On behalf of the Alpharetta City Council, I am pleased to present our Annual Citizens’ Report for Fiscal Year 2014; a summary of how your tax dollars have been managed this year. Should you have additional questions beyond the scope of this report, I, as well as your city staff, shall continue to make ourselves available to you.
Let me just say: I could not be more proud of all Alpharetta has accomplished this year. We are Georgia’s hometown and the Technology City of the South. In addition to delivering ongoing city services effectively and maintaining a very low tax rate, your Council and city staff have been working diligently here in Alpharetta:
• With a great deal of Citizen input, we have completed the public portion of your new Downtown. The private portion of the project is scheduled to begin in 2015. Once complete, it will serve to further energize and enhance our city;
• With a focus on Downtown events, such as Food Truck Alley and Wire & Wood, we are developing a reputation for food and music. These efforts have led to our designation as the 7th friendliest city in the Country, according to Forbes Magazine, as well as new restaurants in the heart of our city such as South Main Kitchen, Crust, Made, Hop Alley and Salt;
• With your help, we have completed our Downtown Alpharetta Master Plan, incorporating your ideas into the vision of Downtown Alpharetta;
• We are continuing to evaluate the merits of a convention center within the Avalon project so that we may continue our responsibility as the economic leader of our region;
• With the help of our Alpharetta Technology Commission, comprised of our local employers, we have been branding Alpharetta as the “Technology City of the South,” exploring an accelerator program for technology startups, making long range plans for technology infrastructure and tax incentives, and engaging and strengthening our entire technology community within the city;
• We have increased our budget for road resurfacing to maintain our city roads to Alpharetta standards, and we are also continuously looking for ways to improve the flow of traffic throughout the city;
• We have also cut the ribbon for Avalon and broken ground for our new technical college, which will help enhance our city’s technology talent pool.
There is more in the works and we look forward to sharing those successes with you in the months and years to come. Your City Council, your professional city staff, and I thank you for your continued trust and faith in us. We are proud to report to you that Alpharetta continues to shine, continues to be an amazing hometown and continues to lead!
May God bless you here in Alpharetta,
David Belle Isle,