Work­ing to meet the needs of our cit­i­zens

Dayton Daily News - - IN OUR CITIES: KETTERING -

I ap­pre­ci­ate the op­por­tu­nity to write this col­umn for the Ket­ter­ing City Page each month. It gives me the chance to pro­vide im­por­tant city up­dates with you, and from time to time of­fers a way to share “the rest of the story” about projects and ini­tia­tives of re­cent in­ter­est.

As Ket­ter­ing’s mayor, I take very se­ri­ously the re­spon­si­bil­ity to di­rect city pol­icy and bud­get to meet the needs of our com­mu­nity and im­prove qual­ity of life for all Ket­ter­ing res­i­dents. I am proud that as a city, Ket­ter­ing strate­gi­cally rein­vests in our in­fra­struc­ture, our city fa­cil­i­ties, our neigh­bor­hoods and our parks to main­tain the ex­cep­tional qual­ity that con­tin­ues to bring new res­i­dents and new busi­nesses here.

Ded­i­cat­ing our re­sources is a care­ful bal­ance and it is the role of City Coun­cil and City Ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­sure that we are wise stew­ards, al­lo­cat­ing in­vest­ments in a man­ner that will ben­e­fit the en­tire com­mu­nity. We have res­i­dents who value af­ford­able and high-qual­ity city ser­vices, some who pre­fer fo­cus on road­ways and prop­erty main­te­nance, oth­ers trea­sure our world-class spe­cial ameni­ties and pub­lic art and oth­ers who place a pri­or­ity on our rein­vest­ment in va­cant com­mer­cial ar­eas. It is our duty to as­sign re­sources to meet the di­verse in­ter­ests of all our cit­i­zens.

Sev­eral up­com­ing projects in the city high­light the method Ket­ter­ing uses to sup­port pub­lic art. For decades the city has set aside a small amount of funds each year to be ded­i­cated to in­vest­ment in pub­lic art through our Ci­tySites pro­gram. Our 1 per­cent for the Arts Fund, as the name im­plies, is equal to one per­cent of the city’s in­vest­ment in our an­nual cap­i­tal im­prove­ment pro­gram bud­get. Think of it like a sav­ings ac­count that slowly ac­crues over time. Af­ter many years, there are suf­fi­cient funds in the ac­count to spend on a new pub­lic art project. City Coun­cil con­tin­ues to sup­port this sav­ings pol­icy be­cause we be­lieve that pub­lic art en­hances the iden­tity of Ket­ter­ing and in­spires a spirit of com­mu­nity that en­hances qual­ity of life.

We also set aside funds an­nu­ally for other im­por­tant pri­or­i­ties like eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, street im­prove­ments and up­grades to our parks. The es­tab­lish­ment of the city bud­get is the sin­gle great­est pol­icy ac­tion I and my fel­low mem­bers of City Coun­cil take each year. In the com­ing weeks we will re­view and ap­prove the 2019 bud­get rec­om­men­da­tions pre­sented by our out­stand­ing city ad­min­is­tra­tors. Our meet­ing sched­ule, agenda, cur­rent city bud­get, search­able data­base for all city ex­pen­di­tures and City Coun­cil con­tact in­for­ma­tion can all be found on our www.ket­ web­site. If you have rec­om­men­da­tions on how we al­lo­cate our re­sources for the com­ing year, please join us at an up­com­ing City Coun­cil meet­ing or reach out di­rectly to your Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Don Pat­ter­son is mayor of Ket­ter­ing.

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