In 2012 during my first campaign for Mayor, I focused on a unique solution-based approach to keeping taxes low while providing the best possible services to the citizens of Mantorville. The chart below reflects both my campaign goals and the progress the City Council and myself have made towards these objectives.
When the final agreement for the Waste Water Treatment Plant was presented to the City of Mantorville and our proposed cost had substantially increased, the City Council re-examined all the options, including building our own new plant. However, when we sat down with the City of Kasson and re-negotiated the cost structure even adding some new protections for Mantorville we reduced the cost of a future upgrade. We were able to show a substantial savings for the citizens of Mantorville. We reduced our ownership from 20% to 17% saving 3% on all upgrades.
We lobbied the State Bonding Committee for financial help on the construction of the new Waste Water Treatment Plant. The result of this effort was a contribution from the State in the amount of $1.8 million dollars. That is almost $2 million that 1200 Mantorville citizens don't have to come up with.
During the six years I have been Mayor, the City has yet to raise the tax rate for property taxes. In fact the rate for 2018 went down by 7%. Traditionally the rate has been raised by 3% to 10% a year. I even went as far to donate my full net salary back to help keep the tax rate from raising. I believe Responsible stewardship for the City includes maintaining our heritage while promoting economic growth.
Plans for 2019
I would be honored to continue to serve as your Mayor for another term.
|Prepared and paid for by Chuck Bradford|