From the Mayor

I am really excited about this month’s InTucker, as it is the first we’ve published geared specifically toward our youngest residents. We know that children are the future of our community and that summer can be an exciting, yet difficult time for them. As we head into summer, our staff wanted to highlight some ways to help Tucker’s kids stay active – both mentally and physically.

Inside, you’ll read about our new and improved, top-notch yet affordable, Summer Camp being hosted at Tucker Recreation Center (page 7). You’ll also find that Tucker’s library is the place to be for some great, free children’s programs throughout the summer (page 4). For families who need a little help, I hope you’ll look into the exciting partnership the Tucker Farmers Market has established to get fresh fruits and veggies on your table, regardless of your income (page 2).

It all goes to show that we’re focused on making Tucker a great place to live – for all its residents.

With that in mind, a quick note on our upcoming Fiscal Year budget. The City Council and I voted unanimously to approve a $12.8 million budget for FY ’19. This balanced budget funds our parks, addresses much needed road repaving and accomplishes our goal of maintaining a zero-millage rate for the residents of Tucker. The priorities you’ll find in this budget were set with an eye to the future, following a vision that really has been guided by you.

If you’ve not been engaged with our budget process thus far in cityhood – municipal finances can tend to be pretty dense stuff – I would encourage you to take some time and visit, where you can see how literally every cent of money is being collected and spent at City Hall. You’ll get a good primer on May 8 at the first-ever session of our University of Government Affairs at Tucker. This program is free and open to anyone with an interest in learning how their City government functions.

And remember, our government functions for you. But it functions a lot better with you.

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