Five candidates, several charter amendments and an annexation: A November Voter Guide for Pflugerville

Pflugerville will have several candidates and propositions on the Nov. 2, 2021 ballot. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Pflugerville will have several candidates and propositions on the Nov. 2, 2021 ballot. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Pflugerville will have several candidates and propositions on the Nov. 2, 2021 ballot. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

On Nov. 2, the city of Pflugerville will have several items on its election Ballot, including four propositions for an emergency services district to annex Pflugerville and its extraterritorial jurisdiction, 13 proposed city charter amendments, five candidates running for two slots on City Council and a tax ratification proposal for Pflugerville ISD.

The following information lays out what is on the ballot for Pflugerville residents, as well as a question and answer section showcasing the candidates running for City Council.

SAMPLE BALLOT
City of Pflugerville

Pflugerville City Council Place 3

A.K. Brewer

Kimberly Holiday

Bradley Hickman

Pflugerville City Council Place 5

Mike Heath*

Jim McDonald

Propositions

Proposition A : Shall the City of Pflugerville amend its Charter to provide that public hearings on disannexation are to be noticed pursuant to the Texas Open Meetings Act?

Proposition B: Shall the City of Pflugerville amend its Charter to provide that the caption of proposed ordinances be published on the City’s website?

Proposition C: Shall the City of Pflugerville amend its Charter to provide the creation of the position of an executive assistant to the city council?

Proposition D: Shall the City of Pflugerville amend its Charter to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation?

Proposition E: Shall the City of Pflugerville amend its Charter to provide gender neutral wording?

Proposition F: Shall the City of Pflugerville amend its Charter to correct spelling and grammatical errors?

Proposition G: Shall the City of Pflugerville amend its Charter to prohibit Council Members or city employees from being voting members of boards and commissions created by Charter or Ordinance?

Proposition H: Shall the City of Pflugerville amend its Charter to provide that the Mayor, with the assistance and input of the City Manager, shall set and approve the agendas for City Council Meetings?

Proposition I: Shall the City of Pflugerville amend its Charter to prohibit departments specifically eliminated by the Charter to be otherwise established?

Proposition J: Shall the City of Pflugerville amend its Charter to require the city manager to submit a proposed budget and an accompanying message on or before the first day of August each year?

Proposition K: Shall the City of Pflugerville amend its Charter to require the city manager to submit financial reports on a quarterly basis?

Proposition L: Shall the City of Pflugerville amend its Charter to prohibit any officer of the city or member of any city board or commission from participating in the deliberation of or voting upon the appointment or confirmation of any person, related to them within the second degree by affinity or within the third degree by consanguinity, to any office, position, clerkship, employment, or duty of the city even where state law authorizes their participation?

Proposition M: Shall the Charter of the City of Pflugerville be amended for compliance with state law?
Pflugerville ISD

Pflugerville ISD Tax Ratification Election

Ratifying the ad valorem tax rate of $1.4080 in Pflugerville Independent School District for the current year, a rate that will result in an increase of 8.6 percent in maintenance and operations tax revenue for the district for the current year as compared to the preceding year, which is an additional $14,227,238.

Travis County ESD No. 17

Annexation election for city of Pflugerville


Proposition A: Adding the geographic boundaries of the city of Pflugerville located in Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 to Travis County Emergency Services District No. 17.

Proposition B: The geographic boundaries of the city of Pflugerville located in Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 assuming its proportionate share of the outstanding debts and taxes of the Travis County Emergency Services District No. 17, if it is added to the district.

Annexation election for unincorporated area

Proposition A: Adding the unincorporated areas situated within the boundaries of Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 that are not included within the boundaries of Travis County Emergency Services District No. 17 to the Travis County Emergency Services District No. 17.

Proposition B: The unincorporated areas situated within the boundaries of Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 which are not included within the boundaries of Travis County Emergency Services District No. 17 assuming its proportionate share of the outstanding debts and taxes of the Travis County Emergency Services District No. 17, if it is added to the district.

Q&A

CITY COUNCIL PLACE 3


A.K. BrewerA.K. Brewer

1. Occupation: CEO and Founder of PFIERC (Parent-Family Initiatives and Education Resource Center)

2. Relevant experience: I have previous council appointments to serve on the city’s charter commission, library board, Economic Development Corporation, and I currently serve on the finance and budget Committee.

3. Phone number: N/A

4. Email: [email protected]

5. Why do you feel you would be good for City Council?

I am the ideal Candidate for Place 3 based on my two decades of dedicated and diligent public and community service. I stand as a consistent source of citizen representation in key roles of decision making abilities and experience. I am and will always be a credible woman of my word. Building on principles "unbossed and unbought," my focus is invested in the best interest of the people.

