Category Archives: City of Weatherford

Municipal board continues talks on service rates

Weatherford DowntownRates on the rise? 

From the Weatherford Democrat, By TYLER MASK, 07/25/14 –

As part of an ongoing discussion, the City of Weatherford Municipal Utilities Board Thursday was taken through part two of the rate-making process for the city’s proposed capital improvement plan. The result of this plan will have a direct impact on utility rates for city customers.

At a special called board meeting on July 8, during the Financial Forecast Model Update, the board decided on 50 percent debt and 50 percent cash for funding for capital improvement plan projects and to have rate increases phase in over a three-year period with projected rates impacting years 2015-2019 – until the next study.

The current system results for rate increases, according to the study conducted by NewGen Strategies and Solutions, are:

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WISD board preps for bond survey

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From the Weatherford Democrat, By Christin Coyne, 07/19/14 –

In preparation for a bond election, the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees Thursday approved contracting with a firm to conduct a survey of Weatherford ISD voters.

The survey, which would be conducted by Baselice & Associates, could measure support and opposition to potential bond proposals, help identify the best price-point for a bond package and measure support for various elements of a bond package, according to board packet information.

Baselice & Associates is a national research organization out of Austin that has conducted more than 2,200 research projects over the last 17 years, trustees were told.

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Utility board reviews utility fund debt

From Weatherford Democrat, By TYLER MASK, July 9, 2014 –

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Weatherford’s Chandor Gardens

As a part of an ongoing discussion, the Weatherford Municipal Utilities Board Tuesday afternoon convened in a special board session to hear a presentation from City of Weatherford Finance Director David Croft regarding the utility fund debt review as of June 2014, and to learn more about the cost of service and rate design study from NewGen Strategies and Solutions.

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New teacher evaluation plan to help enhance learning, effectiveness

Does TAAP, WISD’s new “teacher evaluation plan” take into consideration teacher effectiveness by looking at how much our kids are actually learning, or is it simply another ‘smoke and mirror’ exercise in subjectivity?
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With his retirement looming at the end of the month, Crosby – the outgoing Executive Director of Human Resources – presented the WISD Board of Trustees a new Teacher Alternative Appraisal Plan (TAAP) that has been in the works since 2009 and piloted at several schools for the past three years. The plan was approved by a unanimous vote.

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Why I am voting for Tiffany Branson – WISD Board of Trustees, Place 6

UPDATE: Congratulations Tiffany on your successful campaign for WISD Board of Trustees, Place 6!

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by Lenny Leatherman –

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Election for WISD Board of Trustees – May 10th.

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Tiffany Branson says she is a Christian conservative.

Her life is a demonstration of those conservative principles.

Branson demonstrated the importance of education in her own life by earning a BBA in Finance from UNT in 2000 and J.D. from SMU in 2003.

Unlike her opponent – Branson has a vested interest in the decisions made by the WISD board, because she pays property taxes in Parker County!

Unlike her opponent – Branson exercises her civic duty to vote! How could she ask for your vote if she doesn’t vote herself?

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WISD School Board Election – choose wisely

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By Lenny Leatherman –

I believe it is our responsibility as members of the community to diligently search for the most qualified people to serve on our boards and committees.

Many of us spend a substantial amount of time choosing the best from among a large field of candidates for public office.  Unfortunately, we often neglect to vet candidates for positions on local school boards.

How much do you actually know about WISD school board candidates?

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More Accounta-Belle

As you read the following Weatherford Democrat article, please consider these questions:

1. Why did Weatherford ISD audit a non-profit organization?

2. Why did WISD Superintendent Jeffrey Hanks use WISD employees to conduct the audit?

3. Was that a proper use of WISD resources?

4. Does Superintendent Hanks have authority to use WISD resources that are paid for with your taxes in whatever manner he chooses?

5. How long will it be before Hanks is back with an urgent plea for more tax dollars?

6. Am I the only taxpayer who finds Hanks’ actions troubling?

Speak up!

Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.  – Deitrich Bonhoeffer

Lenny Leatherman –

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Questions raised about Blue Belles Parent Club’s finances, operations leading to change

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From Weatherford Democrat, By SALLY SEXTON, 02/05/14 –

After more than a year of questions regarding financial practices of the Blue Belles Parent Club, including the inability of an outside group to perform a financial audit of the non-profit booster club, steps are being taken to ensure better practices and organization.

Amy Wilkins, a parent of a Weatherford High School Blue Belle who also serves on the Weatherford ISD Council of PTA Officers, said she first began noticing issues in December of 2012 after a breakdown in communication at a Blue Belles event.

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Parker County TEA Party Monthly Meeting

tea_party_logo-2When: September 12th

Where: Victory Baptist Church, 1311 E. Bankhead Dr., Weatherford, TX

Time: 7:00-8:00 pm

ATTENTION ALL PARKER COUNTY RESIDENTS:

Parker County Judge, Mark Riley will be discussing current and future Transportation issues. Among the items to be discussed are the Ric Williamson Loop and the Walsh Ranch development.

Is Light Rail coming to Parker County?

Is a Rapid Transit system in our future?

Join us for an informal meeting where you can ask questions and learn more about transportation developments in Parker County.

See you there!

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A Trial Balloon

By Frank Williford –

tax_man-1A small note in the Weatherford Democrat stated the Weatherford City Council is considering a two cent raise in the real estate tax mil-rate. The City Manager doesn’t think it will be possible to avoid it. Maybe, if no one notices this tax increase can go down quietly and the city management will have validated they are doing a great job. The tax payers should look at the matter more closely and they will conclude they are being ripped off by a city management hostile to the taxpayer.

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The WISD leadership should be held accountable. Liberal spending must stop

Bob & Janelle Shepard

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by Bob & Janelle Shepard, April 5, 2013 – I would like to express my opposition to the proposed $107.32 million Weatherford ISD bond package. While this bond does address some needed issues, it is packaged with overpriced, unneeded construction projects. Why the WISD Board of Trustees and administration have chosen to offer a general bond over a specific-use bond should not be lost on those who are looking only at the positives within the package.

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