With the recent flurry of activity around tax matters you might think that’s all City Council has been working on but if you set aside the emotionalism that any tax reference can generate it turns out that Council has actually spent over 3 times as much time on economic development than taxes this year because they believe that economic development not taxes are the way out of our fiscal crisis. Certainly tax issues make for attention grabbing headlines but if you look at how City Council has actually spent their time rather than what makes the headlines you’d see that for 9 straight months economic development has been priority number one.
Here’s the latest update of the City Council Activity Report. It’s important to remember that we use this activity report to make sure we’re staying in alignment with the community’s top priorities which have been identified through decades of public input sessions. Our goal as the professional staff is to work with City Council to stay focused on the most important issues and we use this framework to check how well we’re doing that each month.
In a world that prefers to bounce around from the latest crisis to the next, we’re trying to stay out in front of community issues and we’re using data to track and measure our performance along the way.