Shirley Fleming

District 1 Councilwoman Shirley Fleming voiced her stance on the Dec. 17 vote during her district advisory meeting on Monday.

Killeen Councilwoman Shirley Fleming and her advisory committee said they will conduct a petition drive for the city to reconsider charging developers and builders impact fees.

The fee is intended to pay for all or a portion of the costs of providing public services to new private development, according to the American Planning Association. This could include infrastructure leading up to the development. Infrastructure within the development is paid by developers.

Starting Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m., any resident who is in support of the one-time fee, can sign the petition that will be located at 1808 E. Rancier Avenue. It will be available every Wednesday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. until further notice.

“We want to make this work,” Fleming said.

The Killeen City Council had voted 4-3 against the city staff’s recommendation to impose the one-time charge. The vote came after almost 10 years of discussion among the council.

The city’s taxpayers currently pay for roads and water and wastewater pipes leading up to a new development. At the same time, cash-strapped Killeen had a backlog of repairs needed on older streets in front of residents’ existing homes.

One of the District 1 advisory board members, Reginald “David” Cole, said residents “no longer want to pay for future growth.”

Jack Ralston, also a District 1 advisory board member, said that until the city comes up with an alternative idea about how to pay for growth, he will support impact fees.

According to the group, the petition will read: “We the citizens of Killeen, Texas, petition the city to bring back impact fees on the agenda.”

“It is straight and to the point,” Fleming said.

Another local is thinking of starting a petition on the same subject.

Former council candidate Leo Gukeisen told the Herald Friday he is looking into starting a petition in an attempt to also have the council reconsider the matter.

Gukeisen is on the council agenda today but it’s to clarify nationwide construction statistics he cited during last month’s discussion on impact fees.

Those who wish to sign Fleming’s petition but are unable to go to the location can call Fleming at 254-290-0521 or committee member Ed Brown at 254-681-1300.

Fleming said either herself or Brown “can come to them so they can sign it.” There will also be an online petition to sign as well. As of Monday, no link was established.

Across town Monday evening, Councilwoman Debbie Nash-King held her monthly forum.

Nash-King, who voted against impact fees, told the Herald “as a councilwoman I respect each of my council member’s decision that was made. At this time, I am still against impact fees.”

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(1) comment

Alvin

Copy from the KDH: 'Killeen councilwoman's group spearheads petition drive on impact fees'. End of copy.

Congratulations go to Councilwoman Ms. Shirley Fleming on taking the initiative to 'buck the one sided city council and take it to the people of Killeen, Texas, It's a shame that this city is governed by a simple majority of only 4 council members can rule what this city does. So people, get out and sign the petition so you can once again initiate a vote of the city council that will change what should have been done , as they say 10 years ago.

As far as starting other petitions, I would suggest that the other 3 city council persons either start their own petition or endorse the District one petition and make sure the petition reads exactly the same for we don't want the city to cry 'foul' on the wording of the petition. I again suggest that for fairness each of you additional city council persons initiate a petition to give your District people a chance to sign the petition so every one is afforded the same and equal opportunity as District one is going to get.

Copy from the KDH: 'Across town Monday evening, Councilwoman Debbie Nash-King held her monthly forum.

Nash-King, who voted against impact fees, told the Herald “as a councilwoman I respect each of my council member’s decision that was made. At this time, I am still against impact fees.” End of copy.

To Councilwoman Debbie Nash-King I say, 'it's not for your city council members you have to agree with, but what about your District Two constituents and as to whether or not they have an opinion as to what they think about impact fees. So I would suggest that you provide your District Two with the voice and can sign the petition. You may be against the imposition of impact fees but what about your District constituents?

And to the remaining two Districts, #3 and #4, I suggest you go with the petition as you also have citizens who would like to have the opportunity to voice an opinion as to whether or not this council is correct in stating categorically to not charge the home builders a fee that is for their benefit alone and will give some respite to the citizens of Killeen, Texas.

I suggest, 'go out and sign the petition to get the city council to ask for a re-vote of this mistake'. It's your city too.

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