“Thanks to everyone who voted on the 2014 bond election. Your voice does make a difference! Now, let’s get moving on using these bonds to fund needed improvements to our streets, parks and other facilities—the basic services we need to improve our quality of life, attract new business and keep Fort Worth the best city in Texas.”

Mayor Betsy Price

 

The ‘to-do’ list to keep Fort Worth moving forward

My, the past two years have been a whirlwind, but it’s been a great honor to serve my hometown as your mayor. Together — with you, our business community, city staff and my fellow council members — we accomplished a lot:

  • We secured the city’s pension fund.
  • We leveraged local funds with private investment to stretch your hard earned tax dollars.
  • We lowered crime through intelligent and community policing.
  • We raised the bar on reaching out to neighborhoods and engaging citizens in meaningful conversations about addressing challenges and seizing opportunities.
  • We made headway in breaking down silos and making government work faster and smarter.
  • We remained steadfast in our efforts to give citizens more options when it comes to transportation.
  • And, we have our whole community thinking about how to lead more active and healthy lifestyles.

But, if you know me, you know that I don’t plan to slow down. I’m energized, and much work remains if we are to leave Fort Worth better than we found it. So, here are a few of the things on our to-do-list over the next two years.

1. Get the city’s budget back in check

It’s time for city management and the City Council to make the tough decisions to bring expenses in line with revenues. It won’t be easy. But, if we muster the political will to get over this hump in the fall, I believe Fort Worth can look ahead with a bright future where we can invest in our community needs and priorities. Stay tuned, as we will soon ask all citizens to share their thoughts on their vision for the FY 2014 city budget.

2. Implement bold strategies to improve customer service and promote civic engagement

Your City Council is committed to more efficient, smarter government, and we plan to continue our effort to consolidate the city’s various call centers to a single, convenient customer service model. We must also retool Fort Worth’s website to deliver expanded services and mobile capability. Instead of getting in line at city hall or municipal court, we should allow citizens to get online to take care of business. We must also create a single, comprehensive public engagement strategy that allows all citizens to provide meaningful input on everyday services or special initiatives. And, Fort Worth must make public information and other public data readily available, and accessible to citizens and civic entrepreneurs.

3. Improve mobility

We’ve made progress to move on streets and other projects from previous bond programs. Dirt is also flying on major improvements to our highway network, including I-35, northeast Loop 820 and Chisholm Trail Parkway in southwest Fort Worth. Yes, the construction is frustrating, but it will get better in 2014 and beyond.

However, we can’t continue to just pour more concrete for more cars and trucks. We must give serious attention to other transportation options. The City Council sent a strong message in support of future commuter rail and bus service with the overhaul of The T Board several months ago. We expect the new board and The T staff to deliver on the promise to open the next leg of commuter rail service (connecting downtown to DFW Airport) by 2016. And, that should be just the beginning.

We will also continue to encourage reinvestment in our central city to slow urban sprawl, slow our growing infrastructure costs and give citizens new options to live closer to work or school, which takes cars off our congested highways and reduces long commutes. As we develop our urban centers, we will continue to add other transportation options like convenient bus transit, bike sharing, safe pedestrian and bicycle paths and more.

4. Maintain our momentum with a new bond program in 2014

We’ve broken the logjam of major infrastructure projects, and the money from previous bond programs is all but spent. It’s time for the city to go back to citizens and ask how they would like to spend the next $250-$275 million in bond program funds. This includes streets, parks and other city facilities and infrastructure. We anticipate this bond program to go to citizens for a vote in May of 2014, but not without significant input from you. Stay posted and watch how you can shape the project list for the next several years.

5. Develop a sustainable water strategy

We should have a serious conversation about how we ensure future generations have the same access to water as we do. Water is a tough challenge that requires us to think 30 to 50 years ahead. Building more pipelines and more lakes is extraordinarily expensive and takes years of planning, design and construction — not to mention the property disputes that come with such major public projects. Water is relatively inexpensive today, and it’s easy to forget about the expense and complexities of making sure water comes out of that faucet when you turn the knob.

Instead of going in and out of various water restrictions, I believe we can do a better job in adopting a long-term solution to conserve water today so our children and our grandchildren enjoy the same opportunities and we have today. It may cost us a little more upfront, and it may require us to change some of our habits, but if we don’t get serious about water today, current and future generations will pay dearly.

6. Promote a fit city

We’ve made great strides in promoting the importance of health, active lifestyles over the last two years. Businesses, schools and neighborhood are getting involved. We’ll keep walking and cycling in neighborhoods. And, we will soon roll out a new website to encourage residents to set personal wellness and fitness goals. I believe we can build a city where people live healthier, longer lives. Being well-known as a fit city will go a long way to continue our progress to attract new businesses and jobs to Fort Worth.

Along with the staples of any strong city — public safety, quality education, code compliance, libraries, parks and other services — my focus over the next two years will be fiscal accountability, customer service and civic engagement, mobility, infrastructure, water, health and wellness …

That’s my bucket list, but I want to hear about yours. It’s your Fort Worth, and I want to know your thoughts on where our focus should be. Drop me a line at betsy.price@fortworthtexas.gov or on Facebook or Twitter. You can also call my office at 817-392-6118.

I want to thank my City Council colleagues for the important work they are doing to make every section of our city a better place to live, work and play. They are fantastic partners. And, I thank my family, friends, and the citizens of Fort Worth for allowing me to do what I love-serve my hometown.

