Mayor Jeri Muoio gave the State of the City Address Friday hosted by the Chamber of Commerce with the support of Good Samaritan Medical Center.
Muoio brought everyone to their feet as she walked toward the podium to discuss the state, and the direction West Palm Beach. She wants to create a high-performing city that benefits residents and visitors.
Muoio talked specifically about the single penny tax raise that passed in November. According to her, the move, in addition to others, is projected to provide $60 million over the next ten years.
“Parks and playgrounds will be repaired. Community centers will be renovated and expanded. Roads will be repaved,” Muoio said. “We have long talked about making significant improvements to Broadway and South Dixie Highway. Both will see real changes to encourage redevelopment.”
Additionally, Muoio said the city will upgrade the water treatment plant with a new water ultra-violet filtration system.
“We continue to set the standard for forward-thinking cities,” Muoio said.
Public safety measures are being implemented through the introduction of police body cameras. West Palm Beach is the first city in the county to upgrade its uniformed officers.
At the end of her speech, Mayor Muoio referred to herself as the city’s cheerleader and left a challenge for the residents of West Palm Beach.
“Join me in making sure the world knows not only what we do, but why we do it. Why West Palm Beach.”