From the Desk of the Mayor – November

December 2, 2016

Dear Citizens of Belleview,

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween! The city saw many trick or treaters this year, and we are happy to say that everyone had a safe and enjoyable experience. By the time you read this article, we will have a new president, as well many new or re-elected representatives, including a new sheriff for Marion County. I hope everyone had an opportunity to come out and vote, especially for our local representatives. Although these positions do not get the media attention that the larger races garner, it is at the local level where your representatives make the most difference in your daily lives. We vote on things that directly affect you, such as your water rates, your ad valorem taxes, the way that your neighborhood develops, the types of business that are allowed in various parts of the city, how much money is spent on your parks, and many other things. We work for you, the taxpayer, and are eager to hear your views on these issues. Please join us at one of our city commission meetings that are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM. You can also contact any one of us by calling us or emailing us. I also meet with constituents in my office, by appointment. I look forward to hearing from you!

Now that the elections have passed, the city is busy preparing for our annual audit, as well as preparing for the holidays. Light up Lake Lillian, sponsored by Belleview Heating and Air, will be held on Saturday, December 3, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. The Annual Belleview Christmas parade will be held on Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 PM. This year’s parade will be preceded by a 5k run. Proceeds from the event will go to sponsor needy children participating in the Shop with a Cop program. Please call 352-245-7044 and ask for Jody Backlund, if you would like more information about the 5K.

Please keep your eyes on your mailbox for some informative flyers from Duke Energy. Most residents in the city limits of Belleview will be eligible to participate in an energy saving program. At no cost to you, Duke Energy will come into your home and provide energy saving products to your household, such as new showerheads, energy efficient lightbulbs, weather stripping around your doors and windows, and many other things. No application is necessary: simply indicate that you want to participate and someone will come to your house to make these improvements on a specified day and time.

For those of you who haven’t visited our website recently, please visit www.belleviewfl.org to check out our new, friendlier design. Our new mobile application will be up and running in a few weeks, as well!

Please join us for our next regular city commission meeting, to be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Sincerely,

Mayor Christine K. Dobkowski