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Mayor Price: Fort Worth Turning Ship Around, Financially

By Joel Thomas CBS 11 News | CBSDFW.COM
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FORT WORTH, Texas (CBS 11 NEWS) – After years of navigating rough financial waters, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price says this year, “I think we’ve turned the ship around.”

Now, the Mayor is asking for the public’s help in telling her which way to steer the city next.

The rebounding economy and years of painful spending cuts may mean the city will actually have money to reinvest in services this year.  But, just looking at some of the city’s cracked and potholed streets shows all those lean years left a lot of neglected city services as well as a lot of reduced city staffs.  If the city does have a surplus this year, the big question is going to be where does the city spend the money?

“I think the priority should be these potholes because Rosedale for years has been tearing up my tires and costing me money,” said Fort Worth resident Joseph Rudzinski.

“I would like the city to spend more money on housing,” said city resident Jessica Jones.  “There’s a lot of homeless people on the streets.”

“Where is it they want us to reinvest in the city?” Mayor Price asked.  “That’s what we want to hear.”

Mayor Price is asking Fort Worth residents to tell her where she should steer Fort Worth’s money.  Whether they’d prefer more transportation and highway projects or more animal control and code compliance officers.  Whether they want to patch up and repave streets or beef up the police and fire departments.  The mayor says she wants residents to e-mail her before her mid-February so she has an idea of which direction taxpayers think the city should be heading.

“I think its critical since we’ve got this budget done and we want to hold the line on their taxes, we want their input,” Mayor Price said.  “We want to hear from them.”

Price says she’ll read all the e-mails, share them with other city leaders and talk about what she’s hearing from the public in her state of the city address February 13th.

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