Horizon city mayor candidates plan for future growth
Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013, 11:28 PM MDT
By: Stacey Welsh
HORIZON CITY, Texas -- Residents will choose between current Mayor Walter Miller and current City Council member Bill Armas in the race for the city's next mayor.
KFOX14 spoke with the candidates Wednesday, and both seem to agree on issues they say are most important for the city's future growth.
Armas has served on City Council for more than six years, and he said he plans to repair roads. He expects that to attract more businesses and shift the tax burden from homeowners.
"What I want to do is shift it where both commercial and the homeowners are paying an equal balance," Armas said.
Armas also said his focus will be repairing the city's industrial park on Darrington Road to meet this goal and plan for future growth.
"I plan to work with all the developers. I plan to work with the homeowners. I plan to work with home builders and the community to get a good balance," Armas said.
Miller has been mayor for about six years and served on the City Council for more than six years before that.
He said repairs to the industrial park will also be his first big project and work on development already started in his last term.
"We've got significant development starting both at Horizon Boulevard and Darrington and Darrington and Eastlake Drive. I want to continue that," Miller said.
Both candidates said they plan to improve drainage on city streets, but Miller said the city needs to work on having enough money to do so.
"The biggest issue is a financial one. That's why we're pushing this emphasis on attracting commercial growth and manufacturing growth in order to shift some of the tax burden from the residential taxpayers," Miller said.
Since the city attracted national chains like Walmart, the candidates said one of the new mayor's biggest challenges will be managing Horizon City's rapid growth.
Residents will vote on the new mayor Nov. 5.