The City of Colleyville's annual State of the City presentation was held February 7. In one word, Mayor Newton described the city as “exceptional.” Supporting this proclamation was a detailed analysis of the City’s five foundational elements for success: (1) conservative financial management, (2) designation as the “safest city in Texas,” (3) long-term capital improvement planning, (4) healthy development climate, and (5) a focus on servant leadership.
In Colleyville, conservative fiscal leadership requires a focus on maintaining extraordinary municipal services through efficient budget management. In a time where municipal property tax rates continue to increase, Colleyville lowered the tax rate to ensure no additional property tax dollars would be collected on existing properties. This accomplishment was only possible through efficiency efforts that saved the taxpayers nearly $1 million while maintaining, and in some cases, expanding city services.
Mayor Newton applauded Colleyville’s first responders by recognizing our city’s designation as the safest city in Texas and the 13th safest in the nation. Last year alone our Fire Department boasted five cardiac saves – more than most first responders will see in an entire career. The sense of community evident in the actions of our police and fire personnel was celebrated with public testimonials. School safety was highlighted as a priority of the city in cooperation with our local school district leaders. Mayor Newton spoke about the steps Colleyville police took, along with Grapevine police, to ensure school safety was top priority. There is nothing more important than the safety of our children.
Quality of Life
The City of Colleyville continuously seeks out ways to improve to lives of our residents. We've hosted many events throughout the year to bring the community together. One of our most popular events —Red, White, and Sousa — will be getting the star treatment with a new name, a popular country act, and a fireworks show. The City listened to its residents and put that work into action this past year with the library's reconfiguration project as well as the Parks Master Plan.
Infrastructure and Economic Development
Infrastructure planning in Colleyville includes published 5-year capital plans for roads, sewer/water, trails, buildings, and community features. Unique to Colleyville is the requirement that all 5-year capital plans must be fully funded with no debt. In 2019 Colleyville has allocated nearly $16 million to capital improvements without issuing bonded debt. 2019 projects include a new plaza space in front of City Hall and exceptional median enhancements along SH26.
Sales tax for 2018 was up 4% over the previous year in Colleyville. Assistant City Manager Mark Wood discussed the quarterly programs Colleyville has implemented to support our local businesses. The City also recently launched another initiative aimed at helping local business owners improve the appearance of their buildings. This new program, Colleyville BEST, provides targeted grants for businesses located on SH26 that are willing to invest in their property. The City will match those investments with grant funding. This money can be used for things like new signs, exterior painting, landscaping, and other exterior improvements.
The City of Colleyville has welcomed several new faces over the course of the year. These changes in personnel have given Colleyville the opportunity to match the right people with the needs of the community. There has been a concerted effort to hire and promote those who share a common vision for servant leadership and who place a high value on customer service.