In March 2018, the City Council adopted its 2018 work plan, which also outlines several long-term (LT) projects. In June, City Administrator Bill Reynolds provided the council an update on work plan progress. His comments are also below.
- Low Taxes - Preliminary budget numbers show no reason we will not remain one of the lowest taxed cities in the metro area.
- Continued Financial Stability - Another great audit just completed.
- Stable Tax Rate - Preliminary budget should have same or lower tax rate from last year.
- Increased Tax Capacity - Growth continues with 7.33-percent increase in tax base for 2019.
- Increased Bond Rating – AAA (LT) - Finance Department has been conducting several meetings over the last few months to set the stage for the review.
Parks and Recreation
- Park Asset Planning Process - The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Steering Committee met June 13.
- Park Building/Maintenance/Replacement Review - Currently conducting an inventory of all park assets with intent to lead to better management of assets. Issue expected to be addressed as part of park planning process.
- Private/Public Partnerships
- Trail Signage (distance/locations) - Issue expected to be addressed as part of park planning process.
- Trail Connections - Issue expected to be addressed as part of park planning process.
- Park Asset Marketing - Issue expected to be addressed as part of park planning process.
- Recreation Program Review - Issue expected to be addressed as part of park planning process.
- Park and Recreation Expenditure Review - Issue expected to be addressed as part of park planning process.
- Life-Cycle Housing (density, affordability, market-driven) - We currently have all phases of life-cycle housing currently being built or on the horizon, including houses that are affordable and market-rate units.
- River Crossing Capacity Increase (LT)
- Riverfront Improvements (LT)
- Riverfront Development - Possible development briefed to Economic Development Authority during June 5 meeting.
- Attraction of High Paying Jobs - Possible major corporate headquarters in development.
- Continued Downtown Improvement and Redevelopment
- City Hall Parcel Redevelopment - Possible development to be briefed to Economic Development Authority during July 3 meeting.
- Rev. Pond Statue - Fundraising continues with major and minor donations coming in. More than $80,000 has been raised to this point.
- Developer Fee/Regulation Review
- Transparency/Communications/Community Engagement – New city website redesign with a mobile-first approach reflects the way people are increasingly visiting our site. The goal is to make it easier for people to find what they are looking for. We’re also making a more conscious effort to include information about current projects – something we’ve heard from residents they desire.
- Southbridge Fire Partnership (LT) - Staff has met on several occasions with representatives of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Both groups are continuing discussions.