Elections are finally over, and I am in the home stretch. This will be my last newsletter, and I first want to thank all of you for the support and help you have given me for the past 12 years. I have felt honored and privileged to serve as your council person and will miss working with you to help get your issues resolved.
I have much appreciated your input in various city issues and feel that during the past 12 years the City has made much progress. The population of the City is increasing, downtown is thriving, new businesses are coming to the City, tourism is growing, and we are a good destination city.
That being said, we still have many issues that must be addressed. The day-to-day operations of the City need to improve. Finance, permits and inspections, road maintenance, bulk pickup to name a few need to be improved. Our schools are still lagging behind and need to improve both academically and physically. We have built four new schools but much remains to be done.
The City revenues are increasing but not keeping pace with the needs for services and education. I am hopeful that the new administration, council and schools can begin to work together to resolve these issues. The City must adequately provide services, police, fire, infrastructure and customer service to name a few in addition to adequately funding schools.
Both schools and city government must look at how your tax dollars are being spent and reorganize their budgets to meet both the needs and the revenue. Just as you have a budget, the City cannot spend dollars it doesn't have.
The new Mayor, Council and School Board have a difficult goal to reach, but I am optimistic that we will see improvement. Rome wasn't built in a day, and I believe we are on the right track to bring about these improvements.
Again, thank you for all your help and support. I will greatly miss working with and for you.
[+] Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 4th District Meeting. We welcome
- Mayor-Elect Levar Stoney
- Councilwoman-Elect Kristen Larson
- School Board Representative-Elect Jonathan Young
- Fourth District Meeting Tuesday, May 7, to feature NEW Chief of Police, Alfred Durham.