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April 24, 2013ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta Councilman Mike Kennedy announced April 22 that he will seek re-election to his Post 2 council seat this fall.
First elected in 2009, Kennedy said he hopes to see through a number of initiatives that the city has begun during his first term.
"Bringing the City Center project to fruition is a highlight," Kennedy said. "Once the first phase is completed next summer, I think the citizens are going to love the additional green space and overall better look and feel of the downtown area. As we develop the shopping and dining choices over time, it will only enhance the downtown experience that the citizens of Alpharetta have been seeking for many years."
Kennedy also said he is eager to see the Avalon project begin to take shape after years of looking at the failed Prospect Park site at Old Milton Parkway and Ga. 400. Once the Avalon site was bought out of bankruptcy by North American Properties, the city was able to complete construction and dedication of the final stretch of Westside Parkway at very little cost to taxpayers. The final section of Westside Parkway was opened to traffic one year ago this week.
Among other significant achievements during his first term, Kennedy cited the council's commitment to bringing high quality jobs to Alpharetta through the launch of the Alpharetta Technology Commission and enhanced funding and support for the city's economic development program.
"A healthy, growing local economy and balanced tax base are crucial to keeping taxes low while providing high quality services such as police and fire protection, parks and recreation programs and road maintenance," Kennedy said.
The council has committed more than $3 million to repaving and repairing city streets and construction of new sidewalks in this year's budget alone. Kennedy said he will continue to support an aggressive road maintenance and sidewalk construction budget for the foreseeable future.
Even with City Center construction and an aggressive road maintenance and economic development budget, Kennedy said Alpharetta will continue to offer one of the lowest effective residential property tax rates in the region, thanks to a tight rein on discretionary spending and the largest homestead property tax exemptions of all the cities in North Fulton.
Kennedy said the council is fully aware of the challenges to mobility throughout the city and they are currently examining options for significant transportation improvements – both for pedestrians and vehicles – along Rucker Road, Ga. 9 and the Windward Parkway corridor.
"We realize that prosperity brings its own set of challenges. We are facing those challenges head-on and developing a proactive, yet cost-effective plan to deal with them. This is not a council that is going to kick the can down the road and hope someone else will fix it."
Kennedy is married with three children in the Fulton County School System and is a 15-year resident of Alpharetta. He is an investment advisor with Transamerica Financial Advisors.
Editor, Milton Herald