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If I were mayor ... how one student would save her city

April 26, 2004|by Michaela Boyle, Bester Academy

If I were Mayor, I would reduce the police force to two full time officers and a part time officer to save money. Next I would organize a citizen watch to help people feel safe and to save mone. I would also reduce trash pick-up to once a week instead of twice a week to save money. I would reduce half the leaf removal team to save money. I would keep the snow removal so people can go to work and shop. I would keep park maintenance so we can have a clean and safe park to go to. I would also keep the Park Festival because it pulls in tourists and the food stands and rides give us money. I would also keep the sidewalk maintenance because if people tripped or fell on a crack, the city would have to pay if the people sued. I would keep up the road maintenance, because people might get caught in a pothole and potholes get bigger if not fixed. Also, people could trip and fall in a pothole when crossing the street.

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As Mayor I would not raise taxes because I want businesses to stay and I don't want to be fired because taxes are too high. I also want the citizens to be happy. I would try to raise more money by increasing the fee for stands at the festival and increasing the price of tickets. I would increase parking meter fees by a few cents. I would hold some contests and charge a fee to enter. Some of the contests could be a baking contest, an eating contest, a painting contest, and a craft contest. I would have a city yard sale and charge a fee to sell your things.

That's what I would do if I were Mayor to keep my budget straight.

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