I am very excited about the next five to 10 years for the city of Gloversville and Fulton County. While many challenges remain, we are making headway in several areas. In the past two years, our tax rate has not increased. I will recommend decreasing the rate for 2014. In 2009, our general fund balance was $1,197,000, and at the end of 2012, it was $3,418,000.
This has been accomplished by realistic and conservative budgeting by the administration and council members, termination of certain annual retirement buy-outs and aggressive action to reduce health care costs and increases. Being able to put money away will allow us to purchase the necessary equipment our departments need as we provide services that our citizens have come to expect in Gloversville. While our staffing in all departments has decreased substantially over the years, the workload has not. We have great employees and department heads who work very hard each day.
In the past three years, our city has cracked down on crime. Statistically, we have made more traffic stops and arrests and are cleaning up our streets through community policing. We have brought back the police booth on Main Street and have an officer walking downtown. Neighborhood Watch groups have rekindled and people have taken more pride in protecting their neighborhoods.
At the end of this summer, the Walmart Supercenter will be open in the city of Gloversville. This will create some new jobs and bring in an additional $600,000 to $800,000 of sales tax. We are working on bringing in other retail and commercial businesses to the new Central Business District as well. We are currently in the process of creating a curb cut on Route 30A through the Department of Transportation.
I take great pride in being the mayor of our city. Along with the department heads, council members and city employees, we are working hard to make Gloversville a better place to live, work and play. I will continue to make change happen through working with our team of people and making decisions that I believe are in the best interest of the majority of our citizenry.
Our city hasn't had a mayor serve eight consecutive years since Mayor Richard Hood in the 1960s. I believe we need that consistency again.
Please contact me with any questions at 774-4263 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Facebook.
Mayor of Gloversville