10/10/2012 10:20:00 AM Mayor's Report: Elected officials need to hear from community
By Chino Valley Mayor Chris Marley
One of the greatest difficulties in serving as an elected official in a town the size of Chino Valley is ascertaining the will of the entirety of the town's citizens.
The town council often hears opinions from members of the public in our council meetings and study sessions, but the vast majority of our constituents are often too busy just keeping a roof over their family's heads to take time to attend a Tuesday night council meeting or a Thursday night study session.
As a result, council members often base their decisions on information that is partial at best.
In order for the Town of Chino Valley to survive in these challenging times, your elected officials need to hear from all of the town's citizens on subjects such as how the town's finances are spent, what programs and services are important to our residents, and, perhaps most importantly, how those finances are to be acquired.
Some of the town's finances are spent in ways over which we have no control (certain services are mandated by law), but others are entirely at the will of the citizens.
The two major challenges facing your council are cutting costs (not a popular subject), and raising revenues (even more unpopular).
Once we have received comment from our town's citizens regarding which programs they desire and how they are willing to finance them, the town's elected officials will embark on a program to implement those changes.
In the next few weeks, the Town of Chino Valley will be sending out a short survey (hopefully about two pages long) to the homes of our registered voters.
I realize that surveys have been sent out in the past to our residents, but the town has changed considerably in the last few years, both in population and physical size. The gravity of the decisions facing our town council are such that we cannot base our decisions on old data.
Whether you have been a citizen of Chino Valley for six weeks or 60 years, this is your town - you have an opportunity to have a say in the town's future. Please make use of this opportunity.