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Mayor Says "Vidalia in Good Shape"
Monday, 28 December 2009

December 28--  Vidalia's veteran mayor says the city is ending the year with no debt, money in the bank and plans for continued growth in the new year.

ImageAsked for a year-end assessment on the state of the city, Mayor Ronnie Dixon says, "We've been able to balance our budget for 2009, we came in under budget, we have no outstanding debt, we've been able to maintain our same tax rate for the past 16 years, so we're in good shape financially and don't owe anybody."

The city continues to improve facilities and will complete its new recreation complex on the Ezra Taylor Road in 2010 along with the expansion of the city community center.  Mayor Dixon says plans are being made to build a new city police department and add hangars at Vidalia Regional Airport.  He also says there will be more resurfacing of city streets in the new year to include Thompson Pond Road.

However, like everyone, Mayor Dixon is concerned about the general economy and it's impact on the people in Vidalia.  "I just hope things are going to get better, that we can bring in more jobs and people can find work," he says.

Mayor Dixon starts his fifth term of office in January and currently has 32 years of experience in city government, 16 years on the city council and 16 years as mayor.

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