This week, the Council was presented with the task of going over the budget for the year 2020. The Mayor delivered us a budget that was quite lean in terms of tax increases (2.11%) which equates to approximately a .24 cent increase per thousand on your annual city taxes. Currently, the budget is in the hands of the council and we are going over it line by line to see if there can be any additional reductions with out cutting services. We have until November to come to a consensus on what the final budget will be.
I've been going around this weekend and placing election signs in lawns just to advertise the election more or less. I'm fortunate enough to not have an opponent this term and will gladly serve another 2 year term in the fourth ward.
The sale of Spaulding seems to be going ahead smoothly. As is the case with everything, there are many checks and balances that need to be done before the official contract is signed by both parties. This sale is a major component in keeping our taxes down this year. If this sale were to fall through, it will affect every single taxpayer in the city - potentially raising our taxes an additional 5-6 percent. The business that is going in there will have little to no effect on the residents who live adjacent to the land. It's a win-win for everyone.
Have you checked out the new candy shop on Main Street? I personally haven't been in yet, but my wife has and I've heard nothing but good reviews...I also heard a rumor they have some really "interesting" flavors of soda! I cant wait to head in and give it a whirl.
Please remember to get out and vote on the school district bond issue that is coming up this Tuesday...being in the schools daily, it is so needed and necessary for the upgrades and consolidation to happen in the district.
The council is doing a workshop on Tuesday for the budget, but be fore warned - I think we are going to spend some time in executive session which the public isn't allowed to attend. It shouldn't be for too long however, so feel free to come on down at 6.
Check back often to see what's going on as I walk the trail!