Frisco continues to be one of the fastest growing cities not only in Texas, but in the US. That brings with it a great many challenges including needs for increased infrastructure (water, sewer, roads, etc), additional Police and Fire Resources, and additional needs for Parks, Library and other City Services.
We’ve done a lot of great things over the years to keep up with this growth, but we can’t let our focus shift.
In the last 3 years alone we’ve added dozens of Police Officers and Firefighters (27 in the FY 19 Budget), filled a variety of needs in other departments, continued to build roads, water and sewer lines, and parks. Through all of this, we’ve lowered the Tax Rate, twice, and added a homestead exemption, then increased the exemption.
We’ve retained our ISO 1 rating, our Police Department continues to retain its Accreditation through The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CELA) , and our Fire Department received their accreditation through Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). Importantly, our strong financial budgeting process and conservative fiscal policies have resulted in Frisco receiving an AAA rating from Moody’s for the first time in our History. Less than 10% of Cities in the US have this rating.
We must, however, continue to keep a sharp eye these items, and cannot lose focus on maintaining quality services at the lowest tax rate possible. I will continue to focus on sound fiscal management, innovative ways of addressing traffic and congestion, such as our initiative with Drive.ai, and I will continue to promote, support improvement to, and build out of our Parks and Trail System.