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The Watertown City Council met Monday night and heard from Mayor Sarah Caron as she delivered her state of the city address.  The Mayor began the address by announcing that a new vision for the city had been created.... 

The Mayor highlighted several highpoints that have taken place in the past year including the announcement of a new park downtown, a mixed multi-use facility in the former Harbor Bar location and the securing of SkyWest Airlines as the city’s airline carrier. The mayor said another major change in 2019 came through a public vote……

Caron says that although there were many good things that happened 2019, it was also a year that presented a lot of challenges…..

Despite those challenges, Caron says sales tax revenue was up 6.06% in 2019 compared to 4.07% in 2018. Building permits showed a 5.4% growth over 2018 and city revenue from the general fund, capital improvement fund and BBB funds, outpaced expenditures.

The mayor says the city has a few challenges in 2020 including the Ice Arena, the Stormwater Utility Fee, and attracting a workforce.  A new major challenge she said, is going to be COVID-19……

The mayor spoke about the city's opportunities going into the future…..

The Mayor says 2020 is going to be a year of preparation….

We will be talking to Mayor Caron about many of these items on the "From the Desk of the Mayor" Program Wednesday morning at 8:30 right here on KXLG.