EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - El Paso City Council will meet Thursday morning to review a strategic plan to make sure taxpayers get the most of their tax dollars.
The City's Chief Performance Officer, Nancy Bartlett, says the reason for the meeting is because the city has accomplished a lot in the last two years, and it's time to add more items and goals to the plan.
In January 2015, City Council adopted the plan with 8 strategic goals to help El Paso grow and move forward.
"We have a plan, a 10-year plan for the police department to add 30 officers a year, so that hopefully 10 years down the road we've added at least 300 new police officers," Bartlett said.
Some of the projects that have come to fruition since then are the renovation of San Jacinto Plaza, spray parks, and several road improvements.
The mayor, city reps, and city manager will meet at the El Paso Zoo Event Pavilion to review how they can enhance the city's vision, which is, “El Paso will have safe beautiful neighborhoods, a vibrant regional economy, and exceptional recreation, cultural and educational opportunities."
"If you actually have a vision for what you want your city to become, and you believe in that vision and you set specific strategies, goals and measures to get there - you can get there. Without that vision you're just scrambling," said Bartlett.
Bartlett says the public took an online survey, which helped staff determine what improvements can be made, and what projects the community sees as a priority. That feedback will be presented to council at Thursday’s meeting.
City Rep. Cortney Niland, who has been gone since early January due to a family illness, is expected to attend the meeting.
During her absence, that council voted to put the Duranguito neighborhood back on the table as an option to build the downtown arena.
Niland tweeted on Monday, “I am back in the D8 office. I want to thank everyone for their prayers & compassion. I am happy to get back to public service.”