Last year proved to be a successful one for the City of Milton. Together, we achieved many good things. We established a new 911 partnership with the City of Alpharetta, supported the Intergovernmental Agreement with Fulton County regarding sewer in designated areas, created several committees that will help to shape Milton, made a great deal of progress on our Comprehensive Plan and more. We set and met goals for ourselves, and even surpassed a few. During this New Year, we are bound and determined to work harder and make Milton better than we ever imagined.
Unfortunately, we are likely to continue experiencing finanacial hardship across the nation during the year ahead. Every city is feeling the effects of the downturn in economic conditions. I can assure every Milton citizen that we will continue to do everything within our power to be proactive and not reactive. We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.
Through the incredible efforts of our City Staff, Council and helpful volunteers, we have taken the necessary precautions to whether this storm. We have a balanced budget and a hard working staff that continues to provide Council and our citizens with good and true information. There is a strong financial system and procedures are in place. Even though Milton is a very young city, we have a tradition of responsible stewardship.
For 2009, I pledge to all Milton residents the we will all work together to maintain a pragmatic level of satisfaction and will continue to strive even hard to increase it. We will proceed through the next twelve months, and beyond, cautiously and with the residents' best interests in mind at all times. It will not be an easy ride but I am fully confident we will be successful.
Happy New Year and Best Wishes.