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VOL. 129 | NO. 127 | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Palazzolo Opens Run for Germantown Mayor

By Bill Dries

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So far, Germantown Alderman Mike Palazzolo has no opposition in his bid to become the next mayor of Germantown in the Nov. 4 elections.

“You grow in the business districts and in the gateways and still protect your neighborhoods.”

–Mike Palazzolo
Germantown alderman

And his early start campaigning door to door in March and covering about 25 percent of the city so far means he may not in the race to succeed outgoing Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy.

“I’ve done that for four other elections,” Palazzolo said, referring to his runs for alderman. “Even if I don’t get an opponent, I’ll probably do it.”

The filing deadline for candidates in the Nov. 4 municipal elections in Germantown, Millington, Bartlett and Collierville is Aug. 21.

Palazzolo opened his campaign Saturday, June 28, under a pavilion at the Germantown Charity Horse Show Grounds with a bluegrass band playing a version of the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” and a hard rain right after his speech to a group of 200 supporters including Goldsworthy.

Palazzolo pledged to build on Goldsworthy’s work and begin charting a course to a new 20-year plan for Germantown with about six years left in the city’s current 20-year plan.

He says the issues in the Germantown elections are “economic development, education and making sure we preserve the quality of our neighborhoods.”

The municipal elections will be decided about three months after the start of the first school year of Germantown Municipal Schools.

Palazzolo said the city’s approach to supporting the schools then focuses on the education foundation in Germantown.

“How do you start planning for a world-class system over the years and how do you incorporate a community to get behind education even more so than we are now?” he said of the goal.

The city’s sales tax revenue took a hit in recent years with the recession and extensive road construction along Poplar Avenue.

Palazzolo said the city’s tax base is now improving dramatically with what amounts to a rebuilding of those commercial areas instead of a growth into residential areas.

“We’re in a boom now. That’s how you expand your sales tax revenue. You grow in the business districts and in the gateways and still protect your neighborhoods,” he said. “The central business district – there’s room for tear downs and remodels.”

He pointed to the conversions of Kirby Woods and Germantown Village malls from traditional interiors malls to a configuration in which storefronts are on the outside.

“They continue to reinvent themselves so you could easily see some of the properties in central Germantown go completely modern urbanist,” Palazzolo said.

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