Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Goose Creek City Councilmember Mark Phillips was elected to another four-year term by voters this month.
Phillips said that the voters spoke – he was the highest council voter getter – and that the turnout was fantastic.
“It’s not a high percentage, but we don’t get a high percentage typically,” he said.
Phillips said the message is that the city government does not need a drastic change.
On most of the doors he knocked on while campaigning, 90 percent of residents said they like the way the city is running, Phillips reported.
“People don’t want change just for change’s sake,” he said.
Most of the city wanted to keeps its current elected officials, which is why they didn’t come out against the incumbents, he said.
Phillips said planning for the future calls for sound policy.
“We’re not naïve to think we’re not going to build, we’re going to grow. We don’t believe we’re going to remain a small town but we want to retain a small town atmosphere,” he said.
“You can’t stop the growth, but we don’t want to lose our small-town atmosphere. That’s what resonated with people and what they wanted. That’s what I heard people say.”
He said the city will continue to look at its strategic plan, which continues to change and be updated:
“We’re going to have a planning session in May to set our goals.”
Phillips said the big tasks ahead are working on the two new fire stations and deciding what to do with hospitality tax money, which has to be spent on tourism and recreation.
“I’m not going to speculate on what we’re going to do,” he said. “We’re going to open the fire stations in a little more than a year. We’ve got to get people and equipment.
“We’ve got the economic consultant we’re meeting with. We’ll keep providing good basic necessary services and keep the taxes down.
“People appreciate the taxes not going up. It makes it an affordable place to live.
“People like the safe, secure atmosphere we have in Goose Creek. They like the recreation facilities, they like the aesthetics, the openness of the government on a daily basis for meetings and so forth. They like those things. Those are the things that make it like a small town.
“They feel like they can call somebody and they’ll be heard.
“I’m just looking forward to four years. I’m excited about continuing to serve the people. There’s a lot of challenges ahead. It’s fulfilling to be part of that.”