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Clinton City Manager Roger Houck was asked to submit a "state of the city" report for CLINTON LIFE magazine. Here's a reprint of the story.

The City of Clinton was awarded two Federal Grants over the last year: one for four firemen, which paid 100% of their salaries and benefits for two years, and the other for one School Resource Officer (SRO). The City partnered with Clinton City Schools to provide two additional SROs, which allowed for a full-time police presence in each City School.

The Clinton Police Department was also awarded the Excellence in Police Services Award by the Tennessee Municipal League in June. This award recognizes the top police departments throughout the state. TBI statistics show for 2013 that crime was down 5.4% in Tennessee; however, in Clinton we saw a 20% reduction in crime. The Public Works department began a much needed paving project in 2011, and to date has paved 25 percent of the City streets totaling approximately 21,250 tons of asphalt. This has been the largest paving project in the past 25 years for the City.

The Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of applying for a Local Parks & Recreation Fund Grant to reconfigure the baseball fields at Jaycee Park while adding new bleachers, concessions and restrooms. The grant includes a new concession stand and restrooms at the baseball field adjacent to the Community Center and a splash pad for the South Clinton Park.
Clinton will be in its fourth consecutive year without a property tax increase, which is $.76 per $100.00 assessed value. This is the 14th lowest tax rate in the State for a city the size of Clinton. The City of Clinton has seen four years with a balanced budget and was for the first time able to create a Capital Reserve Fund, which allows us to pay for capital purchases without borrowing money. The City’s annual Audit has not received any new findings for the past two fiscal years and we currently have an unassigned fund balance of over $5 million and have reduced over the last four years our debt by $1.8 million.

The Clinton Fire Department will see its biggest change in over 20 years with the re-opening of Fire Headquarters as a 24/7 operating station. This will allow the response time to be less than four minutes for the first fire unit to be on scene anywhere in the City. The location for this third station was determined by an extensive study by UT MTAS Fire Specialists. Plans are to build a fourth station in the vicinity of the I-75 interchange when our growth numbers support it.

Since 2010, Clinton has seen major growth in its industrial development. Ten of the industries have a made a combined $202,000,000.00 investment in their facilities and equipment. This has created 1,071 new jobs in our city! The City will continue its relationship with the Anderson County Economic Development Association to recruit new companies to Anderson County.

With support of the Mayor and City Council, the outstanding job by the Department Heads and the dedication of every city employee, I take a quote from the Police Chief Rick Scarborough: “We have set a standard on how government agencies can not only maintain, but thrive during struggling economic times.”

Roger Houck