Annual Report 2016

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A Message from the Acting City Manager

craigsWelcome to your City of Rockville Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report.

Every year, the city’s charter requires the city manager to “Prepare and submit to the Council within ninety (90) days after the end of the fiscal year a complete report on the administration activities of the City for the preceding year …”

That annual report isn’t just a list for the Mayor and Council, your elected officials — it’s an accounting for you, the Rockville community, of how your city government performed during the fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. Every aspect of Rockville government, from its pothole repair to its boards, commissions and committees to its largest annual events, like the Hometown Holidays Music Fest, draws its long-term vision from the eight critical success factors established by the Mayor and Council, and direction from the priority initiatives that are the plan for accomplishing them.

One priority is a more engaged and informed Rockville community, and that’s why we’ve put the annual report here, on eight pages of “Rockville Reports,” so you can see some of the achievements and accomplishments the city’s departments and divisions have made on your behalf over the past year.

Rockville is a strong city, it is a diverse city and it is a city that is financially stable.

This year, ratings institutions reaffirmed Rockville’s bond rating — based on the city’s debt burden, management, financial performance and economic base — as AAA/Aaa. Our excellent bond rating will ultimately save our taxpayers and residents hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest costs. We refinanced city debt this year, saving residents and taxpayers $1.5 million in debt service payments, and leveraged historically low rates and interest costs to finance new projects.

Because of this commitment to being financially responsible, Rockville is a vibrant city, a city of economic strength and culture, one where young professionals can start their lives, where businesses can succeed, where families can grow in safe, secure neighborhoods, and, eventually, where they can retire and thrive. Whatever your status or wherever you are in life, Rockville has a service, program or community gathering for you.

This quality of living is reflected in the city’s rankings: Rockville has been named No. 1 on Livability.com’s “Best Cities for Families” list; we’re seventh on Movoto.com’s list of “Best Places Near Washington, D.C., for Young Professionals”; sixth among their rankings for “Best Washington, D.C., Suburbs”; and Goodcall.com has us listed as the seventh best city in the U.S. for women entrepreneurs. These are some of the most recent of Rockville’s high rankings.

As acting city manager, I’m honored to serve with a group of people who are so committed to serving the people of Rockville. On behalf of those dedicated professionals, I am proud to once again present this annual report

Craig L. Simoneau, Acting City Manager


Annual Report 2016 — Index

Mayor and Council Priority Initiatives

Engaging with the Community Throughout the Year

Looking Ahead to Fiscal Year 2017

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