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.