From staff reports
— Residents curious about ongoing projects in the city of Athens are invited to attend Mayor Ronnie Marks’ annual state of the city address on Wednesday.
The event will be held at 11:45 a.m. in the ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center.
“As Athens continues to grow, it is important to have forums such as this to keep the populace informed as to the city’s plans and goals,” said Rick Mould, vice-president for advancement at ASU. “The Athens State Foundation is pleased to host this forum for the second year in a row.”
Marks said the presentation would be shorter than the one he gave last year and will focus on finances, fun and the future. He said he would also talk about the city’s tax base and public safety, because public safety impacts everything from the “school systems to quality of life.”
“It’s important that people understand the tax base,” Marks said. “I’m always amazed when people don’t have a clue about sales tax or what property taxes they’re paying.”
Marks began serving as mayor in 2011 following the election of then Mayor Dan Williams to the Alabama House of Representatives. He’ll be up for re-election this August when municipal elections are held.
“When the fun stops, I’ll stop,” he said.
Following last year’s address at ASU, the mayor later reprised his presentation for members of the Athens-Limestone Seniors Organization. Marks invited any group that would like to host a presentation to call his office at 256-233-8730 to arrange a date.
Tickets for the ASU address are $15 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Athens State University Foundation. A table of six can be purchased for $100, and recognized sponsorships are available for $250 (Gold) and $150 (Silver).
Gold sponsorships will receive two complimentary tables, and silver sponsorship will receive one complimentary table.
For ticket orders or more information, contact the Athens State Foundation office at 256-233-8215.