Marysville Mayor John Gore reflected on his first year in office and celebrated his administration's successes in his Jan. 26State of the City Address to city council.

Marysville Mayor John Gore reflected on his first year in office and celebrated his administration's successes in his Jan. 26State of the City Address to city council.

"If time permitted, I would thank our 150-plus employees each by name," Gore said in his opening remarks. "All projects I highlight, any graph or data I could show you, and each accomplishment that I will summarize was all the fruits of their labor."

Gore said 2011 in Marysville was characterized by "transition, collaboration and innovation."

He illustrated all three while discussing information technology:

"We began a collaborative effort working with Marysville City Schools and Union County to define a common IT platform in which all agencies can share and combine services," he said. "Together, we identified several initiatives that project a city savings of $847,000 over the next five years while also improving our IT capabilities."

Later in the meeting, Gore said that savings over five years did not take into account savings from "cost avoidance," the money saved by not duplicating the build-out of IT infrastructure.

Despite the sluggish national economy, Marysville continued its steady economic growth in 2011, he said.

"There were 10 commercial permits totaling $19.1 million and 45 residential permits totaling $7.1 million during the year," Gore said.

"Memorial Hospital of Union County began construction on its new $7.1-million Cardiovascular Center, which further solidifies its partnership with The Ohio State University Medical Center," he said. "The Central Ohio Youth Center began construction on its new $1.85-million addition. Finally, Parker Hannifin Hydraulics announced a $2-million investment that will result in 25 new positions."

The city's finances remain solid, Gore said, thanks to new-found efficiencies and difficult budget cuts.

"It is our goal to build a strong cash balance so that the city can continue to improve its infrastructure and maintain excellent service to our residents," he said. "The 2011 general fund revenues totaled $16.58 million, a healthy 24.3-percent increase from 2010."

Income tax revenue accounted for a robust 79 percent of the fund, he said.

"Looking forward, we submitted and worked with council to pass a budget for 2012 that reduced overall spending from 2011 by over $12 million or 14.17 percent," he said. "Sound fiscal management is essential and my priority in providing for our city's future."

Gore said he was disappointed, however, by the Moody's Investors Service affirmation of the city's Aa3 bond rating.

"We were hoping for better, but maintaining our rate is a victory given the weakened economy," he said.

Gore had special praise for the city's human resources department, which managed to obtain "an incredible 5.1-percent premium reduction for 2012, the first reduction in insurance costs in the modern-day history of our great city."

He estimated a "decrease in the citywide funding line of $300,000" and added, "This same funding line averaged an 11.25-percent increase over the past seven years."

He concluded his address by affirming the health of the city: "Our finances are strong. Our spending and use of resources are sound and prudent. We've embedded sensible, customer-focused core values into the fabric of our culture.

"We've challenged our workforce to innovate and collaborate for efficiencies," Gore said. "We are appropriately named Union County, for in union there is strength."