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Aside from my drive to serve, I hold two master’s degrees in business and have six years working in corporate compliance. I especially think my experience at a fast-growing startup company that went public will allow me to bring a unique and helpful perspective to council as Richardson works to develop the Innovation Quarter. On the flip side, I currently audit processes for a Fortune 500 company. If you’ve tuned into City Council work-sessions, you’ll notice that the ability to dig deep and ask good questions is a critical skill for any city councilman.
Another issue is that COVID-19 has caused serious hardship for our local businesses. I am absolutely committed to trying out innovative ways to promote our small businesses to the wider Dallas-Fort Worth population, such as designated nights for different regions of town and specialized branding. I’d also like to ensure that the city has a small business emergency relief plan in place should something like COVID-19 ever happen again.
Eventually, I would like to structure our budgets so that we move away from issuing short-term debt to pay for certain recurring costs. COVID-19 and SB2 have made that vision more difficult to achieve, but I still think reducing our reliance on debt for things like major equipment purchases is a worthwhile long-term goal.
Kyle Kepner (incumbent)
Taking care of our senior citizens: In order to protect our senior citizens from rising property taxes, we offer them a $100,000 deduction on their home values prior to calculating city property taxes. Currently, this results in an average tax savings of 32% for seniors. In addition, over the last two years we have completed 165 home improvement projects for elderly and disabled veterans through our Volunteer Assistance Program.
Police: After the death of George Floyd, there were eight policies that Richardson citizens were interested in, and I’m proud to say that Richardson Police Department already had all policies of concern implemented, some as long as two decades ago. It is imperative that City Council and Richardson citizens do everything we can to partner with not only RPD but all first responders during this tough time.