Mayor Presents State of the City Address
Murphy Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Juli Richards presented Mayor Scott Bradley with a token of appreciation at the September Chamber luncheon.
At the September Murphy Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Mayor Scott Bradley was the speaker and presented the State of the City.
First up on the presentation was city budget. During the luncheon presentation, Bradley announced the tax rate increased to $.50 due to the bond election. (At the council meeting the same night, Sept. 18, the rate of $.50 was lowered to $.49 per $100 valuation. Bradley said, “This was actually possible because we ended up under-spending in the 2018 actual budget and used that revenue to buy the tax rate.” He added, “This is our fifth straight year in reducing the rate in response to property valuation increases.”) He presented a graph which charted tax rates since 2009. In 2009, the tax rate was $.518, in 2013 and 2014 it reached $.570 and in 2019, it will be $.49.
He discussed that three of the four bond propositions passed. 14 of the capital bond projects are in design phase. He elaborated on the Heritage Parkway Landscape and Irrigation Improvement project by saying he would like to see drought resistant plantings and nice, natural stones used here which will bring a low maintenance cost and last through time.
He said 17 new businesses opened in Murphy in 2018 and three are coming soon. He referenced Jason’s Deli which will be located on FM544 and said this is an example of reaching a balance between the wants of developers and landowners.
He talked about the great success of all the community events. He said, “I love the community events in Murphy. Parks and Rec does such a great job.” The Second Annual Daddy Daughter Dance was sold out. The 5th Annual Rainbow Trout Roundup had an attendance of 369. Moonlight Movies had 1,500 in attendance. 8,600 people attended the Sounds at Sundown Summer concert series. (2,000 people filled Murphy Central Park when Emerald City performed.) 2,600 people attended the 3rd Annual Tunes, Tails and Ales - Murphy’s Craft Beer Festival. He reflected on how he was inspired during a road trip on his motorcycle to start the craft beer festival in Murphy. He said, “Maize Days (Sept. 29) is one of our keystone events. We try to add something new every year.”