DeSoto City Lights March, 2019 www.desototexas.gov A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department “The State Of Our City Is Solid As A Rock” By Matt Smith, Communications Manager On Thursday, February 7, 2019, the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce welcomed Mayor CurƟstene S. McCowan to the City’s Civic Center to deliver her 2019 State of the City Address before a lunchƟme gathering of members of DeSoto’s business and civic communiƟes. The theme of this year’s address, “Excellence in Balance,” provided Mayor McCowan with the opportunity to highlight the City’s successful efforts to strengthen the municipal workforce, upgrade finances and jumpstart economic development. By exercising responsible governmental stewardship, the Mayor noted that DeSoto has been able to hold the line on property taxes for the past eight years while reducing them for the last four, secure two bond raƟng upgrades, generate impressive growth in revenue and reserve funds, build a stronger workforce, improve service delivery, and lower the crime rate. “Given these steady accomplishments and numerous recogniƟons received from organizaƟons that rate government effecƟveness, I can say without hesitaƟon that the State of our City is solid! Solid as a rock!” declared Mayor McCowan.
Among the recogniƟons that the Mayor was referring to were DeSoto’s third straight Digital CiƟes Award, AccreditaƟon from the Commission for AccreditaƟon of Parks & RecreaƟon Agencies (CAPRA), AccreditaƟon from the Commission on AccreditaƟon for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), an ISO Class 1 Fire Department RaƟng, Texas Municipal Library Directors AssociaƟon recogniƟon and the Government Finance Officers AssociaƟon’s CerƟficate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial ReporƟng and DisƟnguished Budget PresentaƟon Award. One of the biggest success stories, and challenges, that the Mayor spoke of in her address was the administraƟon's efforts to acquire and retain high‐quality workers.
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