WILLIAMSPORT - The 2008 Mayors' essay contest wants participants to answer this question: If you were the mayor, what types of services and community activities would you plan to offer your citizens and how would you promote your community to attract more visitors?
Williamsport Councilman Jeff Cline said city and town governments can choose to provide many services to their citizens such as trash collection, leaf collection, recycling, snow removal, police protection, water, wastewater treatment, planning for how land can be used and inspecting the safety of buildings, parks and playgrounds.
Many cities and towns do not provide all of these services. The mayor and council decide what services can be provided based on what citizens want and the amount of money in the budget.
Cities and towns sometimes also hold special activities or festivals and partner with other community groups to help pay for such events.