This column represents the thoughts and opinions of Jason Hennington. This is NOT the opinion of the Taylor Press.
On Monday, April 12, there will be a candidate forum where school board and city council candidates will answer questions submitted by citizens. This will be a public forum, not debate.
In the Sunday, April 18 edition of the Taylor Press, there will be an election guide. Our election guide is a collection of questions that have been compiled, changed and revised over the years, but they all pertain to the citizens’ concerns.
Many of the questions, from both the school and the city, resulted in a similar answer – the next few years . . .
Basically, all of the candidates know that in the next few years Taylor will experience some type of growth. The next three years are actually very important to the next few decades of the community.
New subdivisions are coming in, more people are moving to this area and more businesses will want to make Taylor home.
At the same time, the citizens will want to Taylor to keep the small-town feel it has currently.
That’s possible, but it might come with a cost. The next few years are going to determine if Taylor can keep the small town feel or if it will become a smaller version of Hutto or Round Rock.
Honestly, I don’t think it will boom that much, but everyone keeps saying, “it’s coming.”
Since the boom is indeed on its way, elected officials can’t wait until it gets here to make critical decisions. That may be why certain aspects of the city are in the condition they are in – cough *streets* cough – excuse me.
Those conditions can’t be blamed on the people in office now or who were even in office in the past 10-15 years, maybe a little longer. But, 10 years after the boom has come through, if things have not gotten better or the “boom” was mismanaged, then yeah, we can blame the folks in office now.
That’s a bold statement, I understand that, but it’s better to be transparent and prepared for what’s coming than to make excuses afterwards.
I don’t have any issues with any elected officials, and nobody’s in my pocket (if they were, I’d be driving a Benz not a Kia), but I am going to be honest about the next few years.
It’s not all on the elected officials though, it’s also on the community. Voice your opinion, not on social media, but in a way that it is actually heard by the right people.
Also, VOTE! The elected officials are elected by voters.
The clock is ticking for what’s coming, and eventually it will be here – tic, tic . . . Taylor boom!
I’m going to get off my soapbox now and go watch Wrestlemania, but first I have to say rest in peace to one of my favorite hip-hop artists of all time, DMX. He struggled with his demons, but I hope he is in a better place now.
“If my last breath ain't long, I thank the lord for my life, that way my last breath ain't wrong.”