New Albany News

Annual-report mailer was a first for city

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New Albany recently distributed its first annual report to the community.

"We wanted to create something that was much smaller and easy to read for our residents than our (comprehensive annual financial report)," said city spokesman Scott McAfee. "This type of report is something that a lot of cities do."

The report on 2013 included a directory of city officials and phone numbers, photos of department heads and descriptions of what each department has accomplished in the last year.

It also included an overview with graphs on the city's budget and an explanation of income taxes and how economic development supports city services.

"We presented a snapshot financial picture so that residents could better understand our main sources of revenue and how we used those revenues to provide services," McAfee said. "We also wanted to explain our government structure, focus on some special projects and special people and let residents know the exact services they receive from their city. Finally, we are moving toward phone numbers and contact information for all departments so we used the back cover to provide quick contact information for all city departments and other important local and utility services."

One full page was dedicated to the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, a two-story, 52,000-square-foot community health facility expected to open in early 2015 at the northwest corner of Johnstown and Village Hall roads.

The report also provided a description of 2013 accomplishments and recognized City Councilman Glyde Marsh, who recently was honored by the Ohio House of Representatives as the oldest known elected official in the state.

McAfee said the report was mailed to all homes in the city and is available on the city's website, newalbanyohio.org.

The cover photo was provided by New Albany resident Robert Sohovich.

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