In her annual State of the City address, North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck spent most of her speech thanking city leaders, nonprofits and community members for helping North Las Vegas get through a tough year.
"To be honest it has been a time of challenge, a time of change and yes even a time of triumph," said Buck.
It's a year that included cuts to recreation centers, libraries and public safety.
"We declared a fiscal state of emergency," said Buck. "It allowed us to save jobs while maintaining a balanced budget. I want to emphasize we did not lay off any police officers or firefighters."
Now with a balanced budget, Buck is looking forward focusing on business growth. Her vision for 2013 is to strengthen businesses and attract new ones. She hinted new companies would be moving in and hiring.
"I'm really excited about Via West and their operation they will be expanding soon," said Buck. "These companies that I mentioned today are all ripe for growth."
"I don't think any business owner left here thought there was any real future in what the city council provided today," said John Lee, who is running against Buck for mayor. "She had to encourage people to clap for her."
Lee said the speech lacked a master plan for commercial and industrial development.
"The city council needs to start accepting responsibilities," said Lee. "It needs the regional leaders to start moving this town back out of bankruptcy and building the community again."
Buck said she doesn't think the city will have any more cuts. However, she is asking city employees to not take any raises.
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