The featured speaker at the Harker Heights Rotary Club’s regular weekly meeting April 24 was one of its own.
City Manager and Rotarian David Mitchell presented his State of the City address and shared how much the city has grown.
Mitchell said in 1960 there were fewer than 1,000 people living in Heights. Today, more than 28,000 people call Harker Heights home.
There was a rapid rise in growth beginning in 2004 when more than 400 residential permits were issued, he said. In 2005 there were 877.
“That was our historic growth peak,” said Mitchell adding that there has been an increase of 11,000 people in the city since 1960, which is about 800 new residents per year. “Taxable property values have skyrocketed.”
In 1994-1995, the city was at $300 million in taxable value. Today, that number stands at $1.4 billion.
Sales taxes also have grown.
In 1992-1993, the city was at about $500,000.
“The latest figures are $5.5 million,” Mitchell said.
Both Mitchell and the Harker Heights City Council are looking at the development overlay district that is along Farm-to-Market 2410.
Mitchell also filled Rotarians in on future construction projects, to include work on Comanche Gap Road, Pecan Drive, and Highland Oaks at FM 2410.
Bridgework will be complete this summer and sewer expansion is planned to the east stretching to Levi Crossing.
“I’m excited to be back in Harker Heights,” Mitchell said. “Many of the staff are still here and I am sincere when I say they do great work.”