Gainesville Mayor Describes City as Strong but Struggling in Address
Published January 22nd, 2014
GAINESVILLE- The state of the city is strong but struggling according to Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy.
Comments on the state of Gainesville's utilities caught plenty of attention at today's State of the City Address.
Mayor Braddy says he doesn't feel like people should have drastically adjust consumption habits to pay rates that are expected to continue to rise.
He had this today to say about the possible outlook for GRU ratepayers, "And frankly if it gets to the point where we must adopt the code of the miser just to make ends meet then we will have manifestly forced on our citizens a lesser quality of life."
Braddy says the first step to getting rates affordable rather than cheap was getting rid of previous general manager Bob Hunzinger and replacing him with interim Kathy Viehe.
GRU has also hired a new CFO.
City Manager Russ Blackburn says the long awaited One Stop Homeless Center is set to open within the next three months.
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