Rocky Fork Enterprise

State-of-the-city address

Stinchcomb to address challenges, plans


Gahanna Mayor Becky Stinchcomb will present her third annual report to residents during a "State of the City" address set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road.

Stinchcomb will discuss plans for the coming year, highlight last year's accomplishments and share the administration's strategy to address existing and future challenges.

The 13-year Gahanna mayor will discuss the proposed joint economic development zone between Jefferson Township and Gahanna. Township residents will vote on the proposed JEDZ on May 6. If approved, the net JEDZ revenue would be distributed as follows: Gahanna-Jefferson and Licking Heights school districts, combined 4 percent via a school-safety grant program; Jefferson Township JEDZ area improvements, 6 percent; Jefferson Township, 70 percent; and city of Gahanna, 20 percent.

Stinchcomb also is expected to reaffirm that effective communication with residents would remain a top priority for the administration.

She will share how educational outreach efforts help residents better understand how their city works.

Stinchcomb also is expected to highlight successes, such as Gahanna being selected as one of Ohio's Best Hometown for 2013-14 by the editor of Ohio Magazine.

Other achievements include Standard & Poor's Rating Services raising its rating of the city's general obligation bonds from AA to AA+, the second-highest rating available from Standard & Poor's.

Stinchcomb will discuss business growth within the city, including Niagara Bottling opening its doors last year after making millions of dollars of investments in an existing building that had been vacant.

She also will talk about the reality of two failed income-tax issues and how the administration and council are exploring alternatives and new solutions to address the city's financial situation.

Prior to Stinchcomb's presentation, residents are invited to an open house at 6 p.m., when department representatives will be available to share information and answer questions about city services.

A photo exhibit, featuring winners of the 2014 Best Hometown photo contest, also will be unveiled.