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The Picayune Item
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Todd Lane has announced his candidacy and released this statement.)
Over the last four years the city council along with the mayor have worked together to accomplish and exceed the goals which were set in 2009. In an effort to continue this progress I, Todd Lane, am announcing my candidacy for re-election for Picayune City Council, District 3.
When elected to this position four years ago, there were audits documenting financial irresponsibility and a lack of financial reserves. There were complaints from citizens regarding the abuse of executive session by the previous council. City facilities were in an antiquated building attached to an $800,000 bond debt. City streets were in deplorable conditions. I knew there had to be changes in the way our city was managed while at the same time keeping taxes at a minimum for our citizens.
Your current council has kept the promise of transparency by having limited executive sessions and financial accountability. We have a cash reserve to support three months of city expenditures as mandated by the state. Any issues that affect taxpayers are discussed openly. The old city hall building has been sold and a modern facility built next to the historic building. All of this was done at no cost to taxpayers and the new building is debt free. The citywide street paving project paved several miles of residential streets.
As a taxpayer, I make a commitment to my constituents to keep taxes at a minimum and to continue to monitor how tax dollars are spent. My desire to serve District 3 is not dependent on salary or retirement. I do not have family attached to any government funded job. I choose to run for re-election because I am concerned with the direction the city will go if we do not keep moving forward.
As a lifelong member of this community, it has been an honor to represent District 3 over the last four years. I am easily accessible to all of my constituents and invite anyone to call me with questions or issues. As your councilman, I am here to serve you and no one else. The best interest of everyone as a whole is my main concern. If you’re pleased with the progress that has been made and the direction in which the city is headed, I’m asking for your much appreciated support on May 7.