Time flies. Whether we’re having fun or not.
That’s the cruel reality to life. Nothing is permanent. And because of that, we have to focus on what matters and how to keep those “most important things” front-and-center in our lives, whether that’s on a personal scale or a larger one like a family, a club or church, or even a city.
Riverdale was founded over fifty years ago. And after a contentious birthing process that included a trip to the Iowa Supreme Court, our little city came into being in a bubble of sorts. Thanks to the property taxes collected from the ALCOA Davenport Works, residents in Riverdale enjoyed low residential property tax rates and a well-equipped, volunteer fire department.
Decades passed and people moved on. Our collective memory started to fade. And when the state’s taxes on machinery and equipment were finally phased out, Riverdale residents were shouldering a much larger financial burden that made municipal property tax rates (and property tax bills) go up.
The rates Riverdale residents pay in municipal property taxes is now very much like what the other residents of Scott County pay (2018 property tax levy rates in Scott County can be found here) – but, for some reason, many people don’t seem to recognize that fact. Or what that new revenue paradigm means for the City.
It means we can’t keep doing things the way we used to. We have to work smarter and with greater focus.
It means that time has marched on and if we want to keep up, we need to know where we’re going, how we’re going to get there and what it’s going to take to make sure everyone comes along for the adventure.
That’s why we have a new website. That’s why we’re more active on social media. That’s why I’m asking our Council Members and residents to meet more frequently and participate in more committees, task forces and participate in special events.
By doing more things together, we build a better sense of community that will help us be a better community.
It’s different than the way we’ve done things before.
And it should be.