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The 2019 State of the City address, featuring Mayor Rick Sollars and presented by the Rotary Club of Taylor, is scheduled for February 21 at the Lakes of Taylor.
Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., with the program beginning promptly at 11:15. A special "Taste of the Lakes" luncheon buffet will be served at noon. The buffet will feature specialties by Chef Robert Young and his Lake House Grille staff. The Lake House Grille recently extended its services to year-round hours at the Lakes of Taylor.
This is Mayor Sollars' sixth address. The Rotary has presented Mayor Sollars' all five previous addresses, beginning in 2014. Mayor Sollars brought back the State of the City program after it had been mothballed for several years under the previous administration. During his speech, the mayor highlights accomplishments over the past year, and also talks about the future goals.
Through the partnership between the Rotary and the mayor, the program has raised thousands of dollars for charity. Mayor Sollars wants the proceeds from the event to go to Taylor-based charities, and over the course of the past half-decade, many organizations have benefited. Those groups range from the Penrickton Center for Blind Children to the Taylor School District's Robotics program. The Rotary is the perfect vehicle for such a partnership, because the group donates to charities throughout the year.
Over the course of time, the Rotary Club of Taylor has made contributions to Beaumont's Healthy Taylor program; Blair Moody Elementar4y School Hoop House; ChristNet; Christy's Legacy of Hope; Coats for Kids; Downriver Fish and Loaves Food Pantry; FOP #123; Foundation 14; Penrickton Center; Taylor Career Center; Taylor Conservatory Foundation; Taylor School District's DECA program; Taylor Schools Foundation for Academic Excellence; Trillium Academy's Interact program; Victory Gym; and many more.
Mayor Sollars was first elected in November 2013, after spending two terms on the City Council. At that time, the City of Taylor was in a $5M structural deficit, and under a Deficit Elimination Program mandated by the State of Michigan. Under his leadership, the City's finances have been drastically turned around. The most recent audit noted that the City now has a $7.8M unassigned budget balance.
The Sollars Administration has many other key accomplishments in the past five years, most recently the Good to Great Neighborhood Program, which was introduced during last year's SOC. That program focuses on improving neighborhoods in the community, one at a time, through a focused effort from every department in the City.
VIP tables of eight cost $400 for the event. Individual tickets are $50. For more information or to obtain tickets, email Kimber Dorton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Rotary at (888) 640-5454.