AUBURN – Town Manager Julie Jacobson was the guest speaker at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce's networking breakfast on November 13. She was appointed as the first Town Manager in Auburn in 2011 under the Town's amended charter. She gave an overview of the “State of Auburn,” detailing the progress made in infrastructure improvements, reduction of the tax rate differential between commercial and residential properties, and increases in the stabilization fund and free cash account.
Ms. Jacobson noted that Auburn is one of few communities in the state that does not tax to the maximum 2 ½ percent annual property tax increase allowed. She also described how the town was able to decrease its legal expenditures by directly negotiating labor contracts and to lower of healthcare costs by implementing the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) program.
She said significant savings have also been obtained by bringing fleet maintenance inhouse and by structuring the DPW to manage building maintenance and construction.
Finally, Ms. Jacobson talked about Auburn economic development, the importance of existing business retention and expansion in addition to attracting new business and industry.