Winter may have come early this year, but our efforts to continuously improve the services and quality of life here in Menasha never cease.
2019 saw the completion of millions of dollars in street construction as well as the Water Street corridor study and hotel study. We broke ground on an expansion of the Boys and Girls Club, completed the Province Terrace trail, and welcomed two new coffee shops. We recently were awarded a $3.7 million grant to reconstruct Racine Street in 2024.
In 2020, the beginning stages of a safer Racine Street will begin. In Jefferson Park, you will see a refresh of the pool bathhouse, new parking facilities, and the beginning of a showpiece playground. You will also see the beginning stages of constructing a new public works facility on Baldwin Street replacing the current undersized building. Rising from the ashes a new $10 million mixed use development is planned for the Brin site.
Our equalized tax rate has fallen for 7 consecutive years and our assessed rate has fallen by over $1 per thousand this year.
Knowing that your home is likely your most valuable asset, the City has also embarked on programs to protect and enhance that asset. We have hosted multiple Rock the Block efforts culminating the largest Rock the Block in the country with more than 100 projects this year. 2020 will mark the inauguration of our Strong Neighborhoods program, providing matching funds for renovations with your commitment to live in Menasha for the next five years. Unlike many housing programs, the Strong Neighborhoods program does not have household income restrictions.
Working with our dedicated team you can expect to see more of the positive energy and activity that continues to drive our community forward in 2020.