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Vidalia on Sound Footing
Tuesday, 28 December 2010

December 28--  Vidalia Mayor Ronnie Dixon says the city is starting the New Year in good financial shape, no debt and no plans for any tax increases for the 17th straight year.

Image"We're in a strong financial position with no debt and strong fiscal management.  We have good people running this city government and they do a good job of keeping all of our monies intact.  We're pretty conservative in doing all we need to do for our citizens," Mayor Dixon reports.

Vidalia has a reserve of $1.25 million in its general fund and $850,000 in reserve for the water and sewer department.

The city invested sales tax revenue this  year to expand the community center and to complete a new adult recreation complex on the Ezra Taylor Road on the eastern side of town.

In the New Year, the old Winn Dixie building downtown will be renovated to, among other things, replace the overcrowded police department building behind city hall.

"We hope to use it for the new police station, a new municipal courtroom and, in the future, bring in some other city offices and agencies that might be able to use that building," he said.

Mayor Dixon says he's proud the city was able to get Thompson Pond Road resurfaced this year and in 2011 he's hopes progress can be made on repaving Adams Street.

"Our plans are to do something with Adams Street which is a state highway and will require state participation.  It will require a lot of infrastructure work and that's our biggest project for the future," he noted.

Despite the economy, Mayor Dixon reports city sales tax revenue increased slightly in 2010 because Vidalia is a regional shopping destination.

"I go out to Walmart and walk through the parking lot and see how many different counties are represented.  This past week I was out there and saw cars in just one line from 15 different counties..  Vidalia is just a great place to shop," he said.  

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