grudges is not healthy or productive for a community. Provide solid, fair, common sense leadership.
Mailing Address 619 Wheless Ave. Kerrville, TX 78028
I was born and raised in Kerrville, graduating from Tivy. My family has history of participation in city government. After attending city council meetings for the past two years it became clear to me some time ago that there is a lack by the majority of city council of listening to citizen’s concerns. There is a lack of transparency by city government.
The majority of Kerrville is conservative and as such advocates small government and lower taxes. Our greatest weakness is the same majority lacks faith in our local government due to its failure to include all citizens in deciding major capital expenditures. i.e. “Today’s debt is tomorrow’s taxes.”
City government transparency and honesty. I have been reaching out to our citizens by going door to door and listening to citizen’s concerns. A small but a very important matter to me is moving the Visitor/Citizen’s Forum back to the beginning of council meetings as a step to increase ///
I would encourage new business and job opportunities. My goal is to bring in quality businesses with higher than average payrolls, thereby increasing job opportunities and income for our citizens, especially for our young people.
Honest and transparent government. Combine this with citizen’s input, Kerrville’s future will be bright – a quality place to work, raise families and retire.

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