Killeen City Council and mayoral candidates will gather tonight for a candidate forum that looks at Killeen’s future and quality of life for residents.

This panel discussion, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is sponsored by the Killeen Daily Herald and is part of the Herald’s ongoing election coverage.

The goal is to inspire our neighbors to vote in the May 5 election and to help them learn more about the candidates who could become the leaders shaping the community.

Four candidates elected will be in positions to decide how Killeen grows and how to spend residents’ tax money.

Will candidates favor spending money on services, such as police and fire and trash pickup, on roads, water pipes, parks? Will they be paying attention to finances?

The city has limited funding and a spending choice is often a tradeoff — you spend money on one thing but it usually comes with a loss from another.

Killeen had a history of overspending from fiscal years 2007 to 2016, according to the special audit results reported last September.

And, it’s a city with a debt — $238.9 million in principal alone — it is dragging into its future.

It’s also the city some 140,000 of us call home.

The three, at-large council openings have drawn 12 candidates.

Five people are vying for the Killeen mayor’s spot.

Please join candidates and the Herald tonight for the moderated panel discussion of Killeen’s future.

There is no cost. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For more election information, go to the Herald’s Center for Politics at kdhnews.com/centerforpolitics.

Killeen Candidate Forum

  • When: 6:30 p.m. today, doors open at 6 p.m.
  • Where: Killeen Civic & Conference Center, 3601 South W.S. Young Drive
  • Cost: Free admission

254-501-7469 | rosef@kdhnews.com

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