By Mayor Lloyd Winnecke
Our administration has officially submitted the 2015 city budget to city council, which begins the annual process of determining the city's spending priorities for the next year.
Our proposal is a balanced budget that enhances city services and makes strategic investments in public safety and our quality of life assets.
There is no doubt that the city has felt the impacts of property tax caps, and the city has tightened its belt the past few years, specifically with spending cuts earlier this year.
However, Evansville has fared better than other cities across the state and we are in a better position to make new investments in 2015, including funding for:
- 30 new police cars
- a new pumper fire truck
- road paving
- code enforcement to remove urban blight
And there are also new initiatives proposed in the budget such as:
- streaming board and commission meetings online
- creation of a new citizen engagement portal to easily access information
- funds to clean up Mesker Ampithitheatre and then ensuring the public has a say in its future use by the zoo
Citizen feedback has already been vocal about the creation of Roberts Park.
It is time to replace the vacant lot with enhanced green space and new amenities for families to enjoy.
Without a doubt, positive progress is occurring in our city.
Now is the time to continue investing in that progress and not settle for complacency.
I encourage you to get involved in the budget process.
Visit www.Evansville.in.gov, review our proposal and then make your voice heard.
Speak up if you support putting more money in our parks, public safety and increasing transparency in our local government.
Thanks for listening and your help to ensure continued momentum.