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Q: Please tell me WHY the City of Irving needs TWO trash collections each week? In my 66 years of life, the suburbs I have lived in only needed ONE residential trash service per week. Is Irving really this trashy of a city?
NORMAL cities provide a large plastic garbage and recycle can on wheels to their residents. NORMAL cities provide a garbage truck that can lift those plastic garbage cans into their garbage truck without needing human labor. NORMAL cities don’t force their citizens to buy garbage and recycling plastic bags, which is a HUGE WASTE OF MONEY AND PLASTIC IN LANDFILLS. WHY is the City of Irving A.B. NORMAL?
We’ve heard the City of Irving has a City Council full of ignorant liberals. Did they flunk Economics 101?
A: Thank you for your concern with the City of Irving’s Solid Waste department. The service that is provided to residents for trash pick up is set by City Council. This email will be shared with City Council and the Solid Waste Services Department.
Thank you for your concern regarding bicycles and the safety of bike riders in Irving. In regards to potholes, this concern is a prioritization of the Transportation and Streets department. Your email will be shared with your City Council.
Q: I wish to know what dollar amounts are budgeted to protect/update our city’s business software infrastructure against any third party hostage. Can we buy insurance coverage to budget for any possible systems ransom payment?
A: In the City of Irving's budget the Information Technology (IT) Department has budgeted $340,470 for security software. A supplemental request for $206,000 for a managed security service provider has been submitted for approval. The City also has cybersecurity coverage insurance which covers ransomware.
Q: Will you please provide a link or information which shows all city departments and their salaries broken down within the department?
A: Thank you for your question pertaining to the City of Irving’s budget concerning salaries for the various departments. The city’s Budget page links to each fiscal year’s budget book, including the Fiscal Year 2021-22 proposed budget, that shows salaries for each department.
If you need more detailed information, an Open Records Request will have to be submitted.
Q: City of Irving taxes should not be increased, as I have lived in Irving for 25 years and have seen nothing done about South Irving. All the money goes to North Irving. My husband's family has been in Irving for 68 years, and they have seen promise after promise broken by the elected officials.
A: Thank you for your input concerning South Irving and the city’s budget. The base budget that the City Manager is recommending reduces the tax rate to $0.5839 per $100 pf taxable value.
Attached is a presentation that shows the development and dollars being used for South Irving.
Q: Cut the pick up of Solid Waste (garbage) to one time a week. I've been looking around the city, and none of us have so much garbage that it is necessary to collect twice a week. Should save quite a bit on the budget, staff shortage and equipment maintenance.
A: Thank you for your input concerning trash services in Irving. This email will be shared with your City Council.
Q: Could we possibly consider going to plastic trash cans for both regular and recycle trash? The city of Carrollton has done this for years and it would reduce the amount of plastic bags in our environment and would pay for itself on the customer side in a very short order. Plastic is horrible for our environment, and the City of Irving should lead with doing the right thing and get rid of policies that forces their citizens to put more plastic into the environment.
Thank you for the question. Yes, property taxes will be discussed. Please see the link to the City of Irving’s Budget page. There are two videos on the web page that provide great information on the budget process and the role that property taxes have in a city’s budget. Please know that this email will be shared with your City Council.
Q: Several years ago, I was involved in trying to get a dog off the streets. She had been loose for almost a year. At the time, I was dealing with Paul of Animal Control. I mentioned to him I thought it would be beneficial to have Animal Control's phone number on all city parks signage since many times strays were seen in the parks. I told him if people had instant access to the number it might get more dogs reported.
He said it sounded like a good idea but that the Park and Recreation Dept would be the ones to contact. I live by and walk Northwest Park every morning. If I see something that needs addressed concerning the park, I email Mike Griffith. So I sent him an email regarding this. He also thought it a good idea. He told me that the parks were supposed to get new signage and he'd put my suggestion out there.
Well, I know North West Park hasn't received new signs and I don't know about the parks. I would like for the City Council of Irving consider this in the new budget especially if new park signs are on the agenda.
A: Thank you for your input and concern. The Parks and Recreation department has faced some delays due to COVID-19, but are still working diligently to have these signs installed. Please know that there is a budget meeting on August 18th. The Budget page contains further information about the meeting.