City administration provides highlights of 2023

YORK – As the year of 2023 is winding down to a close, the York City Administration has provided highlights of city business to showcase positives in the municipality.

York City Administrator Sue Crawford looked back over the year, to see what improvements and exciting things have been done, happening and pursued.

She noted the property tax rate went down 8% this year, while property valuations went up 7%. And she pointed out how the healthy level of revenue coming from local sales tax continues to be strong.

There is big news by the way of personnel – all the full-time positions were filled as of November and that included the fact the police department is fully staffed for the first time in five years.

She listed a number of innovations and improvements that are noteworthy:

  • There were radio improvements for the police and fire departments.
  • At the police department, body-worn camera equipment was implemented.
  • The police department acquired drug scanning equipment that has already proved to be potentially life-saving.
  • A play structure was added for Fun City in the community center.
  • The Peyton Parker Lane Playground officially opened.
  • The new splash pad was installed at Harrison Park.
  • New LED lights were installed for the water tower at the interchange.
  • Communication reliability and security was updated.
  • New displays and staff members have been added at the Anna Bemis Palmer Museum
  • The replacement of lead water lines in the city is now 37% complete.
  • At the wastewater treatment plant, confined space equipment and blackline safety monitors had been upgraded.
  • At the Kilgore Library – a fantastic summer concert series began in collaboration with Allo. The library also initiated global partnerships, resulting in the Ukraine display and programs. The Community Leadership Book Club was started and a Wifi upgrade took place.
  • Obviously there have been many badly needed street projects which were underway all year.
  • Tax Increment Financing areas were updated.
  • Workforce Housing Tax Increment Financing was approved, as was a new Expedited Tax Increment Financing program.

Dr. Crawford also noted the many training sessions/certifications which took place: nine employees from public works, the police department and fire department became certified drone pilots; 12 public works employees were certified in excavation and trenching safety; there was cross-training between the airport, street and water departments; over 1,000 house of police training took place; three public works employees received their Grade 4 water licenses; two employees earned their CDLs; there were 16 fire certifications; three paramedics are in training; and fire trainings included grain bin rescue.

When it came to outreach, it was noted how fire/safety education was provided to the local schools; fire extinguisher training and safety tours were provided for local businesses; police outreach impacted more than 1,500 juveniles; fire safety programming reached 475 children and adults.

And she noted the usage of local facilities was at all-time highs. The community center’s member check-in rate doubled since last year; the museum’s new display logged over 100 visitors in the first month; the ballpark complex had 16 tournaments compared to 11 the prior year; and the convention center hosted over 300 events with more than 36,000 guests.

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