State of the City: Annual address to focus on projects, finances

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By Denise DuBois

When Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe came into office in 2012, he and the city council had a vision to allow citizens the opportunity to hear what is going on in the city and ask questions about things unknown. That became known as the Annual State of the City address. For six years, the Council has put before the people the city’s finances and projects and gave an opportunity to ask questions about current and future projects.

“We certainly hope this has been beneficial,” Lowe said. “We hang our hat on that we’ve put it out there and we’ve been open. It certainly is beneficial to us as the council.”

All that is left is for the Phenix City community to attend.

Throughout the address on Jan. 17, the council will discuss upcoming projects and show progress on things that have been under construction. They will also present the city’s finances.

“We work for the citizens of Phenix City and we want them to see where their money is being used. I’ve always felt it’s important to be transparent and we’ve done that. It’s important that people know all the good things that are happening and what some of the weaknesses are,” Lowe said.

He reiterated that while showing off the city’s strengths is beneficial, it’s also a good idea to acknowledge where the weak spots are located. Why?

“We want to show our weaknesses and how we are going to rectify those weaknesses going forward,” the mayor said.

The financial aspect of the city will be presented, but Lowe said it will not be as high level this year. They will take time to answer questions, and the budget is available at the city manager’s office.

The location has changed for this year’s event. Rather than being at the Central Activity Center, in the central part of the city, the meeting will be at the Idle Hour Community Center off Airport Road. The Central Activity Center is still closed for renovations and is expected to reopen in February.

“We want people to attend so we can show we’re doing the right things for the right reasons to represent the people of Phenix City,” Lowe said.

The State of the City Address is scheduled for Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. ET.