More than 300 volunteers from the community gathered at Auburn High last week for the kickoff of the Auburn 2040 process after the effort was delayed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"I really believe in the opportunity for our citizens to help plan our future," said Auburn Mayor Ron Anders at Tuesday's City Council meeting. "I was excited and overwhelmed when I saw the names who had signed up to be a part of that. The other night when everybody came, everybody was excited about being there, they wanted to be there, and I believe they were heavily invested in being there."
The Auburn 2040 plan, once complete, will help chart the path for the city's future over the next 20 years. Volunteers, all of whom found a spot on a team if they applied, were divided into teams that will cover a number of topics in the community — Citizen Engagement, Education, Family and Community, Growth and Development, Intergovernmental, Public Safety, Transportation and Utilities, and Environment and Technology.
The teams will meet multiple times over the coming months to discuss the topics, with their final work being folded into the Auburn 2040 plan. At Tuesday's meeting, Anders also indicated that he would work in the coming weeks to improve the diversity of the teams.
"It's my desire that those teams and that effort looks like our city, so it will be my intent over the next couple of weeks to make sure that there's more diversity on our teams," he said.
Auburn gets high scores from bond rating agencies
Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, LLC (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (Moody’s) have affirmed the City of Auburn’s bond ratings of AA+ and Aa2, respectively. The City requested ratings ahead of the issuance of approximately $38.6 million of general obligation warrants.
S&P reported that Auburn’s “strong economy, with a local stabilizing institutional influence, very strong management, with strong financial policies and practices, strong budgetary performance, and very strong liquidity” were all contributing factors to the affirmation of the AA+ rating. Moody’s reported that “the Aa2 rating reflects a healthy financial position, marked by strong reserve and liquidity levels and formalized fiscal policies.”