The Greenville Chamber of Commerce along with many businesses, civic and community leaders came together today at the Texan Theater for the annual State of the City address and quarterly chamber membership luncheon. Presenting sponsors of the luncheon included: GEUS, MidSouth Bank, New York Life, Latsons and Greenshoot Agency. New Judge Bobby Stovall spoke on “how and what the legislature is going to do for our county.”
“They are looking a school funding and tax reform and it is going to be a challenging session for our legislators,” he said. “Next up is restoring our courthouse. We are looking at grant money to help with some of the structural issues we are facing in an old building. The jail is another issue in need of repairs and lastly our county roads. We have to keep up with our roads as we continue to grow.”
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Mayor David Dreiling opened his message to the crowd by saying, “Greenville – we are doing a great job. It’s all about teamwork.”
In 2018 the total revenue for the city of Greenville was a little over $24 million.
“Public safety is our biggest and most important expenditure, but we are doing a good job of controlling expenses,” said Dreiling.
In the last four years, the city has seen tax reductions on property taxes each year. Dreiling went on to say, “we also don’t like to borrow a lot of money. The city operates with a pay as you go system to keep our debt in line and that seems to work for us.”
A city goal and project update were presented by City Manager, Summer Spurlock.
Goal 1 – Evaluate a plan for water projects
Goal 2 – Evaluate a plan for wastewater projects
Goal 3 – Comprehensive review of city water supply
Goal 4 – Comprehensive plan for the city of Greenville
Goal 5 – To clean up the city
Goal 6 – Staffing for the city
Other projects for the city included: GMA sound system was upgraded, CenterPoint Lane is complete, airport erosion has been addressed, airport proposed Apron Expansion, radio infrastructure upgrade.
Byron Taylor, President and CEO for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the chamber staff hosted the event.
“It’s a great day to live and work in Greenville, TX – the place I call home,” said Taylor