Pillow Talk – Starts Now

by Perry Pillow, AATC

A key election fatigue precursor occurs December 9th–the candidate filing deadline for the 2020 elections. On December 10th, the field of Texans running for president, congress, state senate, state representative, county commissioner, judge, and the constable will be set.

AATC anticipates more than 100 AATC service-area candidates competing for your vote in the March 3, 2020, primary election. Post-primary, you can expect approximately 50 candidates vigorously vying for your vote again in the November 3, 2020, general election.

Presidential election years make primary and general election outcome predictions difficult.  Even the most reliable, data-driven pundits increase the margin-of-errors. Increased fudge factors aside, AATC’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) will meet on December 17th to make initial candidate assessments. On January 17th, the GAC will make contributions recommendations to the AATC Political Action Committee (AATC PAC) Board of Trustees.

Between December 10thand January 17th, AATC members and staff will meet with candidates and assess how the candidate’s views align with AATC’s mission.

Now until November 2020 AATC proactively engages in the election process. AATC approaches the election cycle in a slow, methodical method; thereby, minimizing the debilitating effect of election fatigue.

Is it November 3, 2020, yet?

AATC PAC UPDATE– Thank you to everyone that participated in the Monster Mash Top Golf event and our 2019 Epicurean Dinner AATC PAC fundraisers. Because of your generosity, AATC PAC continues to be one of the largest sources of campaign funds for Tarrant County candidates. Your donations enable AATC PAC to contribute more than $32,000 to the Texas Apartment Association Political Action Committee (TAA PAC) during the TAA fall board of directors meeting held in October at Live by Loews in Arlington.

JOIN AN AATC ADVOCACY TEAM– Our Advocacy Teams are hard at work on your behalf in cities throughout Tarrant County. Advocacy team members meet and vet candidates for public office.  This personal engagement enhances AATC’s GAC & PAC trustees’ candidate evaluation process.  Advocacy teams host property tours, attend city council meetings, and engage in local issues that affect our industry. If you live, own, or operate properties in Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, our Advocacy Teams need you. If you know elected or government officials, our Advocacy Teams need you.  If you would like to be on an advocacy team, contact Perry Pillow at ppillow@aatcnet.orgor (817) 616-0354.

2020 AATC MUNICIPAL FEE SURVEY – Property taxes and municipal fees are significant expenses for AATC members. Cities and school districts annually enact new tax rates and fees. These new rates and fees are effective October 1. AATC annually updates this information on our website (https://www.aatcnet.org/local-fees–taxes.html).  Below is a quick summary of the Fiscal Year 2020 taxes and fees for the largest cities in Tarrant County.

Fort Worth:
Population: 895,008;
Tax Rate (per $100 valuation): $0.7475;
Annual Per Unit Inspection Fee:  $10;
Water Rate (per 100 cubic feet):  $2.69.

Arlington:
Population: 398,112;
Tax Rate (per $100 valuation): $0.6240;
Annual Per Unit Inspection Fee:  $13.80;
Water Rate (per 100 cubic feet):  $3.38.

North Richland Hills:
Population:  70,836;
Tax Rate (per $100 valuation): $0.5720;
Annual Per Unit Inspection Fee:  $12;
Water Rate (per 100 cubic feet):  $8.78.

Mansfield:
Population: 70,981;
Tax Rate (per $100 valuation): $0.7100;
Annual Per Unit Inspection Fee:  none;
Water Rate (per 100 cubic feet):  $3.72.

Euless:
Population: 57,346;
Tax Rate (per $100 valuation): $0.4625;
Annual Per Unit Inspection Fee:  $10 (capped at $1,200);
Water Rate (per 100 cubic feet):  $5.03.

Grapevine:
Population: 53,976;
Tax Rate (per $100 valuation):  $0.2842;
Annual Per Unit Inspection Fee:  $0;
Water Rate (per 100 cubic feet):  $3.95.

Bedford:
Population: 49,464;
Tax Rate (per $100 valuation): $0.5690;
Annual Per Unit Inspection Fee:  $15;
Water Rate (per 100 cubic feet):  $4.08.

Burleson:
Population: 47,282;
Tax Rate (per $100 valuation): $0.7200;
Annual Per Unit Inspection Fee:  none;
Water Rate (per 100 cubic feet):  $4.91.

Haltom City:
Population: 44,339;
Tax Rate (per $100 valuation): $0.6657;
Annual Per Unit Inspection Fee:  $14;
Water Rate (per 100 cubic feet):  $7.80.

Hurst:
Population: 38,992;
Tax Rate (per $100 valuation): $0.5972;
Annual Per Unit Inspection Fee:  $18;
Water Rate (per 100 cubic feet):  $7.04.

Perry Pillow is AATC’s Director of Government Affairs. For more information, contact Perry at ppillow@aatcnet.org or call 817-616-0354.