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Encourage business growth and development

For businesses, time is money. Implementing standardized business licensing practices saves businesses time and supports local economic growth.

Action Item

  • Standardize business license tax collection processes across the state.

Provide quality services

Residents and businesses expect a positive quality of life and economic prosperity in their hometowns.  To achieve this, dependable and consistent revenue sources are necessary to support the efficient and effective delivery of municipal services.

Action Items

Increase funding for law enforcement

Law enforcement agencies face challenge of recruiting, hiring and training highly qualified officers. Increased funding for training and resources will result in safer streets and communities.

Action Items

  • Increase reliable funding to offer more training opportunities for law enforcement officers.
  • Increase funding for body worn cameras.
  • Equip cities and towns with the tools to meet law enforcement challenges created by the opioid epidemic.

Expand funding sources for infrastructure

Long-term management of infrastructure extends beyond building roads, fixing potholes and cleaning drainage ditches. Cities and towns need resources and flexibility to prioritize and address local infrastructure challenges.

Action ItemĀ­s

  • Increase municipal representation on County Transportation Committees.
  • Increase funding for drainage projects to mitigate flood-prone areas
  • Identify funding sources for relocating municipally-owned utilities forced to move due to road and bridge construction.

Reduce blight

Dilapidated structures pose a public safety threat in municipalities of all sizes. Additional tools to clear blight will ensure the safety of residents and visitors and spur economic development opportunities for business owners.

Action Item

  • Establish options to recover public funds spent to demolish or clean blighted property.