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Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima's Holiday Message

Things are getting brighter. During the last two years we have made significant progress.

Editor's Note: The following opinion piece was submitted to Patch by Mayor Jeff Scrima.

Things are getting brighter. During the last two years we have made significant progress.

In 2011…

  • Our city tax levy increased by zero percent.
  • The National Recreation and Park Association granted Waukesha their “Gold Medal Award.”
  • The Wisconsin Library Association designated our Public Library the “Wisconsin Library of the Year.”
  • The League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Arts Wisconsin granted us their “Arts in Community Award.”
  • In 2011 and 2012, America’s Promise Alliance ranked Waukesha one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” in the United States.
  • With city incentives, SPX Waukesha Electric and Weldall Manufacturing expanded adding 325 new family supporting jobs to our community.
  • For 2012, our city tax levy came within .12 of 1 percent in meeting our zero percent increase goal.

In 2012…

  • Money Magazine ranked Waukesha, as the only city in Wisconsin, to make its list of the “100 Best Places to Live” in America.
  • Gibson Guitar Corporation designated Waukesha for their nationally acclaimed “GuitarTown” community art and music project, which raised over $100,000 for local charity.
  • With city incentives, Woodman’s Food Market broke ground, with its store opening in 2013 and will add more than 200 jobs to our community.
  • GE Gas Engines expanded adding more than 100 new family supporting jobs to our community.
  • With city incentives, Gaco Western broke ground for expansion, which will add new technology jobs.
  • The new Kendal Lofts, Third-Ward-style residences, began construction downtown on the river.
  • ProHealth Care renovated Waukesha Memorial Hospital and opened a new Community Health Center.
  • Carroll University expanded programs, dorms and enrollment.
  • The Shoppes at Fox River expanded.
  • We opened a new fire station.
  • We created a new Civic Volunteer Corp, as a way for citizens to connect with and renew their community.
  • We created a new citizen-friendly city website – check it out at: www.ci.waukesha.wi.us       
  • For 2013, our city tax levy came within .42 of 1 percent in meeting our zero percent increase goal.

Looking ahead…

  • Our downtown will continue and expand our community front porch events – including Freeman Friday Night Live Music, the Farmers Market, Art Crawls, GuitarTown and more.
  • We will continue to focus on new business and investment opportunities.
  • We will progressively pursue perfection in providing a better quality of life at a more conservative price.

Our goal is for Waukesha to become the No. 1 rated Best Small City in America by 2018.

This is a big dream for a small city. We can do it by focusing on our sense of community. On our neighborhoods. On our homes. On our families. On our values of empathy, responsibility and creativity. For those things to come to light, we would be wise to focus on the good and look out for others so that others will look after us.

Things are getting brighter in Waukesha. Please join us. Together our holidays and new year will shine!

Jeff Scrima
City of Waukesha Mayor                                                                           December 2012

Mainstreet TheShaw December 01, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Forgive me, I meant to say so "divisive".
John December 01, 2012 at 02:42 AM
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Jaime Lannister December 02, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I agree 100%. The last thing Waukesha needs is decisive leadership. This community would be better served by a mayor who's incapable of making a decision. Better to debate things, then get close to a decision and then change course. So long as nothing gets done it can't be done badly. At least he's been keeping the taxes from going up though.
J D December 02, 2012 at 05:47 AM
I for one look forward to voting for anyone but Jeff Scrima to be Waukesha's next Mayor. Think Bill Kramer would do it? It would be refreshing to have an actual adult in office.
Mary December 02, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Those of darkness personally attack the messenger; however the message of goodness and light shines forth… During the last two years, thousands of people have experienced property tax relief, the expansion of community front porch events like Freeman Friday Night Live, and will benefit from employers expanding and new construction projects like Woodman’s Food Market. Things are getting brighter!

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