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State of the CIty Address

I think the Mayor did a fine job of covering all the issues facing the city. It was good to hear some of the positive accomplishments of our community---better sewer management, drainage improvements, new sidewalk construction near the hospital, reseting the stoplights, more parks, and other beautification projects, such as riverwalk and underground utilities downtown, and more landscaping throughout the area. Mayor Saffo is a charismatic leader who takes his job seriously. I do believe he puts a great deal of time and effort into his duties. The one issue that I feel is a blight to this current city council is the approval of the Downtown Convention Center. This is a project that will cost the taxpayers untold millions of dollars. To begin, the riverfront land has increased in value maybe four times since the the city purchased it. Sell the land to private enterprise, and put the millions back INTO the tax coffers. Let private enterprise take over the expense and trouble of developing the property. Moreover, as the convention center, it will be off the tax books. As private property, the city collects a huge property tax. We all know convention centers lose money everywhere in the US. Will not other venues, such as another PPD, or upscale residences, bring more of what we want to our charming, historic district? Taxpayers, let's get out of the convention center business, and back to the business at hand for our city....namely providing necessary services, protecting our community, and saving the taxpayer money!


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