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Salisbury City Council Urges Community To Step Up For Change

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SALISBURY, Md. – From State leaders to the residents, it's clear the city of Salisbury wants change.

"To be quite honest, I've not been happy with the track we've been on," Maryland Delegate Norman Conway said.

"We've got a long laundry list, so we need to plan better and attack those things," Salisbury City Council President Jake Day said.

He says the top priority is tax restructuring for residents and businesses. According to Mayor Jim Ireton's proposed budget, everyone should see an overall decrease in taxes, if proposed cuts from water and sewer rates are approved.

But the biggest issue – downtown redevelopment.

"Back in the ‘70s, I was on the city council for 13 years. The downtown was a big issue all the time," Delegate Conway said.

Leaders say revitalization begins with an 80-thousand dollar investment.

"An investment in a downtown redevelopment person.  A person who would be focused on business development for the city and for particularly our core," Day said.

With so many items on the legislative agenda, he says the best way to tackle these issues starts from the inside out.

"I look at the city council as a body that has a responsibility to manage itself efficiently, to do it effectively, and to do so at minimal cost to tax payers. So we're changing our processes," he said.

In a meeting with business owners and the Chamber of Commerce, he urged them to get involved.   

"We need them to come to the council meetings and say, ‘here's what we believe, here's what we know, here's what we need from you and here's what we want for our city.'"

Leaders also stress that there needs to be a sense of civic pride, people need to care. They say that can begin with simple things like picking up trash to help clean up the city.

"Everyone ought to be proud of the neighborhood in which they live. If the streets aren't cleaned, if the gutters are full of trash, why should I care? Well, because I live here is why I should care, and I want it to be the best place it can be - do my part," Delegate Conway said.

Council President Day says if a downtown redevelopment specialist is approved, they'll begin recruitment immediately.

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