It is no secret that Milton, along with many other cities, has had a difficult time balancing our budget. For the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2009, we had a mid-year budget amendment that reduced expected revenue by $1.5 million dollars. To balance our budget, expenses had to be reduced by this same amount. We are experiencing tough economic times and the leaders you choose will be responsible for insuring Milton's financial success.
The current City Council and staff have recognized the City's challenging financial situation. The downturn in the economy has resulted in a decrease in sales tax revenue. Also, with the property tax assessments frozen in place, revenue from property taxes will not increase, and are projected to decrease over the next couple of years.
The answer is not to raise taxes, but decrease expenditures through efficiency. Our desire for greater control and more flexibility over how your tax dollars are spent has led us to the decision to self perform some of our services rather than relying on one third party provider. In the short-term, we may not realize much cost savings due to additional costs that are always incurred as part of any transition of this type.
It is our belief that in the long-term, we can provide better service in a more cost efficient manner.
Community leaders vs. Community activists.
On November 3rd I ask you to vote to Re-elect me, Karen Thurman to the Milton City Council from District 1. Together we can Preserve Milton's Past while Securing Its Future.
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