Something else just as certain in life as death and taxes is the reality of another election cycle. 

This coming May, voters across the state will cast ballots for their selections in hundreds of municipal and school district races.Quite similar are some of the factors involved in both of these electoral decisions.

As economic situations proceed through a transitional period of change and development, careful attention must be given to the narrowing options available for public expenditures. Public officials as stewards of of resources and assets can expect to continue to be faced with challenging, and sometimes, unpopular choices, in order to protect and serve the financial integrity of the entities and maintain fiscal stability.

Both cities and school districts will be dealing with compelling needs whether it's water availability and quality, aging infrastructures, capital equipment, technology and especially personnel related issues.

Policy making can be a difficult and, at times, controversial process. Unanimity of thinking and voting never guarantees the best actions. It is advantageous and beneficial to always encourage thoughtful and respectful debate and opposing viewpoints to be presented within a legislative authority or body. 

The responsibility placed on voters is to identify candidates who represent those qualities that best serve effective and responsible governance, particularly a strong sense of discernment and judgement, leadership acumen to work with diverse groups and interests, and positive communication and relationship abilities.

The tasks will not be easy. Elections do have consequences.The goal must be to strive for outcomes that can best offer progress and successful accomplishment for our cities and schools. The cycle begins.