Klapp: 2016 priorities align with overall city council work plan

Suzanne Klapp

Suzanne Klapp

Throughout my tenure on the council, I have pushed for strategic planning and goal setting.

The priorities I will pursue for 2016 align with the overall city council’s work plan adopted over the last few years. We must work together as a council, as much as an elected body can, so that we continually improve our services to both residents and tourists.

We do that with a fiscally and physically healthy city. My goals to make sure we provide “simply better service” include:

  • Continue to revitalize the McDowell Road Corridor. I pledge my ongoing support to economic activities, such as new housing, businesses and services along the corridor, along the southern part of Scottsdale Road, and in the southern areas of the city.
  • Focus on economic development to create jobs and support high quality city services. As a small business owner and someone who has been in business for myself or others for over 40 years, my life’s work has been about job creation and support for the business community. The sales taxes and other forms of revenue, including payrolls, created by city businesses help fund the wonderful services enjoyed by everyone in Scottsdale.
  • Support capital projects and events to encourage tourism. In the last several years, I supported improving WestWorld with a new multiuse facility and adding the Museum of the West in downtown. In 2016, I support continuing to move forward with a Desert Discovery Center to showcase our vast preserve to all residents and tourists as well.
  • Develop a strong transportation system. Transportation needs vary among the citizenry. Scottsdale relies on busses and a popular trolley system for transit. I will continue to support increasing bus and trolley frequency and availability. Our older citizens are utilizing Dial-a-Ride in growing numbers, and I support a system where residents do not have to transfer vehicles when they cross municipal lines. Additionally, our residents want more walking paths and bike lanes, and I support investment in these other forms of transportation.
  • Maintain fiscally sustainable operating and capital budgets. Through the last seven years on the council, I have helped guide the city through and out of a recession that significantly impacted our revenues. My focus has been and will continue to be on reducing people over time by creating more efficiency in each department and with opposing increases in sales taxes. Additionally, we should examine all city taxes and fees to assure they are reasonable and fair.
  • Encourage and support high performing city employees. I will continue to push for competitive pay for our city people, with corresponding performance requirements.   And, we must have a good program in place to address internal training needs to improve skill levels.

Editor's Note: Ms. Klapp is a member of Scottsdale City Council.

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