It has been two years since I changed professions from being a financial professional in the private sector to become the City Manager of my hometown. As I look back over the past two years, I reflect on what has had a positive impact on the city. We have accomplished some great things and I'm proud to be part of the Roosevelt City team. I wanted to share a few of them with you.
We have applied for and received more in grant funding than double the amount of revenue collected from property and sales tax combined last year. Grant applications have exceeded the total general fund expenses this year.
We worked to elevate the level of service in every department and increased our compliance and modernization.
We worked on innovative revenue sources, including selling discarded sewer water for two and half times the residential water rate.
Various construction projects were well managed to bring them in under budget, including the construction on the Roosevelt Aquatic Center which came in four and a half percent under budget.
We reduced overall general fund expenditures by 10 percent per year, greatly reducing the burden on our citizens.
We have worked tirelessly to improve communication between staff, the city council and the public.
We have reduced the city's long-term debt in both the water and sewer funds. At the end of June, all the city's loans outside the general fund will be at a zero percent interest rate. This will save the city tens of thousands of dollars in interest each year.
I think these are great accomplishments for any organization, especially our small rural city.