To the editor,
Back in May of 2012, I introduced a General Obligation Bond to the Common Council to purchase a fire engine, an ambulance, make repairs to at least six municipal buildings, proceed with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act, correct an erosion problem in the creek in Sarah T. Bolton Park, make improvements in our park system and finally re-construct Main Street. This G.O. Bond replaces one that matured in 2012, and will also replace another G.O. Bond that matures in 2013. There will be little to no effect on the tax rates and little to no effect on the budget, as these figures have already been budgeted in past years. This will be the first of many difficult decisions that the Common Council will make over the next couple of years. This G.O. Bond will help stabilize our investment as a city and hopefully draw new people and businesses to our city as we move forward to redefine ourselves as the great city we all love and deserve. At the Common Council meeting on July 2, the council will hear this proposal on the third and final reading. I encourage its passage and ask that you support it, too.
Soon after this ordinance, I will introduce further legislation to correct matters concerning trash pick-up, sanitary sewers, storm water retention, smoking and the city’s outdated Personnel Manual. All of these are difficult matters that affect each and every one of us. Through all of this, it is imperative that we grow, and we continue to make great strides in promoting our city so that we may welcome new investments and neighbors.
Dennis B. Buckley
Mayor of Beech Grove
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