Re-elected York mayor sees challenges ahead for the city

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Nov 6, 2013 12:44 PM

(York) -- York Mayor Kim Bracey will serve for another four years at the helm after overwhelmingly defeating a Libertarian candidate.

She says she's focused on making York a place where people want to live, and businesses want to set up shop.

Bracey wants to see a batch of improvements across all areas.

"Holding the lines on our taxes, seeing a city where people want to live, seeing a city where we have a strong relationship with our school district and seeing our schools improve to the point where families are moving back into the city."

Solving the city's financial problems remains her top priority, but she also says she'd like to improve the city's relationship with York College.

Acknowledging the city could face years of stagnant budgets, the two-term mayor is pushing for other options.

"Go after every grant that's out there, that's possible. And couple it with other sources of income. And not turn a blind eye on outstanding possible resources or revenue streams for us, such as our sewer and refuse collection efforts."

The city has previously threatened to shut off service to homeowners behind on sewer bills, and last year, offered an amnesty program to help reduce overdue balances that have only grown larger.
Bracey says along those lines, the city will soon study whether its using everything it owns to its full potential.

Despite the city's less-than-robust financial position, Bracey says there's small things the city can do to improve life for everyone.

"One of our biggest initiatives is having a clean environment and eradicating blight, from abandoned buildings to just litter on the streets. When people see us taking care of our responsibility, I see them responding back. We try to do all that we can."

She says if the city and its struggling schools haven't improved in the next four years, voters should hold her accountable.

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