Mason City mayor delivers State of the City address

The State of the River City

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(ABC 6 News) – In Mason City, Mayo Bill Schickel delivered his State of the City address, sending a simple message: “River City is booming.”

The mayor used his time tonight to highlight infrastructure investments, the city’s economic outlook and other items.

In particular, the address focused on booming sales tax returns, reductions in individual property tax bills and the city’s capital improvement improvement plan, which will see $125 million in citywide investments over the next five years.

Apart from Mason City’s economics, the mayor also noted a lower crime rate and rising arrests, despite a police staffing shortage.

“There’s a perception that crime is on the increase, but the reality is different,” said Schickel. “In Mason City, there has been a significant decline in crime over the last year. Data from the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows a 9% decrease.”

Schickel also noted energy investments and partnerships, as well as four nationally prominent businessess choosing to move into the city over the last year.

You can watch the entire address below.