Last night during Strategic Planning, the Triad Research Group reviewed the results of the recent telephone survey, which mainly focused on the residents' willingness to support an income tax increase or renewal. I will post the full survey results under the Documents section. The residents are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the condition of our streets and a majority are not satisfied with the direction of the City. This survey will provide food for thought as Council considers its spending priorities for the rest of the year and considers changes for next year's budget. It will also impact the ability to pass a renewal or tax increase in the fall.
Council decided not to pursue a special election in August for the renewal or increase and will consider what amount of income tax to place on the November ballot (.5% renewal or .75% increase). Mr. Tanner and myself put a motion on the floor to put the renewal on the ballot, rejecting the idea of putting a .75% tax increase to the voters, but we agreed to remove the motion when Mr. Lotko requested more time to review the survey and consider both alternatives.
At last night's Finance Committee meeting, the committee voted to reject all moral claims associated with SR 57 potholes. The matter of creating a new IT Director and Assistant Director was tabled for the second time with no discussion.
The Finance Committee approved funds for the Street Department to purchase a new paint truck, which will allow the City to paint lines on the road using a water-based paint instead of the old oil-based paint. We will be able to keep the old truck and still receive insurance proceeds for the damage caused to it during a traffic accident, although the old truck can no longer be used to paint lines but will be handy as a flatbed staged for emergent street repairs.