Your Voice: Farmington election is ‘A Tale of Two Cities’

TO THE EDITOR:

This coming election day we will be deciding what type of community we want to be. The choice is stark.

A “yes” vote on the millage question means that we are a city that wants to invest in our future with improved infrastructure, parks, and city services. This is the type of community that people are attracted to and want to live, work, and play in; increasing demand and improving property values. This is a community that attracts private investment, is on the ascent, and is optimistic about its future.

A “no” vote on the millage question means that we are a city that wants to continue in the “hunkered down” mode that we have operated in since the Great Recession. This is the type of community that will continue to make the tough choices to allocate its limited funds to repair aged infrastructure in an ad hoc, “worst first” manner, reduce and/or eliminate certain city services, and continue to look for ways to save money by reducing its staffing costs; all in an effort to balance the budget. This is a community which will experience diminishing returns.

I am optimistic about Farmington’s future and believe that its best days are ahead. I encourage you to share that optimism and join me in voting “yes” for Farmington.

Steven G. Schneemann
Mayor of Farmington