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State of City shows promise in tough economic times
by Mayor Boyd W. Dunn Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) strengthen Chandler’s employment neighborhood leaders to provide them
We are facing unprecedented times and merit raises to employees, base. Our efforts are paying off, as the tools necessary to maintain a great
in terms of our local, state and national offering voluntary retirements and Chandler’s vacancy rates – compared quality of life.
economic conditions. Everyone is separation agreements and identifying to the region – remain very strong. And Volunteerism is also a critical
experiencing pain – and Chandler departmental cost-cutting measures. our retail vacancy rate of 6.8 percent is component of this work as exhibited by
has caught up to our neighboring But if we are to emerge from this the lowest in the Valley. the two Live Love Days held in Chandler
communities in terms of some very recession, the most critical component As we move forward with the last year – a coordinated effort of the
challenging fi scal issues. will be job creation: sustainable, well- construction of a City Hall, I likened City, faith community, nonprofi ts and
We take the current situation very paying jobs that will help stabilize the this to a stimulus plan for our local school groups with a total of more than
seriously, and thankfully our past fi scal economy, and begin a renewed path economy. With its development, 500 700 participants who worked to clean
policies have placed us in a position to fi scal health. I was pleased to spend new construction jobs will be created up two downtown neighborhoods.
that is a little better than surrounding some time during my address on the along with an estimated economic We are now working with CARE, Inc.
communities. During my recent State of recent success we have had in this area impact of close to $4 million to Chandler to provide more opportunities to faith-
the City address, I noted that our sales as we continue to bring new jobs to and $96 million to the region. based organizations of all beliefs to
tax revenues – a large percentage of our Chandler. That evening I announced And we have been able to move become more involved with existing
General Fund budget – are projected to that medical fi rm Healthways will soon forward with a number of parks and volunteer organizations in Chandler.
be about 10 percent less than last year’s bring more than 200 new jobs to the other amenities despite the trying I see this as a great way to expand
sales. Another sobering statistic lies Price Corridor with the potential for times. These include new facilities like volunteer work in the community,
with Chandler’s housing market where hundreds more. the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, which is critical in these trying times.
February saw just one new building This is a great prospect for Chandler Environmental Education Center, Finally, we took some time to
permit issued for housing construction. and joins a number of other companies Veterans Oasis Park, Crossbow Park, celebrate those in the community
To put that in perspective, we issued who have located or expanded here in the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center dedicated to our youth. For three
524 permits in the month of May 2004. recent months. Those include Orbital and the expansion of the Snedigar straight years we have been named a
With the decline of building, we project Sciences, CDW, Ottawa University, Sportsplex. We are also moving ahead 100 Best Community for Young People.
impact fees will be down about $10 Covance, Chapman BMW and Intel. with a number of projects that include With groups like the Mayor’s Youth
million next year. All told, Chandler Intel’s plan to invest another $3 billion the Western Canal trail project and Commission, Boys and Girls Club and
could potentially face a budget defi cit in Chandler and create as many as Paseo Vista Park (site of our former ICAN serving Chandler, the honor is
approaching $40 million in fi scal year 1,800 new construction jobs exhibits landfi ll). well deserved.
2013-14. the company’s continued confi dence Of course parks are only one element
Staff has been busy working with in Chandler and will protect the of our success in creating sustainable
Council to identify a number of areas 10,000 workers Intel employs here. We neighborhoods. Our Neighborhood
where we can close that gap. Measures must also continue to explore solar Resources Division has been revamped
we are taking include freezing and initiatives, incubator space and other and is doing great work in developing
eliminating vacant positions, cutting opportunities to help diversify and open communication with its
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Community concerns and ideas sought
by Sen. Jay Tibshraeny Government Institutions Committee.
Now that I am in my last term as the Although I have enjoyed all of
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State Senator from District 21, I can’t my different responsibilities at the
help but think back to the beginning of Capitol, this chairmanship gives me an
I’m deferring my column for some other voices to be included this
my time in the legislature. opportunity to use my knowledge of
issue.
After serving at the local level as local government issues. For example,
Mayor of Chandler for eight years and economic development is a critical
as a City Councilmember for eight years issue to cities and towns. Recently I
Laurie Fagen, Publisher
prior to that, I was elected to the State held a briefi ng on solar as an emerging
Senate and began serving in 2003. industry and its potential for creating
In my fi rst term, I was the only new jobs and opportunities.
Oops – In the March 21 issue, we wrote the incorrect location that Kayla Barton, a
freshman tapped to lead a committee My understanding of these issues
student at Basha High, and Cody Barton, a student at Perry High will be visiting this
and, because of my extensive experience also helps when trying to mediate
summer as People to People Student Ambassadors. They are raising money to travel in local government, was appointed as differences between the state legislature
to Europe, not Japan.
chairman of the Senate Government and our municipalities and counties.
In addition, we gave the incorrect contact information for CrossFit 2260, a new fi tness Committee. During my second term Many times legislation is introduced
facility in Chandler. The correct website is www.crossfi t2260.com and correct phone is
I was elected by the members of my that will impose mandates on local
480-329-5373. The corrected story also appears in this issue’s Neighbors section.
caucus to serve as Senate Majority governments, limit their authority in
Whip and in my third term the Senate managing their affairs or that creates
President appointed me to the position signifi cant implementation diffi culties.
Have a story idea or news tip? Know of an interesting photo opportunity? How
of Rules Committee Chairman. Now in My expertise often helps resolve many
about positive feedback or constructive comments? We’d like to hear from you. Email
my fi nal term, I have come full circle of the concerns that arise.
us at News@SanTanSun.com.
and am again the Chairman of the
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