Bob Knox said local government isn't quite like it was 27 years ago when he began his tenure as mayor of Thomson.
Mayor Knox shared facts and figures as well as upcoming infrastructure improvements to the city during his presentation at the Thomson Rotary Club meeting last Thursday.
Thomson Mayor Bob Knox gives the State of the City address at last Thursday's Rotary Club meeting.
Photo by Kristopher Wells
In addition to the state of the city, he also announced this would probably be his last term as mayor. He said it is "important that we get new young blood involved in city government," to continue improvements that began over the past three decades.
During his speech, Mayor Knox said the City of Thomson has a budget of $19 million that supports its 5,300-customer water system, 3,700-customer sewer system and 115 full-time employees.
"They are good quality solid people," he said of the city workers. "I'll put them up against any, anywhere around."
Mayor Knox also spoke of the city's joint projects with McDuffie County. He said the good relationship with the county has helped during the tight budgetary times following the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
But he announced that sales tax revenues -- which represent 40 percent of the city's general fund revenue -- are on the rise. City leaders are also proud of the fact that only 15 percent of revenue comes from property taxes.
"Our community is still a model for the state on how a city and a county can work together," said Mayor Knox, adding that during his time as mayor the partnership with the county has helped acquire $50 million in grant funding.
After his speech to the club, he then answered several questions concerning the upcoming animal control ordinance that takes affect on Feb. 1, the courting of industry to the area and the future city/county government complex.