For the past decade the Goshen Chamber of Commerce has hosted “Founder’s Day,” an event that showcases its member’s wares, celebrates the incorporation of the settlement way back in 1831 and allows the mayor to tout the health and welfare of the city. Much has happened in a decade.
On Thursday, Mayor Allan Kauffman delivered his State of the City address in front of more than 360 people at the event held at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. Kauffman, who last November was elected to his fourth full term, essentially reiterated what he preached during the fall campaign: Goshen is a great place to live with room for even more improvement.
Much of the address focused on financials, items such as assessed valuation, property tax caps, Tax Increment Finance revenue and operating balances. Kauffman admits he wishes the numbers added up better, but given the impact of the recession has had on Elkhart County, he is comfortable with the financial health of the city. All things considered, Goshen is in much better shape than cities of similar size with similar situations. That is a credit to both Kauffman and City Council members. They may not always see eye-to-eye, but they know how to work together and that is always encouraging.
We believe the state of the city is in very good shape because despite the challenges of the past four years, the quality of life here has not suffered. Goshen is on strong footing and is an outstanding place to live, work, raise a family, visit during a First Fridays and take in an acclaimed concert performance at Goshen College. It’s also a great city to ride a bicycle in, take a walk or sneak a nap in a hammock. There is a strong sense of place here that cannot be overlooked.