Balanced Budgets resulting in a AAA Bond Rating
In 2015 Rocklin was one of just seven cities in all of California to receive a AAA bond rating, lowering costs for every citizen. I’ve supported conservative financial management practices which have reduced our retirement liabilities, increased funds for road maintenance and resulted in an annual budget surplus.
Increased Public Safety Staffing
During the economic downturn, Rocklin was faced with staff cuts in order to preserve essential city services. While in office I supported annual increases in Public Safety Staffing.
During my term on the council we have made several strides toward improving transparency to our citizens. We have gone above and beyond the minimum state law requirements on noticing and posting proposed projects.
We dramatically increased the size of signage used to notice public hearings on proposed projects.
All projects submitted to city staff are published on the city website within a few days, months before a scheduled public hearing. This provides our citizens with the same amount of review time as the city staff. State law requires as little as a 72 hour notice.
We continue to expand the use of OpenGov for Rocklin’s Financial Transparency. Any member of the public can access this in depth financial data with a click of the mouse on our city website www.rocklin.ca.us
Eliminated the Business License Tax
Rocklin businesses were paying an annual business license fee tied to revenues. Some of the largest businesses in Rocklin were paying well over $100,000 annually simply because they were located in Rocklin. During my first two years in office we phased out this unfair tax. The most any single business will pay for an annual license is capped at $600 regardless of the size of the business. This not only saved our existing businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, it allowed new businesses to locate in Rocklin. As a result our annual sales tax receipts are up more than 35%, the highest growth rate in all of Placer County.
Construction of the Whitney Ranch / Highway 65 Interchange
With no state or federal funds available, we were forced to come up with creative solutions to open additional access into Whitney Ranch. Working closely with our private property owners, we were able to fully fund and pay for the construction of the Hwy 65 / Whitney Ranch interchange. This project is debt free and will serve as the beginning of the Place Parkway that will eventually connect Hwy 65 with Hwy 70 and the Sacramento airport.
Redevelopment of Downtown and Creation of Quarry Park
In an effort to re-ignite activity in downtown Rocklin, we capitalized on our unique mining history and created the Quarry District. At the center is Quarry Park with its ponds, oak trees, walking trails and a 1,200 seat amphitheater. This creates a core to our downtown that is unmatched in our region. Phase I of this project was fully funded and paid for. Subsequent phases will be forth coming as funds are available.