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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 11:41 am | Updated: 9:56 am, Thu Aug 29, 2013.

As we reach the end of the fiscal year in Phoenix, I wanted to keep you up to date on all we have accomplished for District 6. 

Business reforms/jobs creation

Starting jobs today — not four months from now. Earlier this year I chaired a committee with the goal of making Phoenix the best place in the nation to create and retain jobs. Here is what we implemented:

• A 24 hour permitting and inspection. We sped up the site plan approval process by months, clearing the way for businesses to get their permits quicker. This means they can open their doors and create new jobs faster and continue to make Phoenix one of the best places in the country to do business.

• Small business prioritization. We made small businesses a top priority. Small businesses bidding on contracts under $50,000 will have first priority on bids. 

• Investing local. We passed a requirement that $50 million of our funds had to be invested in local banks.

• Small business matters. My office and I have personally visited over 300 small business owners in the district, with much of this done with the help of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce.

Fiscal accountability 

The last few years have seen a significant effort in cutting waste and inefficiencies, creating tremendous savings for hard working taxpayers. To date, the city of Phoenix has already seen $79 million in savings and the city has a $43 million contingency fund, the largest in city history. In addition: 

• No city water/sewer rate increase the past two years.

• No property tax rate increase the past three years.

• No fee increases the past two years.

Crime

We have made significant progress dropping the crime rate for our district. I am happy to report that crime in the district is down 14 percent since 2009. Supporting our police is a top priority to me and our efforts at the city are paying off.

Domestic violence 

With the help of my colleagues, Michael Nowakowski and Thelda Williams, we were able to pass the best in the nation policy on addressing domestic violence. We now have a plan that deals with helping the victims better, but, to start a campaign to end this devastating burden on families, will take all of our best efforts. If you want to help, text “GiveDV” to 20222, to contribute. 

The Lakes Golf Course

I strongly support the residents in The Lakes Golf Course Community. I am committed to support their decision to protect their neighborhood. As the owners have closed down the course, I have also taken additional steps to activate city staff to be on the lookout for any blight, safety or health concerns that will arise from the closure. Nothing will happen to the golf course unless the neighbors agree with what should be done. 

These are just a few of the accomplishments this year. Although I am very proud of these accomplishments and I look forward to continuing to do more of the same in the coming years, we will always challenge ourselves to do better. 

• Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio represents District 6, which includes Ahwatukee Foothills. Reach him at council.district.6@phoenix.gov or (602) 262-7491.

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