UPDATE: Mayor Haygood has released the FY14 Proposed Budget.  Click Here to view the proposed budget.  The City Council is now reviewing the budget and plans to adopt a FY14 Budget prior to the commencement of the fiscal year on October 1, 2013.

A Message from the Mayor

Since February, I have served the residents of Daphne as your Mayor. During this time, I have gained great insight about various aspects of the City. I have had the opportunity to explore the City of Daphne from different vantage points by visiting with city employees, engaging with citizens, conducting meetings with business owners, attending civic events and working daily at City Hall. This process has reaffirmed and furthered my belief in the uniqueness, the character and the quality of life in Daphne.

The City of Daphne has a bright future – one I am humbled and proud to be a part of. Our rich history, location along I-10 and Mobile Bay, award winning schools, diverse recreational opportunities, numerous shopping and dining venues combined with our greatest asset – the people in Daphne – create a foundation for success. It is the collection of individuals in our city and the interaction with one another that ultimately forms our sense of community. We are a community that is strongly family-oriented and one with a citizenry that is highly engaged.

In this issue of the Jubilee Breeze, you will have an opportunity to discover a few of the organizations in Daphne that I have had the opportunity to learn about and become involved with over the last few months. I hope you will take the time to learn about organizations such as the Ruff Wilson Youth Center, the Exceptional Foundation, SEEDS, the Bay River Arts Guild (BRAG), as well as the many others organizations in our community. I encourage you to not only discover these organizations but also encourage you to become involved.

I would like to acknowledge an often overlooked part of our community, the employees of the City of Daphne. Over the last few months I have been able to become acquainted with this group of dedicated individuals. We are fortunate to have such a talented group serving our community in the areas of Finance, Community Development, Building Inspection, Public Works, Recreation, and Human Resources Departments within City Hall as well as the Fire Department, Police Department, Municipal Court, Civic Center and Library which serve the general public as well. Many of our employees go above and beyond with their community involvement. One example of this is the “Relay for Life” event – a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. A group of passionate City employees represented the City of Daphne by participating in the event that was held at Daphne High School with a bowling theme of “Striking Out Cancer”. Many of these employees who organized, planned, and raised funds for this event have been personally affected by cancer. These employees were able to raise over six thousand dollars for a great cause and represent the City of Daphne in a positive manner in the community.

In the coming months, we will continue to improve upon the operational side of our municipal government by leveraging technology and process improvements to create better operational efficiency and ultimately better accountability for taxpayer dollars. Secondly, we plan to improve upon the communication between the City of Daphne and our residents. Timely communication is necessary to create better public awareness of events, issues and challenges facing our city. Lastly, with the help of the Daphne Beautification Committee and the Public Works Department, I hope to improve the aesthetics and curb appeal within the City of Daphne and to create points of interest along our roads and public places by incorporating flowers and color in our landscaping around the city.

I appreciate the opportunity to serve the residents of Daphne. Please contact my office if there is any way we can assist you.

Mayor Dane Haygood