MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Mayoral Election is over and Mayor Todd Strange has won another term. Not only did he win, he received over 56 percent of the vote in a five candidate race. That is a major victory and shows that the voters feel like he is taking Montgomery down the right path.
I have been vocal in my comments that I think that the revitalization in the downtown area is very exciting and that it will continue to provide more revenue as the new businesses flourish. Sales tax in Montgomery is expected to break the $100 million mark this year for the first time ever and there is so much more opportunity.
The 2016 Fiscal Budget was released two weeks ago and Montgomery, under Mayor Strange and the City Council, is in a very sound financial state. The budget is balanced and money is going to pay off debt, and money is going into the reserve. These are all signs of an administration that is working hard to do the right thing.
Yes, there is much more to do. There are parts of the city, including the one that I work in every day that need help.
The public school system, has many bright spots – including Superintendent Margaret Allen, but overall, right now, is failing at best.
Crime throughout the city is still way too high, but I will say, this city is moving in the right direction. The issues I just mentioned have positive momentum for change – AND can all be fixed, but WE have to be part of the solution.
The administration led by Mayor Strange is making great decisions for this city, and I am excited to see what is coming in the next four years.