Vitiello: Results count, Maricopa

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Thank you. It has been an honor and privilege in serving you, the residents of Maricopa since 2018. My family, friends and supporters know that I am a man of my word, and I am as committed to serving this city as I am in caring for our home. This is where we live, and this is where we are. I’m running for re-election to City Council, and I am asking for your support.

The efforts and accomplishments your City Council members give you, the residents of Maricopa result in the benefit of our collective work, and I am proud to be a part of that. During my time on City Council, I have learned a lot about the ways of government and confirmed that Maricopa is not only one of the cities which are leading the way in public safety, but also in paving the way for business opportunities and continued growth.

Our city infrastructure is continually improving, looking forward to a prosperous and bright future. We built a much larger library with room to grow. We’re looking to expand children and youth programs at the library and at Copper Sky. Our former library location was turned into the Maricopa Senior Center and Veteran’s Center to service our most honored and valued citizens.  We built a police substation south of the tracks and completed the SR347 overpass. Copper Sky is expanding and adding valuable opportunities to the area, including a (now completed) hotel, and planned development of adjacent parcels to benefit Maricopa residents, including a proposed residential assisted living center for seniors. A new, larger and more technically updated police building will be built near our new library. The current police station will house additional City Hall staff and programs once that’s done.

We’ve done a lot, Maricopa, and we’re not done, yet. Our public safety topics have included a city-run ambulance service, adding additional personal protective equipment and people to our fire and police staff, and getting new apparatus (trucks) for our Fire and Medical Dept. We’ve attained many of these goals. We also attracted a new hospital to Maricopa. We couldn’t have done it unless we all worked together. And, FYI, Mayor Price deserves a big share of the thanks.

Our City Council has worked together with our mayor and city staff to work hard to get you the best, Maricopa. Our Council representatives can be called upon by any resident, no matter where you live in Maricopa. We work for you.

We work for you in ways you don’t necessarily see at the time, but you see the results. And that’s what counts – results. Perhaps that’s why the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Fire Fighters have both endorsed my re-election. Support for Maricopa public safety is one of the critical areas that brings economic growth and new jobs to our city. More businesses means more employers, and fewer jobs lost to other cities.

Collectively, Maricopa property tax rates have been lowered in the last four years. In the upcoming proposed budget, they are targeted to be even lower – across the board. Everybody gets an even shake.

Our city’s sales tax revenue has increased substantially. Our city is looking to again increase the sales tax revenue for this coming fiscal year from last. That means more stability and opportunity to support programs throughout the city, in addition to funding for roads and other vital infrastructure. It shows things are coming together and plans are working.

It’s people first. We represent you, Maricopa. I’m proud of our city and the efforts put forth by our employees. I’m proud of the work I and the rest of the City Council and Mayor have done, and I’m proud to serve you. I’m also proud to have received the endorsement of Mayor Christian Price, as well as former Mayor Kelly Anderson, and former Vice-Mayors Marvin Brown and Edward Farrell for my re-election. Their vote of confidence means a lot to me. I hope it does to you, too.

As I said before I came into office, I pledge to be the best council representative I can be – for you and for all of Maricopa. That still stands.

If you’ve got questions, I’ll get you answers.