MESSAGE FROM THE CITY MANAGER
Welcome to the November edition of Your City @ Work, a monthly online newsletter. Our goal is to keep you up to date on pending issues and actions before the City Commission so that you can participate in the decision making process. We hope you will find this form of communication educational and informative.
It’s hard to believe that it’s November already! October was a busy month; I’ve been doing ride-a-longs with City staff in the field so I can gain a better understanding of how they do what they do. I’ve spent time with Code Enforcement, Solid Waste, Fire/Rescue and most recently Wastewater. Looking into the deep well of a lift station (which pumps sewage from various areas of the City to the wastewater plant) in the rain while the vacuum truck sucks out used baby wipes and other assorted non-biodegradable items makes me appreciate our field staff all the more.
I am grateful to the 2018 Inaugural Citizens’ Academy class for spending nine Tuesday evenings getting to know how the City works and meeting the employees who make it work day in and day out.
We had very good news at the beginning of October. S&P Global raised its credit rating one notch from
AA from AA+
on the City of Dunedin (our issuer rating) and the outlook is stable. This means we pay less when we issue debt for capital (construction) projects. The rating agency’s opinion reflects the following key points:
City’s strong assessed value growth and rebound from the recession, update to the city’s financial management policies, strong economy, strong management, very strong budget flexibility, liquidity and adequate debt.
There’s lots more to report and it’s all in the newsletter. I hope you and your families have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Jennifer K. Bramley, City Manager