New Corvallis City Manager, Jim Patterson, was the guest speaker at Wednesday's meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Corvallis. Jim Patterson comes to Corvallis from Sherwood, Oregon where Jim was City Manager.
Jim was upbeat in his comments to Kiwanis members, yet mindful of the challenges that face Corvallis City Council. Corvallis City Council will need to agree on a balanced budget process that is sustainable, stated Patterson.
Patterson also said, "Corvallis has a structural imbalance.....and is at a crossroads." Patterson went on to say, "Corvallis has started this exercise a couple of years after other Oregon Communities."
Patterson then went on to say, "there is one galvanizing issue, nobody wants to spend this community into bankruptcy."
Jim Patterson also told the Kiwanis Club, "We are operating in different times." He wants to match the things we do on a daily basis to five core principles. These principles will be used as filters for the budgeting process.
The five City of Corvallis Over Arching Responsibilites are: Resident Well Being, Public Safety, Livability, Infrastructure, and Economic Vitality.
City Manager Patterson reflected on the point that "Corvallis residents are very process oriented and is a citizen engaged community."
Jim Patterson closed his comments with this thought, "I want Corvallis to be on a sound money path and be the community that we all want it to be."