6. What are the key issues in Pflugerville you will focus on?

First, I will focus on fiscal accountability, transparency and clarity of finance and budget concerns affecting the citizens' taxes. Second, I will focus on diverse growth and delve into our strategic plan on Capital Improvement infrastructure planning. Third, I will focus on health and safety, work with the ethics commission, police department and emergency services district to improve internal and external relationships.

Bradley HickmanBradley Hickman

1. Occupation: Local Community Banker

2. Relevant experience: Current member of City Planning and Zoning commission (2021-2023); former bond committee member; former Charter Review Appointee. I am locally involved. My work experience gives me insight into commercial real estate project development.

3. Phone number: 737-443-0655

4. Website: www.Brad4Pf.com

5. Why do you feel you would be good for City Council?

I was born and raised here. I serve in the community, and my family and friends are here. I have every reason to hope this city succeeds for each resident. My 13 years of experience in banking as a lender and financial analyst will provide insights for potential development projects.

6. What are the key issues in Pflugerville you will focus on?

I will focus on lowering taxes by developing growth in our economy. I’ll prioritize the maintenance, cleaning, and infrastructure of roads and parks before taking on new apartments and neighborhoods. I’d also like to find ways to bring the community together through local events, festivals with music and outdoor activities.

Kimberly HolidayKimberly Holiday

1. Occupation: Social Psychologist

2. Relevant experience: I have served as marketing and outreach chair for CTAAFC, Integral Care; vice president of marketing for the Pflugerville Education Foundation Board of Directors; Ground Water Analysis Strategy Team for APD Academy; E3 Alliance table talk facilitator; board of directors for KAZI Community Radio.

3. Phone number: N/A

4. email and website: kimpforcouncil.com; www.kim4council.com

5. Why do you feel you would be good for City Council?

My experience in mental health care will provide a much needed perspective for City Council. I am a certified mental health first aid responder. This is something missing from our current leadership. We also need a woman. In a city that is over 52% women, we need that voice to be represented.

6. What are the key issues in Pflugerville you will focus on?

The key issues for the city of Pflugerville are the health and safety of all citizens, maintaining our history and identity as a city during rapid growth, and most importantly, housing affordability during a challenging time for income and stability amid the pandemic. We must ensure the city remains affordable for all by raising homestead exemptions for those who are disabled and over 65, and we need to implement a homestead exemption for all citizens.

CITY COUNCIL PLACE 5

Mike HeathMike Heath


1. Occupation: Civil engineer and president of Alliance Transportation Group, Inc.

2. Relevant experience: I am a native Texan who moved to Pflugerville with his wife, Gayle, in 1994. I served on two of the City’s Bond Committees and have served on the Pflugerville City Council since 2015. I am also an executive committee member on the Capital Area Council of Governments and a board member on the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, the Capital Area Emergency Communications District and the Capital Area Economic Development District.

3. Phone number: 512-252-3701

4. email or website: www.MikeHeath.org

5. Why do you feel you would be good for City Council?

As a long-time resident, I am committed to implementing policies, procedures and budgets necessary to realizing Pflugerville’s potential. I was instrumental in Pflugerville adopting its first strategic plan with performance measures to gauge the city’s progress. My goals for Pflugerville are to make it the safest city in Texas, reduce tax rates by growing our economy, increase local business opportunities, maintain and build infrastructure, optimize city services, enhance community amenities and help make Pflugerville an even better place to live.

6. What are the key issues in Pflugerville you will focus on?

We need to make sure Pflugerville remains a great place to live. We’ll do this by maintaining roads, parks, trails, water/wastewater and drainage facilities; securing our water supply for the foreseeable future; completing the expansion of our water and waste treatment plants; encouraging businesses that provide good paying jobs to move to Pflugerville; establishing the right mix of businesses to residential land uses; and making Pflugerville the safest city in Texas.

Jim McDonaldJim McDonald

1. Occupation: Owner - Three Legged Goat, Certified Advanced Mediator

2. Relevant experience: I was past president of the Rotary Club of Pflugerville, secretary for Black Pflugerville and a Pflugerville council member from 2017-20. In 2021 I chaired the city’s charter review committee, I serve as secretary of the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation and am a board member on the Baylor Scott & White Foundation

3. Phone number: N/A

4. website and email: www.jimmcdonald.com; [email protected]

5. Why do you feel you would be good for City Council?

As an involved member and dedicated servant of the greater Pflugerville community for more than 20 years, I see great potential in developing the strengths of our diverse community. Regarding policy decisions in our growing city, I can bring the numerous voices in Pflugerville to the table while being a responsible steward of our tax dollars.

6. What are the key issues in Pflugerville you will focus on?

I will focus on infrastructure, quality of life and empathy. We need to fix our traffic issues now, not wait years for a mythical perfect solution. We need to create recreational opportunities for youth, seniors and all ages in between. We need to recognize the positive impact our growth has on property values and protect our seniors by increasing the city’s homestead exemption and freezing valuations at 65.

By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.


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