City Lights March 2019.pub

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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