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ADAPTING TO THE 21ST CENTURY: IMPROVEMENTS IN
BY PAT SHULL, ALDERMAN, CITY OF
Part II – Facing the Issues
Last month the Board of Mayor and Alderman (BMA) passed the next fiscal year budget without raising taxes. This was a great accomplishment and much credit goes to the Interim City Manager and staff. But I believe that the toughest issues during this BMA term lay ahead, issues that can affect the course of the city for many years to come.
Not only must the current BMA grapple with these issues, in seven months we will be in the middle of another municipal election season and BMA candidates must take a stand also. Simply put, what the City needs is a viable long-range plan that considers the below listed issues together, sets priorities, develops courses of action, and finds ways to resource their accomplishment. The issues are listed in priority order (my opinion).
1. Fix the Sewer System for the Long-Term
2. Build a new Fire Station
3. Build a New School
4. Identify and Fund Various Annexations
5. Establish a Higher
6. Resolve Regional Sales Tax (1/4 Cent) Issue
7. Meadowview Maintenance
The common thread among the listed issues is that all are potentially very costly, and all have the potential to significantly affect the future of our community. We must, therefore, consider them together (not in isolation), and ask ourselves – What is the impact of each issue on the city budget, public debt, and our tax rate? A brief description of the issues follows.
The Sewer System. The State of
Build a New Fire Station. Providing essential and timely fire suppression is another basic city responsibility. Unfortunately the Crown Colony section of
Build a New Elementary School.
Various Annexations. Developments during the last few weeks have led the BMA towards tentative acceptance of a comprehensive Annexation Plan which includes areas on
Establish a Higher
Regional Sales Tax. I received several citizen inquiries about this issue after a recent article in our local newspaper. Folks were genuinely surprised that this tax didn’t “sunset” (expire) when the
I challenge our citizens to review this list and comment. Maybe I left something off, or your priorities are much different. One thing is clear – we are all in this together.
Alderman Shull was elected to the BMA in 2005. He is a native of