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Our property taxes are increasing, while our house values are dropping. And services are still being reduced. According to the DOR, our average tax bill increased 19% and house values dropped by 27%. What are we doing to bring some stability and tax equity to the citizens of our city? Even with paying more taxes our Police Department remains understaffed. When the Mayor took office we had about 145 police officers now we are down to 120. Understandably, the crime rate is still high in 2012 with the understaffed department. But crime is still higher than what it was before 2010. We are paying the salaries of 4 officers even though they are not working. The mayor can suspend without pay two officers that are indicted. Why isn't he doing that and saving the city $200k? Unemployment is over 14%. I have to yet hear the mayor talk about his plan to help our neighbors who are unemployed and looking for work. What is the signature economic development initiative in 2012? How many jobs were created in 2012 due to the city's initiative? What is the game plan to retain the fire department personnel when the safer grant expires? What is the game plan to more fully staff our police department? What is the game plan to utilize the empty and abandoned Bailey Street and Ames Street fire stations? Last summer, the CD department met with interested stakeholders and citizens to work on reviving the Canal Street area. What has happened with that project? The mayor has embarrassed our city repeatedly. In 2012 he has continued hiring unqualified supporters to key DPW positions. What is being done to repair the city's image, and to stop making our government the laughing stock across the state.