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Mayor Scrima's 2014 Budget Message

Mayor notes year's highlights

Dec. 17, 2013

The Waukesha family has rhythm. And as we approach the holidays, it's good for us to reflect on who we are, what we value, what we've accomplished, and where we are going.

We are the birthplace of Les Paul – innovator of the electric guitar – and the only small town Gibson GuitarTown. We are home to thousands of caring families, responsible business people, and gifted artists. And by bringing our tax levy in tune (and on average under inflation) during the last four years, we have provided tax relief and saved our families money.

Welcome to Waukesha, where we are amplifying our values of empathy, responsibility, and creativity.

So stroll down our Riverwalk, or just sit and talk. Skip through the Frame Park formal gardens to our children's library. Grab a steaming cup from one of our unique coffee shops. Drop by for a class at historic Carroll University – the state's oldest four-year institution of higher education. From the largest Farmer's Market in the county to Freeman Friday Night Live, we've got fresh food and fun music, inside and outside. Head to an Art Crawl to see galleries of original art from innovative people – highlighting the vitality and vision of our community.

Speaking of community front porch events, bring your family and friends for the horse-drawn carriage rides and caroling downtown in December. Mark your calendars to feel the heartbeat of the Waukesha JanBoree on January 17, Freeman Friday Night Live on June 6, Fiesta Waukesha on June 20, and Waukesha Reads on October 1. Sip some fine wine, grab an appetizer, or dine at any of our specialty restaurants while you discover a town flourishing on many fronts.

We are also a center of health care, electrical and power industries. We have technology, manufacturing, and retail employers expanding – including ProHealth Care, SPX Waukesha Electric, Weldall Manufacturing, GE Gas Engines, Gaco Western, the Shoppes at Fox River, Woodman's Food Market, the revitalization of East Sunset Drive and more – currently adding over 700 new family-supporting jobs to our community.

During the last four years we have:

·Balanced our city checkbook and kept taxes flat (on average under inflation)

·Created over 700 new family-supporting jobs

·Moved forward towards Oak Creek for sustainable and clean water

·Invested millions of dollars (more than doubling our investment) into road restoration

·Grown our community front porch events like Freeman Friday Night Live and GuitarTown

Waukesha's award-winning Parks, Library, Schools, and our vibrant businesses are all waiting for you. Our goal is to become the #1 best small city in America by 2018, and we have some exciting plans for the next few years to get us there. Please join us in creating a better future!

For this holiday and new year, our family invites your family to enjoy the rhythm of Waukesha!"

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