FACT: Too many neighborhoods have gone too long without basic maintenance.
-- Three years ago, the city budget was $89 million. Today it is $134 million. We pay for this increased spending through our property and sales tax. But neighborhoods like Victory Gardens, Rio Vista and the Wallace addition still go without basic repairs and upgrades to streets, sidewalks and drainage.
FACT: The numbers speak for themselves: We are getting further behind every year.
-- Our citizen-drafted Capital Improvement Program calls for an investment of
$187 million in streets, sidewalks, drainage and other infrastructure for 10 years. Excluding state-funded projects, we're spending only $5.9 million this year on capital projects. (It took a 6-cent property tax increase).
FACT: It's time for new leadership to take care of essential needs. Without making excuses.
-- To be fair, city officials tell us that some projects are in the works. Of course, we've heard it before — "Wait until next year or maybe the year after that." It's time to give someone else a try. You cannot re-elect change.
Jude Prather believes in getting back to the basics.
“No one can promise to fix all our streets, sidewalks and drainage overnight.
But we can do more —starting with areas that need it most.” -- Jude Prather