Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne gave a glowing State of the City address to 500 business and community leaders last month at the Westin Dallas Fort Worth Hotel. Mayor Van Duyne cited People Focused Progress as the theme for 2015.
A strong financial revenue stream supported the City Council’s earlier decision to cut Irving’s tax rate to the second lowest in the DFW area. In fiscal year 2013-2014, Irving’s sales tax was up nearly 11%, bringing in $58 million in revenue while property valuations rose 6.7% to equal $19.3 billion.
Other highlights on the City’s report card included a focus on quality of life issues such as transportation, safety, health, housing, and education. According to the Mayor, the boom in single family housing construction and the completion of the Orange Line to D/FW Airport are just some of the amenities that site selection specialists and CEOs look for when relocating to Irving.
Mayor Van Duyne also reported that the City is working with Dallas, SMU and Governor Abbott to better understand recent earth tremors.
The Mayor’s inaugural Award of Excellence went to NCH Corporation. The Irving company is a Partner in Education and supports John R. Good Elementary School. The State of the City event is hosted by the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.