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Fiscal responsibility benefits generations

Article Published 03/25/2011

Message from the Mayor

April 2011

During the first quarter of 2011, the City Council, with the support of City staff and employees, has kept steadfast focus on healthy growth. Hard issues have been confronted and we have emerged victorious. Major issues that will face Layton a generation from now are being anticipated today and our healthy economic foundation will provide the backbone for our plans. Success and prosperity always precipitate growth, a double-edged challenge. Although growth will happen, it can be managed responsibly and planned ingeniously to serve the highest good of all concerned.

Building on those strengths we already enjoy, the completion of the South Layton Interchange to I-15, the redevelopment of the Fort Lane Shopping area and the introduction of "Transit Oriented Development" near our intermodal hub will coincide with the revitalization of "Historic Downtown" — completely changing the dynamics of the whole area.

New businesses continue to "hang their shingle" here as Janicki Industries anchors the new research manufacturing park at the East Gate of Hill Air Force Base; Dicks Sporting Goods will open in the old Mervyns Building at the Mall; In-N-Out Burger has announced that they will be coming our way; Brick Oven Pizza now occupies the old Tony Roma’s restaurant; Bed Bath and Beyond has moved to a new location; and Sweet Tooth Fairy is here along with Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Zions Bank, Cache Valley Bank, and US Bank all have new offices in the city and WinCo Foods will begin construction of a their store soon. This is just a sampling of what is new in our community and how a fiscally responsible approach to government has avoided any property tax increases for more than 20 years.

We now contemplate direction for years ahead on issues that will have a profound effect on the quality of life enjoyed in our neighborhoods. I am confident that our proposed direction will be successful and that we will continue to be regarded as an honorable, noble and reputable community led by a team of dedicated public servants, committed to seeing that the citizens of Layton are given the best services for the most efficient cost.

Mayor Steve Curtis