Troy, as we all know, is an incredible place to live. I have basically lived here my entire life and this city has yet to disappoint me. I can list a thousand things that make Troy incredible, however, there is always room for improvement. How can we improve what is already great? Here are a few things I feel strongly about.
First, we must continue to pursue fiscal change. In the downturned economy that began my first term, the city budget was trimmed by millions. We had a new millage for the Library, we were discussing the transit center, and our roads were in awful condition. As we began climbing out of the ashes of a poor economy, we were able to invest in our infrastructure, where many communities were not. Troy Roads Rock was a two year award winning program. I was not in favor of the transit center project for several reasons. With that project behind us, and paid for, we move forward. Spending in our not so distant past has been used on unnecessary projects that are repetitive or excessive. You have my promise to keep the taxpayer foremost in my decisions as you have observed over the past 4 years. I will keep seeking ways to save tax dollars and cut wasteful spending.
Secondly, Troy has to maintain its family friendly suburbs. In doing so, our community can continue to grow and attract more families to relocate here. As a realtor, I understand the rapid expansion of new housing occurring right now. As you look around Troy, there are subdivisions being built everywhere. Maintaining family friendly suburbs is essential in bringing in new families that will add to the greatness that we experience in Troy. I embrace this growth, and encourage development that fits our overall city plan.
Lastly, Troy needs to continue to promote businesses. I believe our development along the Big Beaver corridor have helped Troy become a leading city in the region. This business corridor attracts entrepreneurs continuously to our community, however, we can make Troy an even better business district. By creating hubs of "Residential Business Areas" where workers can live and work with little transportation costs, walkability will bring itself to areas of Troy, rather than Troy trying to force walkability on difficult stretches of main roads. The Big Beaver and Maple Road corridors are both prime districts for such innovative projects. This is crucial to promoting growth of Troy businesses and attracting young professionals to the area to begin their careers and families.
On November 3rd, come out and support me, and together, we can make these changes, one step at a time, and make Troy an even better place to live.
Troy is an incredible city. Here, people can work, raise families, have great educations, and live an amazing life. Opportunity is everything, and Troy provides its citizens with endless opportunities.
I’m Dave Henderson. A citizen, just like yourself. I work to help the people of this community, and come home to provide for my family just like you do. However great Troy may be, there is always room for improvement. Troy has a tremendous amount of potential. The business district on Big Beaver, and in the Maple corridor, is ever-expanding bringing countless numbers of jobs, workers, and wealth to the entire community. I helped bring MJR Theater to the corner of Maple and Livernois at the old Kmart store site, which has been a game changer economically for that section of Troy. However, the expansion of our city needs to be managed carefully, any mistakes can result in huge economic mishaps for the entire community. For the past four years, I have worked without rest to make sure that our tax dollars were used efficient and effectively. My efforts over the past 4 years were rewarded with a robust rebound of our local economy, and a strong general fund balance on the cities ledger, that was forecast to be zero by 2015 when I was first elected to council. Troy Roads Rock, a roads program in Troy over the last two years, has improved our infrastructure, and we can now boast about having the best roads in the area. I have been appointed to the retirement system board for city employees, and have served there for the past 3 years. I was able to oversee and usher in a change in philosophy for this board which handles investments of over $ 200,000,000 is now in a professionally managed portfolio, where it wasn’t before. The retirement fund at the date of our last actuarial report was over 100% funded. Not many communities can say that. This November, I am planning to, once again, run for city council to ensure that the influx and growth that Troy is going to experience goes about in a financially conservative way. Together, let's turn this opportunity into more great successes for both the city and the community.
Please vote for me, your neighbor and advocate, on November 3, 2015.