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Where does about half of your City property tax money go this year? To pay the debt on infrastructure: new City roads, new Water Treatment Plant, new South Wastewater Treatment Plant, new East Wastewater Treatment Plant, new water storage tanks, new pump stations and new water lines, new Police Station, upgraded City electric distribution and other big-ticket items. These projects are too large to be paid for in a single year and are needed now, so the City borrows money and pays it back over the life of the new asset. Granbury residents get a better quality of life because of these continued improvements. It’s all explained in the online award winning Budget Book. Building all this infrastructure that is required now and in the future is how the City of Granbury is working to meet the needs for our residents.
Why did the City tax rate go up half a cent this year? Simply put: to buy two new fire trucks. These two trucks cost $2 million. The City needs to retire old outdated and worn out fire trucks.
“Lakeview Landing” is the name of a visionary partnership with Granbury City Council, City leadership and Economic Development staff. What’s been on the drawing board for five years is now 47 acres of development taking shape on the shore of Lake Granbury near Highway 377 at 144. The results will be expanded infrastructure, multi-use commercial and residential development, and a new center of activity with an expanded quality of life—all at no financial risk to the City’s residents. Watch Lakeview Landing rise and you’ll see how the City of Granbury is working for residents.
While a moratorium is in place, the area’s largest healthcare organization, Lake Granbury Medical Center, has partnered with the City to build a new freestanding Emergency Facility on “the Fort Worth side of town.” Opening early next summer, the ER will provide critical healthcare and new jobs. Being the first development at Highway 377 at Fall Creek Highway, the ER is sure to attract additional companies interested in growing in Granbury. It’s your City working for residents.
Granbury Nissan is spending $20 million turning undeveloped land into new and used car sales and repairs, and a bagel shop. That’s right, Einstein Bros. Bagels will have their first ever neighborhood shop inside Granbury Nissan. After working with the City’s Economic Development and Community Development teams, when the new location is ready, Granbury Nissan will move there and offer vehicles, a smear, and create 50 jobs as the current location becomes a farm equipment sales location. It’s one more way the City of Granbury is working for residents.
The City is training and equipping volunteer firefighters who love to serve. Seventy-five firefighters from 19 departments recently had hands-on exercises at the Granbury Volunteer Fire Department Training Field. Using real cars, they learned how to safely get people out of wrecked cars. They saw close-up how a small fire spreads when given oxygen. The City of Granbury is funding volunteers to be trained to fight fires.
Granbury Police have a lot more eyes on the roads. Newly installed license plate reader cameras are constantly watching over the city, helping find missing people and track down stolen cars. Already they have led to arrests in multiple cases. Using technology to help the police be more effective is one of the many ways the City of Granbury is working for residents’ safety.