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Looking back at 2012 and ahead to 2013 | GUEST OPINION

Marysville Globe Guest Opinion
January 9, 2013 · 8:56 AM

I want to extend my best wishes to the citizens and families in Marysville for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

A day doesn’t go by that I’m not proud to serve you and excited about the positive changes we are making for Marysville’s future.

In recent years, Marysville has successfully navigated its way through some challenging financial times. Guided by a disciplined, operating philosophy, we have stayed a course that is advancing our city from fiscal solvency towards fiscal good health, which means we are easing toward our goal of re-building funding again for some core government services we put on hold due to the recovering economy, and we are moving forward with strategic investments necessary to lay the groundwork for a prosperous future.

Before I share a glimpse at a remarkable year of accomplishments in 2012 and what’s ahead in the new y ear, I want to take a moment to thank and recognize the City Council. Their enthusiasm, capability, public accountability and cohesiveness are second to none. I consider them among the best our city has ever had.

I also want to thank our talented and committed staff led by Chief Administrative Officer Gloria Hirashima, and our hard-working City employees. Each and every day, they demonstrate integrity, teamwork, innovation and accountability in their goal to meet the needs of our community by providing quality services, with a continuing focus on excellence.

In whatever way you experience Marysville — live, work, play — your city government’s mission is to provide quality, innovative and efficient services that promote economic growth, thriving neighborhoods, healthful living, and financial sustainability for you and your family, and for businesses.

Achievements in 2012

We had many noteworthy achievements in 2012 that used resources and taxpayer funds responsibly. So let’s review our progress:

Building on our progress in 2013

We can be proud of the work we undertook over the past year to build on Marysville’s successes and to address some of the challenges in our community. Looking ahead in the New Year, we have many opportunities to build on that progress.

The city will also shepherd two bills through the 2013 legislative session in Olympia  — public safety legislation to address zoning issues related to sex offender housing, and a measure designed to give incentives to attract manufacturing jobs to already zoned and planned Manufacturing and Industrial Centers such as the Smokey Point/Arlington area.

To Marysville citizens, I look forward to meeting and working with you to do great things in our community in the new year for which we can all be proud.

Mayor Jon Nehring can be reached at mayor@marysvillewa.gov or 360-363-8091.


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