Burlington Mayor Delivers "State of the City" Address

Published 04/07 2014 10:33PM

Updated 04/07 2014 10:44PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - When it comes to the City of Burlington's money problems, the mayor says the worst days are behind it.

On Monday, Mayor Miro Weinberger delivered his "State of the City" Address.

"We have turned the corner, and the state of the city is steadily and measurably improving," says Weinberger.

Weinberger says the city is more open about money, its credit ratings are stable, and it's closer to resolving problems with Burlington Telecom. But he says there's more to do including creating a ten-year plan to fix city infrastructure such as roads.

"I see this plan as a key document for ensuring that we make good on our responsibility to leave the city in better shape than it was when we started," says Weinberger.

Reaction was generally positive, though Republican City Councilor Kurt Wright was not completely sold.

"The tougher part is when they come out with solutions. That's as they say the devil is in the details on these kinds of things," says Wright.

Progressive Rachel Siegel hoped the city would also tackle other issues this year.

"We hope to do some work on climate change mitigation both smaller scale issues of waste management and then bigger issues around investments," says Siegel.

The mayor also wants to work on school funding. While the city is not directly responsible for the school budget, the mayor says it's important property taxes don't go up too much.

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