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Howard ‘Buck’ McKeon: Congrats on city’s 25th

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Posted: December 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Last week, our hometown celebrated a remarkable milestone, our 25th anniversary. Santa Clarita has grown from a small, unincorporated town into a thriving city and one of the best places to live and do business in California. We have become a place where businesses can grow, families can safely raise their children and all can enjoy an exceptional quality of life.

As the first mayor of Santa Clarita, I am so proud of what our city has been able to accomplish over the last quarter of a century. When we first came together to incorporate our city, we did so with high expectations, and what has become of Santa Clarita has surpassed all of them. We have great schools, an exceptional hospital and flourishing businesses.

As we celebrated our anniversary, we learned that the city’s mid-year budget adjustments, approved by the Santa Clarita City Council last week, project it will pull in about $13.8 million more in revenue than previously expected, a sign that the economy in Santa Clarita is strong. Businesses and visitors are coming to Santa Clarita, something that will allow for our city to continue to grow and prosper.

I am proud of our city’s conservative approach to budgeting, where hard work is done to achieve budget surpluses, and the principle of fiscal responsibility is valued. This sensible approach is especially important in tough fiscal times such as these, where at the federal and state level we’re spending far more than the revenue we collect. Our city is thriving because our officials value the hardworking taxpayers and are responsible stewards of their dollars.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the city of Santa Clarita. As mayor, city councilman, school and hospital board member, and now as a congressman, my duty has been, and will continue to be, working to ensure that Santa Clarita remains a shining city in our valley.

Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is the U.S. representative for the 25th Congressional District.


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