Elect Todd Kinsey

Vision, Leadership, Values


Sound Money Management

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Hidden Lakes water tower

Since joining council in 2012 we have more than tripled the city’s water capacity. We added to that total this week when the new water tower went up in Hidden Lakes on the city’s east side, near Clear Falls High School.

Making these investments hasn’t been easy. When I joined council, spending and debt had skyrocketed to unsustainable levels.In fact spending had reached nearly $205 million and the city’s debt was a massive $282 million.

Over the last four years we have paid down over $40 million of that debt load while still making significant investments in our three core infrastructure needs: streets, water and drainage (sewer).

In fact, the 2017 budget makes the largest investment in the city’s core infrastructure in League City’s history, while spending less money than the previous council spent in 2012.

Yes, you read that right. Because of sound money management and conservative financial policies, the city will spend $13 million less in 2017 ($192M) than the previous council did in 2012 ($205M) while making record improvements to the city’s future without adding any new debt.

Make an investment in your future and re-elect Todd Kinsey to city council.

 

 

 

 

 

Paid Pol. Ad. by Todd Kinsey Campaign – H. Kinsey, Treasurer: 1150 Rustling Wind Lane, League City, TX 77573.


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A picture is worth a 1,000 words

We’ve all heard the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Well I thought I’d post some of my favorite photographs so you can get to know me a little better.

 

 

 

 

 

Paid Pol. Ad. by Todd Kinsey Campaign, Heather Kinsey Treasurer.


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Five-Corners Realignment Starts… Finally 

After more than twenty five years of inactivity and passing the buck, League City has finally begun the biggest traffic project in its history. The Five-Corners realignment will help alleviate traffic at one of the city’s biggest intersections; the intersection of Egret Bay, FM518 and FM2094. 

Five-corners is a prime example of why the city needs to be proactive in completing its infastructure projects. This project could’ve been completed when the city’s population was half of what it is today for a fraction of the cost. 

I’ve been working for hard the last four years to be proactive and get projects done at their inception rather than piecemeal. A vote for me in November will ensure we stay on track. 

Demolition begins on the Five Corners Realignment project.


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Running for Re-election

img_0113When I joined city council in 2012 the city had a number of problems, chief among them was the out of control spending. In fact past councils had racked up a staggering $280 million in debt. Since joining council we’ve been able to reduce the city’s debt load by about $40 million.

I also ran on a platform of making investments in the city’s water capacity. Since joining council we’ve nearly tripled the available water supply so now when you try to wash dishes or take a shower after work during the hot summer months, water actually flows out of the faucet rather than a trickle.

If re-elected I plan to apply that same tenacity to getting the city’s traffic moving. Unprecedented growth has led to gridlock, lengthening  commute times when they could be spending quality time with their families.

We have to be more proactive in working with developers to get them to understand that with today’s interest rates and the rising cost of construction, it’s less expensive in the long run to build roads up front rather than inconveniencing our residents and causing traffic delays by building roads piecemeal… Remember the traffic nightmare on 646 in Victory Lakes?

League City also has to work with the school districts in our city to ensure that new schools are built so that access is not on major thoroughfares. We have far too many school zones on main roads. We need to encourage setbacks like CCISD’s Education Village off of League City Parkway that promotes traffic flow and ensures the safety of our children.

For these reasons and many more, I hope you’ll re-elect me in November.


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God Bless the USA and the brave men who defend her

A 2nd Armored Cavalry base camp along the Czech border in the Fall of 1989 just before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In August of 1987 my family waited anxiously with me at the gate as I waited to board a plane taking me to U.S. Army Basic Training. I was nervous, excited and a little scared at the adventure that awaited me.

The first few days of basic training are probably the worst because regardless of how much you think you know about the military, there’s little you can do to actually prepare you for the culture shock of entering military service.

Drill sergeants fill every minute of every day with some sort of training leaving very little down time. What little down time we did have was usually spent cleaning, shining or organizing something but every once in a while we had some fun time. One thing my platoon enjoyed was listening to the radio or as our drill sergeant called it, “going to the bar.”

Going to the bar meant we could listen to the radio as long as everyone was in the push-up position, known as the front lean and rest position, with their feet elevated on a support bar of the upper bunk of our beds which was about four feet in the air.

At first these sessions would only last a minute or two but as everyone got stronger, we could usually make it through a couple of songs before guys started to drop. Drill Sergeant Heflin was the brain child of going to the bar and he had great affinity for Lee Greenwood’s beautiful anthem Proud to be an American. In fact, he liked it so much that he made the entire platoon learn the song and often made us regale our instructors with our a cappella rendition.

So for all my fellow brothers in arms, I offer you this salute.
 


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First Responders

As a combat veteran and an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Combat Lifesaver School, I understand the critical role that first responders play during an emergency. The brave men and women of our police and fire departments risk their lives every day to protect us. As leaders, one of the most important things we can do is to ensure that our people have the necessary tools to safely perform their jobs so they can get home to their families.

I pledge that I will always provide the maximum support to our police and fire departments. While I am a firm believer in limited government, I believe government’s most basic function is to protect its citizens.


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Solving League City’s Water Supply Issue

Over the past few years our city leaders have taken steps to try and solve our city’s water supply issues, however, the paltry steps they have taken thus far amount to little more than putting band-aids on a wound that requires stitches. The fact remains that League City does not have our own supply of water. Therefore we are beholden to the Cities of Houston and Pasadena to supply water to the citizens of League City. As we have experienced on several occasions in the last year alone, when there is an issue with the pipeline between Houston and League City, the citizens of League City are the one who pay the price.

When I am elected I will utilize the relationships I have built within all levels of government; city, county, state and federal to build a coalition to attempt to bring a desalination plant to North Galveston County. I believe the perfect location for this plant would be the site of the old power plant in Bacliff, Texas or adjacent to it since the infrastructure and access to the site are already in place.

I have experience building mutually beneficial alliances and negotiating multi-million dollar contracts with government agencies, energy companies and other stakeholders. When I’m elected I promise to put this experience to work at solving League City’s biggest problem – a reliable source of water for our families.