Keller, Texas

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Keller is a city in Tarrant County, Texas. It is a wealthy northern suburb of the city of Fort Worth and is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The population is 37,685 at the year of 2007, but 2010 estimates have been released and been reported as the population will be reaching 40,127.

Website evaluation

In 2011 Keller earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

This site was most recently evaluated on March 7, 2013.

The good

  • Budget
    • The current budget is published.[1]
    • Budgets are archived to 2004.[2]
  • Audit
    • Audit reports are available.[3]
    • Audits are archived to 2005.[4]
  • Elected Officials
    • Includes the names and contact information of all city council members.[5]
  • Meetings
    • City council meeting agendas and minutes are published.[6]
    • Information archived to 2008.
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[7]
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits are posted.[8]
    • Zoning information is available.[9]
  • Contracts
    • Information on contracts is available.[10]
    • Awarded bids are posted and archived to 2007.[11]
  • Public Records
  • Taxes
    • Local tax information is available.[13]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • There is no information on lobbying.

City Council

The Keller City Council is composed of a Mayor and six Council members in places designated as 1 through 6, all elected at-large for three-year terms by registered voters within the city limits of Keller. City Council Place 6 was added and terms extended to three years with citizen approval of amendments to the City Charter in November of 2010.[5]

With these Charter amendments, the Mayor and City Council places 5 and 6 shall be elected for the initial three year term in 2011 and every three years thereafter. Council places 1 and 2 shall run through the year 2012 and shall be elected every three years thereafter. Council places 3 and 4 shall run through 2013 and shall be elected every three years thereafter.[5]

Under the provisions of the City Charter, and subject only to the limitations imposed by the Texas Constitution, State law, and the City Charter, the City Council enacts local legislation, adopts the annual operating budget, and sets policy.[5]

Regular City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Keller Town Hall. Meetings generally start with a Pre-Council meeting at 5:00 PM, followed by the Regular City Council meeting at 7:00 PM. All City Council meetings are open to the public.[5]

Position Name Elected Term Expires
Mayor Pat McGrail May 2007 2011
Council Member
Mayor Pro Tem
Ray Brown May 2007 2012
Council Member John Baker May 2008 2012
Council Member Tom Cawthra May 2008 2013
Council Member Jim Thompson May 2008 2013
Council Member Mitch Holmes May 2003 2011
Council Member VACANT May 2011 2014

City Manager

The City Manager's Office consists of the City Manager, two Assistant City Managers, an Executive Secretary, Keller Town Hall Receptionist, and Facility Maintenance. The purpose of the department is to maintain and enhance the partnership among citizens, elected officials, and city employees through efficient and effective management of all public services.[14]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

Main article: Texas Municipal League members list

Keller pays membership dues to the Texas Municipal League, a government sector lobbying association.

External links

City of Keller