Spring Hill kicks off new year ready for business
By Pam Horne, Managing Editor
Spring Hill City Administrator Victor Lay, Chamber of Commerce Chairman Linda Harrison, and Mayor Rick Graham welcomed more than 200 to the first chamber lunch of the new year. Submitted
Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham and City Administrator Victor Lay gave Chamber of Commerce members an update on business, residential, and transportation growth during their joint address to the membership last week.
“I come from a business world like most of you,” Graham told a packed room of more than 200 people.
He commented briefly on the city’s budget capacity and noted that “we actually have seven different budgets…these each have to live within their own means,” he said, speaking of various departments and enterprise funds managed by Lay and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
“After six and a half months into our budget—year to date we are $508,000 better off than we were the same time a year ago.”
Graham, elected last spring after serving as alderman, noted that three years ago the city was “$3 million in the red.”
Regarding the city’s general fund, where property tax revenues are directed, he said, there is a $1 million increase over last year.
“I just want to stress that we’re very blessed financially.”
Sales tax revenues are also up. “We are averaging right now about $50,000 a month in sales tax revenue.”
He attributed the revenues, which are collected in Spring Hill from both Maury and Williamson County businesses, to the success of The Crossings and the new Walmart.
With a growing population—so much so that Williamson County had to redesign the area’s voting districts after the 2010 census—Graham believes infrastructure must be the priority.
He referred to 2002 through 2005 as the “turbo years” and vowed not to return to that kind of growth without adequate services.
“We don’t mind growth. We just want to make sure that we can keep up with it.”
Lay echoed Graham’s presentation about the city’s financial condition.
“When we go out to get financing we are getting favorable comments,” Lay told chamber members and guests. “We couldn’t have said that 3 to 5 years ago.”
Posted on: 1/30/2014