When Bill Benton moved to Rosenberg 22 years ago, he had no idea of the impact he would make on the city.
After being elected to the Rosenberg City Council in 2011 and serving as mayor since 2017, Benton has seen the city totally transformed.
This and more were noted at Rosenberg’s State of the City address on Wednesday.
Benton addressed an audience of 275 at the Rosenberg Civic Center, with more watching online via live stream, provided by Texas State Technical College.
“In government, sometimes we lose sight on what we’ve accomplished because we’re always looking ahead,” Benton said.
“We’re looking toward the next goal. These sort of events are designed to look back at what we’ve been able to get done. It’s important to reflect a little beyond last year so we can get perspective on everything we’ve accomplished.”
Benton recognized the city’s public works department, the Rosenberg Development Corp., the city’s communications team, Rosenberg Animal Control, the parks department, the Rosenberg fire and police departments and the finance department.
Benton was elected mayor in June 2017.
He said he ran his campaign on a promise to keep taxes low. Since 2000, the population has grown from 24,000 to more than 40,000 people.
“We want citizens to know what their resources have gone to and what they’ve gone for,” Benton continued.
“In the last year there’s so many things that have happened. We’ve continued to provide municipal services at a very high level and at the same time we’ve been able to give the citizens both debt and tax relief. That’s the mission of the city, to provide municipal services.
“And you do that at the same time while trying to stretch those resources to give the taxpayers back some of their own dollars. I believe and we’ve proved it that we can do both.”
Benton shared projects the city has completed in the past year and plans on completing them in the future.
Projects include Bamore Road realignment project, the Dollar Tree distribution center, the water/wastewater collection rehabilitation project and the Fairground Road bridge reconstruction.
Benton noted that the public works department completed three and a half miles of street construction, 10,650 feet of sidewalk repairs, installed 57 street lights and replaced 228 street signs.
“We are doing our best to get our money’s worth and service our citizens,” Benton finished.