September 18, 2014
I hope this letter finds you and your family in good health.
First, I want to thank you for your continuing support as we steer Annapolis to a brighter future. Change is never easy but rest assured we have changed course.
My first priority was to rein in the out of control spending and make the tough cuts to the budget. I am proud to report that we passed a balanced budget 8-1 with no increase in your property tax. Our budget puts Annapolitans First. In addition, we also cut solid waste fees.
The budget is the first step in a series of actions I will propose to make government more transparent, efficient, effective and responsive. Forthcoming structural and personnel changes will begin to get us on the right course but it will take time and citizen participation.
For the first time, the transition team process was open to the public and the citizen response was amazing. Shortly, you will see the results of their hard work. I established an Open Door session the first Tuesday of each month where citizens can come to see me without an appointment. I am proud of our record to date but there is much more to be done.
The Friends of Mike Pantelides felt it was time to get together, so they are hosting a "Breakfast with the Mayor on Wednesday", October 8 from 7:30am-9:30am at Carrol's Creek Cafe in Annapolis. Please see the attached for further details.
I am looking forward to seeing you.
Mayor Mike Pantelides