There’s a lot to love about Bastrop: its historic character, its hospitality, its strong sense of community, its pace and quality of life, its great location. Job 1 of City leadership is meeting today’s needs while tending our inevitable growth with a broadly shared vision for tomorrow, a vision that preserves our uniqueness by proactively managing growth: increased commerce, increased local jobs, new residential development, increased traffic, as well as increased demands on City services and infrastructure.
We can do this by…
As a longtime resident, small business owner/operator and community leader and volunteer, I know we can make this happen.
A city that grows physically without growing its commercial base at the same page is headed downhill and at a rate that pretty well matches its rate of growth.
Keeping any city afloat financially requires a careful balancing act of City revenue and expenses. Bastrop is blessed in that its balance sheet is hugely strengthened by retail trade and the property tax that comes for it. Our customers are residents “buying local”, of course. That base is boosted substantially by:
visitors who spend a couple of days or more enjoying what Bastrop has to offer,
travelers just passing through but who might need a break from the road, a tank of gas or maybe a meal, and
the thousands who live nearby and who see Bastrop as their go-to place for shopping, medical services, recreation, etc.
The result is that 41 percent of City revenues are generated by sales tax—a revenue stream that takes huge pressure off our property owners. We need to grow that revenue stream—with increased local retail activity—by “buying local” AND by nurturing existing and new retail businesses that serve local residents’ needs and feed this essential piece of the City’s balance sheet.
As a 22-year retail business owner/operator, an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation board of directors, I understand…
We thrive when decisions that affect citizens are driven by broad community input and engagement. Current City leadership has enthusiastically embraced this reality and has brought that thinking to new appointments to City boards, commissions and task forces; to drawing out and listening to citizen input; to increased transparency in decision making, and to telling the City’s story through keeping the community informed on emerging challenges and issues.
I have a very supportive family and I am so proud to receive the endorsement from the man who’s opinion matters the most to me. My husband may be a bit biased but I think he sums up well why I am running and why you should vote for me. See his letter below.
“For the past 22 plus years I have watched Drusilla donate herself to the Bastrop community. Drusilla has always viewed public service as a privilege. Drusilla has the experience and traits to be an effective council woman.
I know I am biased because I am married to her but those that know her, know this is true and not all of you know each other. Yawl each see different small portions of how great a person she is. I fortunately get to see it all.I have been married to Drusilla for 30 years and I have been a police officer for 25 of those years. I have never known a better city council candidate.
If she becomes a city council woman, I know she will make the community I live in better.
If she loses, the community loses. But I get to spend more time with her which makes me a better person. So, it is a “win-win” for me.” – Cliff Rogers