Let’s continue to talk and work together to ensure Fort Worth’s rightful place at the top of this list of the greatest cities on earth!

 

 

Fort Worth Bike Sharing Kickoff

What a wonderful day for Fort Worth! We now have a new way to get around town! Find out how you can get riding at: http://fortworthbikesharing.org/. Thanks to all of the sponsors, the Bike Sharing team, and all of the volunteers who made this day possible. Very special!

 

At Burnett Park

ScottsMiracle-Gro Gro1000 Event

Thank you to ScottsMiracle-Gro for their generous donation to open the Fort Worth Children’s Vegetable Garden!

We opened our new Children’s Vegetable Garden at the Botanic Garden, thanks to a $25,000 gift from ScottsMiracle-Gro! We hope to have some pumpkin-sized tomatos out here soon. Come and see it!

 

Susan G. Komen Tailgate Contest

Mayor Price had a great time judging the tailgate contest at Susan G Komen!

Mayor Price and her husband at the For the Love of Betsy Fundraiser

To register for this fundraiser, click here.

 

Mayor Price Will Seek Re-election

“When you work every single day for the city you love…the city where you were raised … where you raised your own family… where your values were instilled… it gives you a sense of pride I cannot describe. It just adds to the passion I have for Fort Worth. And I am here today to announce I will seek reelection… and ask you for your support to serve another term as your Mayor.” – Mayor Price announcement

“I’ve been out in every neighborhood meeting with teachers, working with parents, visiting CEOs and small-business owners and helping civic leaders, especially in parts of Fort Worth that need a helping hand. And thanks to the hard work of city leaders like you see here today – and the passionate City Councilmembers that I am proud to call my partners, we have made our city a better place these past two years.” – Mayor Price announcement

Flanked by news cameras, Mayor Price discusses her decision to seek re-election

 

Snowball Express 2012

Thank you to all the Fort Worth citizens who came out in huge numbers to pour your hearts out to these children who lost a parent in the wars since Sept. 11, 2001. I think we knocked their socks off!

We had such a great time. God bless America! And God bless these wonderful families!

 

JFK Tribute

John F. Kennedy Tribute Ceremony

 

Marine Park Pool Groundbreaking

Great event to kick off the construction of the new Marine Park Family Aquatics Center in Northside. Should be open by Memorial Day 2013.

 

Brighter Outlook Back to School Party

Thanks to Office Depot, Brighter Outlook, TarrantNET and others, hundreds of children in our historic Stop Six neighborhood today got some greatly needs school supplies and clothes.

Fort Worth is very fortunate to have caring corporate citizens like Office Depot!

 

Event: Tarrant County Back2School Roundup Kick Off!

We had a great time this morning with the kiddos and my fellow elected leaders to kick off the Tarrant County Back2School Roundup. All children deserve the chance to start off the school year right with the supplies they need to succeed! Those families that meet eligibility requirements must pre-register by August 1. Learn more by calling 211 or at www.backtoschoolroundup.org.

 

Event: FWPD Class 130 Graduation

The members of FWPD Class 130 recieved their badges and can now call themselves police officers for our great city.

 

Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center School Visit

Had a great time today visting the young people at Fort Worth ISD’s Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center.

The students have been working very hard on their garden, and in fact, they just recieved a $5,000 grant for the Intelligent Use of Water Award from Rain Bird Corporation. Their project, called the Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) Rain Collection Project, collects water for irrigation of a small orchard and a native plant area. The students plan to use the grant money to expand the existing rainwater collection system.

 

Event: Tour de Fort Worth from the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel

Thank you to everyone that came out for a Tour de Fort Worth Ride!

 

Event: Memorial Day at Mount Olivet Cemetery

Paralyzed Veterans of America Lone Star Chapter

Mount Olivet Cemetery

 

Event: Frank Kent Honda Words for Wheels Winners

Taking home the grand prize Honda Civic was Robyn Sims from Fort Worth ISD’s Paschal High School. The other three finalists included Irisbethsi Castro from Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, Nayeli Lopez from Trimble Tech High School and Jacqueline Navarette from North Side High School. Good job girls! Here’s the winning essay: http://www.fwisd.org/News/Documents/2012_sims-robyn-essay.pdf

 

FWISD School Visits – Trimble Tech & Daggett Montessori

I had the opportunity to visit with students at Trimble Tech HS and Daggett Montessori School. Both are outstanding FWISD schools, part of the Schools of Choice program. It’s great that we have a school district that provides our young people and their parents with options for education.

I especially liked the “No Slacking Anytime” sign I found at Tech!

 

 

Event: United Way Wild About Reading

 

 

 

Event: Tour de Fort Worth First Ride 2012

Thank you to everyone that came out for the first Tour de Fort Worth Ride of 2012

 

Event: 2012 Cowtown Marathon

Congratulations to all the participants of the 2012 Cowtown Marathon! This is what a healthy Fort Worth is all about.

Mayor Besty Price at the Cowtown Marathon

 

Event: July 8, 2011 Friday Night Drags at Texas Motor Speedway

Betsy Price takes off against Beth Van Duyne, Mayor of Irving

Betsy Price greets the public as she gets ready to participate in Friday Night Drags presented by Scion at Texas Motor Speedway.

Betsy Price next to her drag racing car.

 

 

“Thank you Fort Worth for your support.”

Betsy

 

 

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