We need to reverse the negative trend. More taxes and fees only contribute to more residents and businesses leaving our area, which makes the burden even heavier on those who remain. By working together to create a comprehensive unified plan, we can improve our infrastructure and services to our current taxpayers, recruit new businesses and residents to our city, and increase our tax base, leading to the growth and positive change we need.
This past year has been devastating to many people, businesses, and municipalities. We need a fresh look at where we spend the money we have and make decisions that are well informed, long-term focused, and do not compromise the safety of our residents. While we need help from our State, we also need to seek local solutions that create efficiencies across our city and geographic area. Continuing to do what we've always done is not going to work. All options should be on the table and we need our elected officials, business community, and our citizens working together.
Communicating to our residents and businesses in modern methods is a must. People are busy with their families, jobs, and activities and do not always have the time to make extra efforts to seek out information that should be more readily available. A more user friendly city website and issue summaries that help educate the public on the decisions up for debate are crucial to our progress as a community. The more people we have active and engaged in our process, the more ideas and resources we will have to make better decisions.
I am committed to defending our first responders. I will make sure every firefighter, police officer, and healthcare worker has the tools they need to keep us safe. These are crucial decisions for our current taxpayers, as well as any new folks looking to relocate here. Shutting down services without communicating or implementing a plan to address the void it creates is terrible policy. Before any major decision to add, delete, or relocate any core city service, we need to conduct thorough research, be informed of the impact to those affected, and make sure it is in line with our long-term comprehensive plan for our future.