RE-ELECT​​​​ Jenny Brock

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Issues
The City Commissioner constitute the legislative body of the city and, as a group, are responsible for taxation, appropriations, ordinances, and other general functions such as strategic planning, business development and community engangement.  Johnson City functions as a City Manager/Commission form of government. 
Growth
Education
The State of Tennessee estimates the growth rate in Johnson City/Washington County is likely to be less than 1.5% year over year for the next few decades. This is marginal growth and not enough to help us maintain a robust economy.  Our challenge is to mount an all out effort to recruit new residents to our area.  Additionally, we need an influx of younger people to meet the employment needs in health care, education, engineering and our new aerospace sector.

Through surveys and discussions with recruiters, Millennials look for an outdoor and cultural lifestyle.  We are making numerous investments to leverage our natural resources to meet these expectations.  Our Tweetsie Trail, Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park, Memorial Park Community Center, our outstanding park system, mountain hiking trails, rivers and streams and beautiful vistas are all appealing to our residents and tourist.
The Johnson City Schools rank in the top performing school system in Tennessee.  School funding comes from multiple sources which includes:

State BEP:   38.0%
Local Co.:    43.1%
Local City:   10.1% 
Federal:         8.8%

There are 7,981 students in 11 schools in the system and they are funded at $10,282/pupil per year with a total budget of over $82M.  In addition to City appropriations at $11M, we also provide all student bus transportation at $2M, 8 new school buses in 2018 at $800K and funding for 14 School Resource Officers at over $1M through the JCPD.

The school system grows about 100 + students per year.  While Johnson City is fortunate to have 11 outstanding schools, we are approaching capacity in several locations.  Significant capital expenditures are needed in the not too distant future for a new elementary school and other building maintenance issues.

Education is the biggest economic driver in the City and County.  It is the key to meeting our workforce needs by preparing students for post-secondary education, continued vocational education and certifications or work-ready apprentice programs.

EDUCATION IS AN INVESTMENT, NOT AN EXPENSE!


Community Health
Tennessee was recently ranked as the 45th most unhealthy state in the U. S.  Unfortunately our number are going in the wrong direction: smoking has increased by 1% to 22.2% of the population, obesity has increased by 3% to 34.8%, drug deaths have increased 8.7% to 19.9% per 100,000 people, cardiovascular death have increased 1.8% and all cause of premature deaths have increased 1%.  The only decrease is the number of uninsured Tennesseeans by 13.4%.

The impact of poor health is not only the suffering of individuals and the cost of health care, but also what employers see as the cost of an employee with poor productivity and health costs.  

We MUST focus on community health by challenging our residents to become more active and learn more and practice better nutrition.  We are focused on the "built environment" to provide our citizens a network of safe trails, parks and leagues to be active.
Quality of Life
If you've ventured to downtown Johnson City this year you will be one of many citizens enjoying music, dining, festivals, yoga in the park and just good old plain socializing.  Downtown has become a gathering place for Johnson City.

Schools, parks, social gatherings, outdoor activities, safe neighborhoods, traffic flow and curb appeal are all elements in what citizens consider providing a good quality of life to live and raise a family.  We are working hard to focus in each of these areas.  For example, we are re-lighting all of Johnson City with more energy efficient LED lighting which also give better lighting in our neighborhoods. The energy savings is paying for the re-lighting.

We will continue to make Johnson City a great place to live.
Financial Health
Johnson City is in a strong financial position with it's debt less than 5% of its total assessed property values.  The Commission has set a limit of debt not to exceed 10% of assessed property values or the debt service payment to be around $10M per year.  We reduced the debt service payment by 10.3% in 2018 over 2017. 

Johnson City's property tax rate is $1.89/$1,000 of assessed property value.  That compares to Bristol at $2.16 and Kingsport at $1.98.

​In early 2017, Johnson City was identified by Market Watch  Magazine to be the most affordable City in the U. S.

Kiplinger Magazine named Johnson City as one of the best cities to retire because of health care, affordability and so many things to do.
Economic Development
What is our future?  It is often said, so many of the jobs we will need to fill tomorrow don't even exist today.  That means we must have students and adults who must commit to continuous learning and skills progression.

All counties and cities in the region have agreed and invested in "aerospace park" at the Tri-Cities Airport.  We must prepare and recruit a workforce to support the new opportunities aerospace brings to our region.


Events
  1. Oct 17
    Early Voting
    October 17 - November 1
  2. Nov 6
    Election Day
    Please Vote and take a family member or friend.