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Byron Bradford's Platform for Tarrant County:

1. Transparency (open and honest communication with the public)

Government transparency is defined by its honesty, accountability and openness. In a democracy or free society, it is the government’s duty to be transparent – it is at the heart of how the citizens of a nation hold their lawmakers and public officials accountable.

2. Economic/Workforce development (create more quality jobs and search for skilled workers/ Encourage Investment in Advance Manufacturing and Technology Certification/Degree programs)

A $1 billion investment in infrastructure can result in a estimated 12,000 - 15,000 jobs created. Among the potential projects in Dallas-Fort Worth are high speed transportation, autonomous transit vehicles, electric vehicles charging technologies and additional roadway capacity that could improve mobility along important corridors. 

3. Lower Taxes, Better Texas

Texans will never have the peace of mind of owning their home until property taxes have been eliminated. Until then, Texans are renting from the government, always living with the fear that exorbitant taxes could take their home away. 

The plan will eliminate a significant portion of Texans’ property taxes by 2033 and make structural reforms that limit local government over-spending to prevent annual spikes in tax bills.

We take a three-pronged approach.

• Lower Spending: The Legislature enacted a new state spending limit on general revenue based on the maximum growth of the state’s resident population growth and price inflation, which will help permanently lower spending growth. By putting this in statute, the state has an opportunity for automatic tax relief with surplus general revenue above the spending limit. The Legislature should use this surplus to eliminate school district maintenance and operations (M&O) property taxes, which is the statewide “Robin Hood” tax. This would give taxpayers relief and comply with the constitutional requirement that the state fund schools. Fully eliminating these property taxes will be gradual over decades because of limited surplus tax revenue.

• Lower Taxes: The Legislature started this property tax elimination process in the 2019 session. HB 3 provided $5 billion to reduce the school districts’ M&O tax rate by 7 cents (to 93 cents per $100 of value) and limited tax revenue growth to 2.5%. It provided another $6.1 billion to maintain it in 2021. This was strengthened by limiting the growth rate of property taxes to 3.5% for most other local governments with SB 2 in 2019. SB 1 in the third special session in 2021 would have provided at least $2 billion in the 2022-23 school year for an additional 6.6 cents of tax rate reduction, but it did not pass. However, the trend of attempting to provide needed relief with surplus funds sets the stage to put this structural change to lower taxes into law. Legislation similar to HB 210 in the 2021 second special session, which had 75 coauthors, would, if passed, use 90% of general revenue surplus funds to eliminate all school district M&O taxes.

• Lower Burden: Texas has one of the most burdensome property tax systems in the nation. The third part of our approach is to redesign the state’s tax code so that local governments are funded primarily by sales taxes. This redesign would broaden the base of goods and services covered by the sales tax while lowering the rate. The result would be to finally eliminate school district M&O taxes after years of reducing them. A narrower broadening of the base would help avoid difficult choices about which sales tax exemptions to remove. After eliminating these property taxes, surplus funds could then be used to cut sales taxes to further lower Texans’ tax burden. Other local taxing entities should eliminate their M&O property taxes by using their surplus revenue above a spending limit of population growth and inflation over time and then redesigning their revenues toward sales taxes. 

Source: Texas Public Policy Foundation

4. Safer Communities (work with District Attorney office and all local law enforcement entities to strengthen DWI/DUI laws for repeat offenders and eradicate Human Trafficking in Tarrant County) 

As the next Tarrant County Judge, I will continue to work with North Central Texas Council of Governments and its partners to ensure the transportation system provides residents reliability and mobility as the population grows. 

This is just some of the immediate issues I look forward to addressing as your next Tarrant County Judge.    

 

Byron A. Bradford 

B12 Management Group LLC, 

Chief Executive Officer, 2018-Present

Ensure compliance with a legal obligation and the rules and regulations mentioned in the articles of the association while carrying out business for the corporation

Make strategic plans for the short-term and long-term benefit of the corporation

Analyze risk and implement necessary risk mitigation strategies

Supervise and monitor the financial transactions, contraction obligations, other activities taking place within the corporation

Represent the management team and other key personals in the phone meeting

 

United States Army (Retired)

Artilleryman, Chemical Specialist, Recruiter (29 Years of Service)

Operations Manager and Military Veteran with a Secret Security Clearance with extensive proven experience in the United States Army and Texas National Guard.  Accomplished measurable results while leading teams of 100 – 500 in a dynamic, fast - paced environment.

Possess a comprehensive background in Operations Management and Program Management derived from conducting domestic and global operations in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. 

Managed risk upon multiple lines to protect assets, property, and equipment valued over $50M while meeting the expectations of senior leadership. 

Possess extensive knowledge in Budgeting, Risk Mitigation and Quality Assurance. 

Recipient of multiple awards for outstanding performance and professionalism to include the Military Service Medal 

Boards, Certificates and Commission

Member, Governor's Committee to Support the Military

PUFL and Lifetime Member, American Legion Post 655 and Veteran of Foreign Wars  

Member, Fort Worth Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Certified Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate

Education

Masters Business Administration, Webster University-Fort Bliss, Texas

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Tarleton State University-CT, Killeen, Texas

Associate Degree, Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas

Graduate, Killeen High School, Killeen, Texas

Military Awards and Decorations

Meritorious Service Medal 

Army Accommodation Medal (6th Award)

Army Achievement Award (5th Award) 

Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award)

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korea Defense Service Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal

Southwest Asian Service Medal w/Bronze Star

Kuwait Liberation Medal 

Athletic Awards

3rd Place, Texas High School Powerlifter, Total 1,505lbs (220lbs) 

Honorable Mention All-State Linebacker

1st Team All-District Linebacker

2nd Team All-District Linebacker 

Regional Qualifier, Texas High School Powerlifter

Family

Married to Carolyn Bradford (Veteran/Educator) with three adult children (Dakota, Bre-yon and Cade)

 


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