January 3, 2017

The Vital Role of Economic Revitalization

On the campaign trail and from the Council dais, you’ve often heard me say that with a strong and consistent commitment to economic revitalization, along with prudence in spending on City and schools operations, we can enjoy quality municipal and educational services and facilities while keeping the property tax rate level.

With that in mind, I encourage your attention to a guest commentary in this week’s News-Press by one of the emerging leaders in our City, Ross Litkenhous, who serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals.

As we weigh our options for school facilities, Ross suggests that “large scale commercial development…should be studied more closely by the city before considering any tax rate increases.”

His summation is sensible, and stirring: “It’s time we take action to secure the future of our schools and our city’s fiscal health by thinking creatively – and being bold.”

At our first meeting of 2017, on Tuesday evening, Council and School Board will again take up the topic of school construction and economic development on the Upper West Side. I’ll have more to say soon on this.

Find Ross’s commentary at: https://fcnp.com/2016/12/29/guest-commentary-can-build-new-school-without-raising-taxes/

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