I am a candidate for the Milton City Council in District 5. Between now and the election I will be providing a series of e-mails addressing what I believe are the most challenging issues ahead for all of us. This first e-mail is devoted to fiscal responsibility and the provision of services in the years ahead.
Milton's #1 Challenge
Simply put, the biggest challenge Milton faces is one of revenue. As a new city, Milton requires an increase in revenue if it is to execute on the projects and deliver the services required and expected by its citizens. Milton receives this revenue from the same sources as our surrounding neighbors Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Roswell. However, Milton does not generate the same level of revenue as these cities-a fact that will weigh heavy in the coming years. How we deal with this issue will determine our future as a city. I believe my financial background and expertise will help our city navigate the critical challenges that face us now and in the next several years.
Why This Is a Challenge
Milton can be compared to the surrounding cities in a number of ways. Geographically, Milton is one of the largest, with a total area of approximately 35 square miles. Yet our population is the smallest, with an estimated 30,000 residents. When compared with the long-established communities of Alpharetta and Roswell, our per capita revenue is more than 25% lower. Even more importantly, our per capita revenue from commercial taxes is more than 30% lower. This is a significantly disproportionate difference, and we do not want to raise taxes on our citizens in order to compensate for it. In addition, we want to maintain our unique rural character, something that I consider to be our greatest strength. So, we need to put our best minds to the task of assuring adequate revenues to avoid putting Milton in a deficit situation in the coming years.
Three years ago when Milton was a brand-new city, the city council-despite some early stumbles-made substantial progress in a number of areas. A key initial decision was to engage an outside consulting firm to manage nearly all of our city services. Recently the city council decided to terminate this consulting agreement in order to source more competitively priced services from multiple vendors-so-called "point solutions"-an area where I have had considerable experience. The Milton City Council will soon be responsible for managing a wide variety of functions and service providers.
How This Impacts Milton City Council
Why I'm Asking for Your Support
Throughout my professional career and civic involvement, I have worked for positive change in large and small organizations. My business expertise as a leader in the software industry and my experiences on school boards, on planning committees, and in the Boy Scouts of America have required strong leadership and partnership skills. I'm at my best when making difficult and complex decisions, gaining consensus, and communicating a strategic vision so others share in what can be accomplished. I believe that Milton's financial stewardship is our city council's most essential function and that my business and financial expertise will serve me well on the Milton City Council.If you would like to learn more about me or my positions, please feel free to contact me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-634-0080.
I respectfully ask for your support and urge you to vote on Tuesday, November 3rd.