Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher
HALTOM CITY, TX, October 14, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Although the current Haltom City Council has members who have held management jobs, it does not have any members who have had substantial experience starting, owning or operating a small business in Haltom City.
“Nobody on the City Council have been through the process to get a permit to start a business here,” Joe Palmer, Communications Director for Haltom United Business Alliance , said. This group of local businesspeople is committed to making the city more entrepreneur-friendly and to bringing more small businesses into the city. Ron Sturgeon, a long-standing Haltom City businessman, said that it would be beneficial to have a few small businesses owners on the City Council.
During the 2020 election cycle, HUBA sent an issues questionnaire to all the candidates for Haltom City Mayor and for Haltom City Council that addressed issues of concern to the local business community, such as the proper role of government in regulating the number of a particular kind of business in the city, sign rules and regulations, the city’s table of uses, liquor sales in Haltom City and plans for redeveloping NE 28th Street, said Sturgeon. Sturgeon said that they received only one response from candidates, which was mailed to all eligible voters. This candidate didn’t meet the residency requirements and ended up withdrawing.
“All the candidates for City Council last year claimed that they were business-friendly, but they haven’t done much to support that claim,” said Sturgeon.
Haltom City Council have not accepted HUBA’s proposal to make minor changes to the Haltom City Sign Ordinance. HUBA has also not suggested that the city track inquiries by entrepreneurs looking to open businesses in Haltom City. HUBA has also not requested that the city expand its membership to the city’s economic development committees for local business owners who don’t live in the city. HUBA presented a third-party report with recommendations to bring more small businesses into Haltom City. However, it was not taken into consideration.
“Many Haltom City residents know that a vibrant small-business community is essential to the quality and life of the city. They want more choices and opportunities for employment.” said Sturgeon.
Some in Haltom City believe HUBA is a group of special interests trying to “takeover the city”. Palmer said that while we are a special interest group representing Haltom City businesses, we are not different from activists for better streets and lower taxes, or the fire PAC lobbyists who lobby for the fire department.
“We want to see two council seats held by people who have owned a business.” Sturgeon said that while two of seven seats is not a takeover, the council’s insularity and resistance to change are evident. He suggested that they need 2 businesspeople on the city council to gain more experience.
Business owners or others interested in running for a seat on Haltom City Council should contact HUBA Communications Director Joe Palmer at [email protected] or (682) 310-0591.
About Haltom United Business Alliance
Haltom United Business Alliance (HUBA) wants to give members of Haltom City’s business community an advocate and to keep those businesses informed about issues that affect them. They want to ensure that Haltom City is business-friendly and foster small business growth. The city will be able to attract new businesses and expand existing ones, which will increase its tax base. This will enable it to pay first responders wages that are comparable with those in other cities and will also improve the facilities and infrastructure of Haltom City. Anybody who is a resident of Haltom City can join. Dues are $20 annually or $50 for a lifetime membership, and membership is 100% confidential. To join, contact Joe Palmer at (682) 310-0591 or by email at [email protected]. Visit Haltom United Business Alliance’s Facebook page.
About Haltom City
Haltom City is a medium-sized city between Dallas and Fort Worth in Tarrant County, TX. The city is diverse and majority working class, with a growing population that is approximately 10% Asian-American and 45% Hispanic. Haltom City benefits from being only minutes from both DFW Airport and Downtown Fort Worth, with direct access to major highways including I-820 and SH-121. A once-thriving automotive industry was one of the many small businesses that provided services and products to residents. There has been a decrease in the number of small businesses in the city, particularly automotive businesses. The median household income has increased by 8% over the past year, making it a financially healthy city. There is potential for Haltom City to grow through the development of undeveloped land, vacant buildings, and other opportunities in major corridors near its center. Although the city has a good staff and a city manger who are interested in seeing more business, they cannot do so unless directed by the City Council.
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