Monthly Archives: March 2017

Local Economic Update

The city has multiple economic growth opportunities we are both helping in, and working toward.  Commercial, restaurant, industrial, and manufacturing are on the table throughout the community.  Our local economy is vibrant.  We are getting more and more zoning cases regarding future businesses and hearing about potential new sites regularly.

Recently, the city has annexed portions of US Highways that have made our city slightly more sprawling.  Your council has successfully implemented a long term plan to grow the economic base while maintaining our historic neighborhoods and businesses.  There have been growing pains making the budget work from year to year as we’ve grown, but utilizing these growth corridors will mean more opportunity for our workforce and stability for local government.

We have never worked from a deficit since I have been on the council (6 years), and a nest egg has been present with significant increases through the years.  Our yearly money (just under 10 million dollars in total taxes) is accounted for in the budget and working for you in the community.  Adding to our reserve has become more and more challenging.  Lately, the toughest decisions we have made were largely balancing acts between investing in growth or holding the entirety of that safety net.   Economic development opportunities only come around so often, and being in position to take advantage has been helpful in moving us forward.  I have served with a diverse group of council people who have made consistent majority decisions that have been economically sound every year.  Seeing economic stimulus backing up our territorial expansion is very exciting for everyone.  The future is bright.

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