Dear Friends and Supporters:
Being clear about one’s mission is essential to any organization’s success. Good leaders know that repetition of a clear mission enhances workers’ ability to achieve organizational goals.
Equally vital is a periodic assessment of an organization’s performance against its mission. The mission provides the answer to “Where are we going?” The periodic assessment answers “How far have we come?”
These principles apply to towns, an important organization to many, particularly to Harrison residents. In Harrison, our town’s mission is reflected, in part, in its Master Plan and operating and capital budgets.
What has been missing for many years is a periodic report of the town’s performance. To be sure, Harrison publishes the usual annual audited financial statements and comparisons of actual versus budgeted results. But since at least 2013, Harrison has not had a State of the Town Address.
We intend to revive the tradition of the supervisor’s Annual State of the Town Address as an important part of our communications to you. An Annual State of the Town Address is a town supervisor’s oral and written report to residents about the town’s progress in relation to its goals. It’s a form of annual checkup in which the supervisor lays bare to residents what’s worked and what hasn’t — and what’s next.
As elected officials, we will provide you with the information you need to evaluate our performance and hold us accountable. You have an absolute right to know where the town is going and how far it has come.
Without an Annual State of the Town Address, there is no comprehensive overview of elected officials’ performance, and accountability suffers.
To strengthen the bonds of community that hold us together, we value forthright and clear communications, including an Annual State of the Town Address.
More information on the Moving Harrison Forward team can be found at www.movingharrisonforward.com.
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Frank, Rachel and Adam
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