Congratulations Seven Hills for passing all four issues on the November 8th ballot, in a crucial election for the future of our city. Over the almost 14 years of my involvement with city government, we have struggled to overcome economic challenges posed by tough issues like the Recreation Center construction problems, cuts in financing from the State of Ohio, lack of revenue generating economic development, and some of the other things you all know about. This evening, Seven Hills turned a corner on that past with a historic achievement that will make our future much brighter. Here are the final election results, with all eight precincts reporting:
ISSUE 91 Tax increase, fire
ISSUE 92 Income tax increase
ISSUE 93 Charter change, fire staffing
ISSUE 94 Charter change, petition residency
It was always known that Seven Hills needed about another $2 Million annually to balance its budget and to do other important things like road repairs. In my first 4 years as mayor, many one-time, difficult financial measures became necessary to tighten our finances. We tripled our cash reserves from $1.8 Million to $5.6 Million over that time and wiped out almost a half million dollars in annual losses at the Recreation Center. Back then, the last piece of the puzzle of economic stability was the failed 2014 police levy. After that, city finances became even more difficult as budget deficits mounted, and the resulting city hall controversies over different remedies sometimes became very intense.
You, our voters, have now stepped up and changed all that in this election and you deserve to be proud of your very difficult, but correct, decisions. Over the past several weeks, your elected officials and others worked diligently to get the message out again that the city needed more revenue. Your vote will prevent many more even more difficult cuts that were coming, and will allow us to reverse many of the cost cutting measures of the past few years that have made running our city so difficult. Everyone who had a part in this result, working together, should be congratulated for your dedication to our community. As Mayor, I thank you all on behalf of the City of Seven Hills.
Now that the vote is in, you have provided the road map showing where you want your city to go in the future. Seven Hills will be able to fully meet our responsibilities to our residents as a completely operational, modern city should, and in a manner in which you can all take pride. Our responsibility, and my commitment to you now, is to seek out the best of the many available routes to get us there with the new resources and support you have given your city in this election.
Let’s now continue working together to restore Seven Hills to its rightful place among our local communities. I am so proud of all of you all this evening, Seven Hills. Well done!