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For Sale signs in the yards
November 7, 2013 - Blaine Hyska
Congratulations to the winners of the local city elections.
Your jobs are just beginning. This won’t be easy if you want to be successful. If you cannot push for progress, at least don’t block it.
It’s no secret that people are leaving the area. Just cruise through local communities and take note of how many “For Sale” signs you see.
Local municipalities ought to accept a good portion of the responsibility for this situation. Local communities need to react. Homeowners have done their share. Most are selling their homes for less than what they paid. They’re taking a loss.
What are local municipalities doing to try to keep people in the community? Is it the same-old, same-old, or are local officials making their communities the best possible place to live?
Are the streets in good shape? Are potholes filled promptly? How are the parks? Are the water rates reasonable? How are the employment opportunities? Do you offer hassle-free garbage pickup? Is it a safe place to live?
Are the taxes reasonably low? More importantly, are the customers (the residents of the community) getting their money’s worth? People are willing to pay for great service. Is your community giving it?
Are city offices and services assessable? Are city office hours set for the convenience of the customers, or the employees? Do you have (gasp, heaven forbid) Saturday hours, or evening hours?
Your customers, the people who live in the community, are most likely working people. This should be about convenience for the customer.
Elected city officials should be able to rattle off at least a half a dozen reasons why it’s great live in their town. If they can’t, you have to question the city’s leadership.
The country is full of has-beens. Don’t assume once people move in, they’ll stay forever. Look at Detroit.
Here’s one measure. If a city’s own workers choose not to live in the municipality in which they work, how can you possibly expect to lure new taxpaying residents?
What you get is a town with a bunch of “For Sale” signs in the yards.
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