At this year's State of the Community address, Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler will be joined by Bexley City School District officials and representatives from the Bexley Public Library, Capital University and community organizations in previewing what lies ahead for the remainder of 2019.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Cassingham Theatre, 326 S. Cassingham Road.

Kessler said coming infrastructure projects are among the topics he plans to cover in his portion of the address, since voters in November approved a 3.5-mill replacement levy that city officials say will help keep streets in good condition.

"I'll be talking about road surfacing, now that the levy has passed," Kessler said.

The 3.5-mill levy replaced a 2.5-mill permanent levy that voters passed in 2002. According to the city's estimates, the replacement levy will generate approximately $780,000 in new funding per year, and will cost property owners an estimated additional $50 per $100,000 of property valuation.

Kessler said he'll also give updates on safety programs, energy-efficiency projects and "green" initiatives.

"I'm going to be covering some updates on our environmental sustainability, what we've been doing with food-waste recycling program," he said.

The Bexley Community Foundation and the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce also will provide updates.

"The intent of doing the State of the Community was giving all of the organizations the opportunity to give key updates," Kessler said.

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