The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

February 28, 2014

Focus on the future, not on individual needs

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I believe in lower fees. I want to be safe. However, I also want something for my family to do.

The department heads involved in all these decisions should be commended. It’s not easy to slash money from budgets. It’s not easy to be grilled by City Council members. And it’s not easy to explain the necessity of each department to people who likely don’t know the exact workings of each entity.

We’re all in this together. Industry is starting to move back, which is evidenced by the continued developments at the Lincoln Way Rail and Air Park. That’s a good sign.

Now the work begins on getting people to live in this area.

It’s a competitive world in luring people to live in a specific area, especially with the explosion of population in bigger cities. There’s several factors that matter in increasing population and I hope city leaders don’t sidestep one to focus only on a few specific areas.

This will be a work in progress and tough budget discussions will likely continue, not only in January and February, but during the year. More questions are being asked by city officials, and with that, more spirited discussion will follow.

My hope is that everyone involved in these decisions, from City Council members to all department heads, have a similar vision — to be concerned with the area’s future and not on one’s own individual interests.

Scott Levine is the Associate Editor of the Clinton Herald. He can be reached at scottlevine@clintonherald.com.

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