Highland Village City Update – October 2021 – Cross Timbers Gazette | South Denton County | Mound of flowers
As I write these lines, we are experiencing the wonderful cool mornings of the fall season. My walk this morning was much more pleasant; I have seen many of you on the trails enjoying the cool temperatures as well. If you’ve been waiting for the cooler weather to go for some outdoor walks or bike rides, now is the time!
Here at Highland Village, we have an incredible trail system that winds through town, beautiful parks like Doubletree Ranch, Pilot Knoll, and Copperas Branch Park, and an expansive waterfront trail for walking or biking. I love so much to see our community enjoying the great amenities that we have here. Of course, as the weather gets colder more of us will be using the trails and parks, so let’s remember safety procedures like cyclists announcing their presence on the trails so walkers can move to the side. .
October marks the start of the city’s fiscal year and the start of the 2021-2022 budget. I would like to take the opportunity to give you an overview of this year’s budget and the initiatives staff have planned. The city’s main source of revenue is property tax, which represents 65% of our revenue. This year, the Denton Central Appraisal District certified estimate has resulted in a 5.3% growth in estimated property values, which will generate an additional $ 711,707 in property tax revenue. The tax rate of $ 0.56302 remains unchanged from last year. General Fund expenses amount to $ 20,599,521, of which $ 842,535 is allocated to additional requests.
Key initiatives this year include matching funding for a joint fire training center in collaboration with Lewisville and Flower Mound, which will provide continuing education opportunities to our service. We have partnered with Enterprise Fleet Management to manage the bulk of the city’s service vehicles, delivering optimized resale efficiency as well as operation with a much newer fleet and stabilized vehicle spend.
We are also considering a bond issue for fiscal year 2022, which will not impact the tax rate, in order to focus on many maintenance issues in all of the city’s parks, reconstruction necessary streets and improved services at Pilot Knoll Park with the addition of rental cabins. . Funding is included for a full update of the plan; Update of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan; Update of the master plan for the trail network and the FM 407 trail development and corridor plan. These plans will work together to formulate direction aimed at improving the opportunities for economic development and the quality of life of our residents and visitors. and provide opportunities for contributions from our residents and business owners. Stay tuned to the City’s website, newsletter, social media and these columns for more details as these projects move forward.
Our Police Department and the City are hosting the TXFallenPD Tribute Event again to raise money for the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Fallen Officer Fund, this year in honor of Highland Village Police Sgt. Dennis Oliver who we lost due to complications from COVID on October 2, 2020.
Since 2008, the ministry has organized a 5 km bike race and fundraiser for families of police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and, with the help of the community, contributed more than 280 $ 000 to the fund. The event, which took place on the third Saturday in October, will continue again this year with some improvements. The TXFallenPD tribute event will take place in The Shops at Highland Village on Saturday, October 16 and will feature a 5k race, an honor bike race for civilians and first responders, a kids’ race with a cop and a course of bicycle obstacles for the police. There will be entertainment and live music, vendors, a kids’ area, food and drink throughout the day. You can be a part of this fundraising effort again this year by participating in the 5K or Bike Honor Ride, donating cash to the fund, or purchasing a commemorative t-shirt. Registrations for the 5K and the Honor Bike Rides are now open.
This year’s commemorative jersey bears the names of every Texas officer who died in the line of duty in 2020, and sadly, there are more of them this year than any year before. You can remember these heroes by purchasing a shirt for $ 20 from the Highland Village Police Department located at 1000 Highland Village Road. All proceeds from the sale go directly to the Fallen Officer Fund to help the families of deceased officers in Texas. You can find more details about the event at www.TXFallenPD.com. I hope you will consider helping us support the families of the deceased Texas police officers.
The Highland Village Business Association is also seeking sponsorship for the annual Salute Our Veterans Luncheon, which will take place on November 10. This is a luncheon designed to provide an opportunity to honor our local veterans and give them time for fellowship and shared fellowship. Veterans and one guest can attend for free, as we are seeking community sponsorships to pay for veterans attendance and meals. Sponsorships start at $ 40, which covers the cost of two Veterans Lunches. If you choose to sponsor additional Veterans, breakfasts are sold in $ 20 increments, allowing you to choose your donation amount, $ 80 for four Veterans, $ 120 for six Veterans, etc. Please send your sponsorship by October 22 to 1000 Highland Village Road, Highland Village, TX 75077, Att: Salute Our Veterans Lunch. We weren’t able to host this event in 2020, but at the 2019 luncheon over 250 veterans, representing all branches of service, from Highland Village, Lewisville, Flower Mound and surrounding areas had their lunches paid for thanks. to sponsorship funds. If you are a local veteran, we invite you and a guest to attend for free. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Please RSVP with your name and branch of service to [emailÂ protected] or call 972-899-5105. If you are not a Veteran, you can get involved and help us honor those who have served our country. This is one of my favorite events because I remember my dad and honor all the veterans in our community.
As you can see, once again our small community is doing some really great things. Hope you will join us at some of our events – I can’t wait to see you there!