Michael Steenberge for Granite Shoals Texas City Council   
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I Voted Sticker - Granite Shoals Texas City Council Election"Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man [sic] can be called to perform; that a man [sic] may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own. "

Daniel Webster, The Works of Daniel Webster (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1853), Vol. II, p. 108.



Get to know the candidate: listen to 4 minute Steenbergen speech in previous campaign against Bill Rosenburg for State Democratic Committee
Get to know the candidate: listen to 1 minute Steenbergen speech on the most critical issues facing the City of Granite Shoals Texas.


Issues: The Common Good

Granite Shoals Texas is a City of about 5000 citizens and only around 200 of those citizens voted our current city government into office. With such low voter turnout it is far too easy for the interests of small special groups to take precedence over the needs of the community. We must increase citizen engagement and participation in order to have a truly representative government that makes decisions for the common good.

Steenbergen sees a lack of Hispanic voter input in a city that is predominately Hispanic.  Being bilingual, living on the border of Texas for years, Steenbergen has always promoted voter input from all voters and has always held a great respect for the Hispanic heritage of Texas.   

Engaging the citizens of Granite Shoals in City Council City Government, and City sponsored activities should be given high priority.  Democracy works best if the eligible voting population is directly engaged through both social and political gatherings.  A year ago when I campaigned I proposed that a city funded “Festival” should be developed and on April 23rd of 2016, the city funded festival did occur in honor of the City's 50th Birthday or anniversary of it's incorporation.  Yet this should not be a one time, 50 year event...it should be an annual celebration of Granite Shoals.   And it should include at a minimum sports contests, hiking events, fishing competitions, local talent contests, and music festivals throughout the year, all leading up to a big annual fall celebration that coincides with the beginning of school and highlights education and community involvement.

The City needs to create an atmosphere of openness and welcoming towards businesses.    

Efforts to develop a modern waste-water system should continue.   

The roads need to be developed and engineered for the future. 

The possibility of investing in a golf course at the same time as an effluent system is implemented should be considered. 

The parks and sports activities for youth such as basketball courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, volleyball nets should all be developed further. 

The investment in the City Hall and property should be maximized for the greatest return for local citizens.   

Michael Steenbergen released the following updated statement on local issues on April 18, 2016:

Candidate’s Statement from Michael Steenbergen
Election for Place 6, Granite Shoals City Council, May 7, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016

             After filing to run for Granite Shoals City Council last year, I was approached by business owners that felt the city was opposing business development.  This year, again after filing to run for office, I was approached by more business owners with the same story of problems with opening locations or starting up.  I remain committed to expanding the economic base of our city by creating a welcoming atmosphere and outreach program to attract new development.  We need to be inviting new businesses to locate in the area, not discouraging them.

            Taxing authority and city asset management such as buying and selling property are being controlled by a group of 7 council members, counting the Mayor, that were voted into office by only around 200 citizens out of a population of 5000 for Granite Shoals, Texas.  We need to have more of the registered voters (around 2300) to participate so that decisions like spending millions on an elaborate city complex, increasing sales taxes, selling city property including parks, and eliminating the airport are decided by a substantial proportion of our community, and not just a small group of developers or citizens.  We also need to engage more citizens to encourage voter registration and committee participation so that city government truly reflects the community and population.

            I oppose the convoluted tax propositions, both Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 because they are an ambiguous method of increasing the city sales tax without stating that is the result.  The propositions make no sense when combined, or passed separately and are extremely hard for the ordinary citizen to understand.  The council is also asking to repeal a tax increase that they just put into effect to relieve property taxes. Vote no on new tax propositions until the city council provides for a clearly stated tax structure for our city.  I am in favor of increasing the sales tax but want to do it where the citizens and voter’s understand what is happening.

            Streets, parks and new infrastructure need to remain the focus of a new city council that is more representative of the voters in Granite Shoals.  I have a background in working with the public and task oriented groups.  I am more than qualified as a local property owner to sit on the city council and provide the “Voice of the People!”  I ask for your vote in the May 7th election.

           

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Website: www.graniteshoals.us   Email: michael@michaelsteenbergen.com   Phone: 512-234-5348

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