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Nov. 25, 2015

Much to give thanks for this holiday season

By Mayor Jay Tibshraeny

Many people like to share their annual highlights with friends and family through holiday letters. And why not? The holidays are a perfect time to reflect and give thanks. We certainly have much to be grateful for here in our community.

Things like new parks and renovations to existing ones. The people who make our community tick. Those neighborhood leaders and outstanding volunteers who are so engaged in making Chandler the outstanding place it has become.  Events like our annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting, Parade of Lights, Fourth of July celebration and my annual Day of Play. Companies like Wells Fargo, Infusionsoft, Intel as well as the many small businesses that continue to invest so much in our City through expansions and goodwill efforts. And, much is happening in downtown Chandler as we work to develop more amenities, welcome new businesses and continue to build on our university presence there.

We can also be thankful for our continued financial stability. We learned just recently that our AAA Excise Tax Revenue Obligation Bond ratings have been re-affirmed by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch rating agencies. These ratings pertain to both our existing debt and upcoming bond sale that will fund future water and wastewater expansion projects that are critical to our city’s operations. It is great news for the City, as we continue to maintain a strong fiscal outlook. And we want your help in seeing that continue. Please take a few minutes to let us know your thoughts through the annual online budget survey at chandleraz.gov/budget.

While this is a time to spend celebrating with friends and family, remember also that there are those in the community who continue to struggle for various reasons. If you can, please donate some time or contribute to one of the many nonprofit agencies in Chandler who help those in need now and throughout the year. A good place to find information is at: 211arizona.org.

And, as always, remember to “Shop Chandler” for your holiday gifts, as those tax dollars are critical to maintain city services. Sales taxes from the money you spend here help support City services, such as public safety, road improvements, neighborhoods – and our economic development efforts. These taxes also support a quality of life enhanced by parks, sports fields, trails, pools and recreation programs.

To stay in touch throughout 2016, please follow me on Twitter (@jaytibshraeny) and visit the City’s award-winning website (www.chandleraz.gov) for more news on the community. Finally, here is to a very joyful New Year for all Chandler residents.