There’s more to city budgeting than ‘simple math’

Our city’s annual budgeting process is now underway and won’t be completed until December. I can speak for City Council when I assure you that we’re always cognizant of the fact that the decisions...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Here’s how we’ll choose our next city manager

During a city council meeting on Aug. 20, City Manager Ron LeBlanc announced his retirement after almost 12 years of service. Although his announcement took City Council by surprise, we recognize...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

On streets, Durango is already ahead of the game

Can summer really be this far along already? I hope you are enjoying each and every day! In my column last month, I wrote about the Animas River Trail and how it connects our community. This month,...

DATE: July 27, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Council looks to give better direction to staff

In my April editorial, I noted that change is in the air. Durango has a new City Council, with fresh ideas, open minds and a willingness to challenge the status quo. We recently gathered for a...

DATE: May 25, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

New Council and fresh restart for city

Spring has arrived in Durango and change is in the air. Mother Nature delivered both negatives and positives this past year, with a devastating drought and a wildfire that raged for months on end,...

DATE: April 19, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

We can’t afford to turn down this sales tax hike

As the mayor of Durango, I have a positive outlook on issues that make a difference to the residents of my hometown. Historically, our town has burned many times and, like a phoenix, rises to be...

DATE: March 18, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Our Durango will capture your heart

Happy New Year in 2019! 2018 is now in our rearview mirror. We all may have had difficult days, and now let’s look forward to healthier and happy times. Is your cup half full or half empty? Our...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Salute to city workers, local shopping

Giggles and squeals bounce off the Recreation Center walls as swimmers, families, and grandparents enjoy the waters during the holidays. Lighting the christmas tree at Buckley Park and singing with...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Comparing apples to oranges

Ballot Question 2A for the new police station and maintaining the streets has brought an unusual comparison of apples and oranges in an op-ed published in the Herald (10/13). I don’t live in...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Invest in Durango; vote YES on 2A

What did your hair look like in 1982? That year was the last time the city of Durango asked for a property tax increase. On Oct. 15, ballots will drop for our consideration of a “Back to Basics”...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Marbury: A raise in sales and property taxes is needed

I believe in our historic town and support the brave men and women in blue who put their lives on the line every day for all of us! I’m voting for construction, operation and maintenance of a new...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Marbury: Sample what’s really cool: This town

Durango is a town of shiny bicycles and stunning stagecoaches. I can walk downtown and hear a variety of languages and accents. I see license plates from all over the country at the parking meters....

DATE: July 27, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

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