There’s a powder keg but no spark in the upcoming Leander City Council election, in which five candidates quietly vying for one seat haven’t made a fuss out of their differing views on how to spur development.
One of Leander’s high-priority areas is the district around the Capital Metro station, where the city hopes to plant mixed-use development, but so far, has only been able to lock down agreements with housing developers.
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What he wants to see the city accomplish: “I’d like better balance between residential and commercial development. Right now, residential development is running the show. We could expand the tax base with more commercial development, which gives the city more freedom to actually pay for things that would give them the flexibility to address growth.”
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What he wants to see the city accomplish: “Getting retail development brought to the city. … My view of the city’s growth would be primarily in the T.O.D. (transit oriented development) in the city there, primarily the 2,300 acres around the train station.”
What he wants to see the city accomplish: “The city of Leander needs to bring a solid base of businesses to the city to share the cost of water and the expense of staff and upkeep of the city government. … The way things have gone, we’re not going to be able to be extremely picky. We need to bring the major corporations in that want to come in, the Walmarts, the Costcos, all the restaurant franchises.”
What he wants to see the city accomplish: “I would really like to reduce our tax rate, it’s the highest of any city around here. I’d like to take a look at the budget, see where we can make cuts. … The golf course doesn’t break even, it loses $100,000 a year, and taxpayers have to cover it. … We gave the city manager a raise, and we need to consider why we’re doing that.”
Editor’s note: The fifth candidate, Jerry Perez, 50, who does maintenance work, did not respond to interview requests for this article.