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by | Dec 29, 2022 | Latest

There’s no doubt 2022 was a year highlighted by a return to normal following a year-plus challenge dealing with the pandemic.

Trying to get to a pre-COVID operating style presented opportunities and challenges and City Manager Mike Castro believes the city of Murphy is on the right track.

“Similar to other public institutions, the city continues to work through the pandemic and it’s lingering impact,” said Castro. “We are also challenged by the current hiring environment. It remains difficult to find qualified applicants for every skilled position in the city.”

Castro said the cost of doing business has risen substantially because of the effect inflation has on materials and commodities. He said in 2022 actual costs increased at a higher rate than the city allowed in its budget.

“We are able to work through all these challenges and continue to provide excellent services to the residents of Murphy,” he added.

Throughout 2022, Castro said the city was able to complete the 2017 Bond Program and came in about $2.5 million under budget. He said the unspent funds will be allocated toward the city’s sidewalk and trail program to expand walking opportunities within the community.

The bond program, passed in Nov. 2017, included $15.5 million for street improvements and $1.7 million for public safety facilities.

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