Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz took to social media Thursday to share a New Year’s message for Tiffin and Seneca County.
“Exactly one year ago today, I was taking the oath of office to begin my third term as mayor of the city of Tiffin. Little did I know what obstacles were waiting in 2020. From back surgery in January, to a raging world-wide pandemic in March, to my own battle with COVID-19 in October, 2020 has been quite the nasty year,” Montz wrote.
Despite all of that, Montz said there was plenty of good news to come out of 2020 for the city.
“However, there were many bright spots as well. Multiple industries in Tiffin announced significant expansions, and two new factories selected Tiffin as their new homes, bringing over 200 new jobs. New businesses opened in the historic downtown district and DORA became a huge success. Out of the box thinking prevailed with the ‘Bunny Parade’ through Tiffin, social media business features, and grants to assist struggling businesses and families during these unprecedented days.”
Montz said while many cities across Ohio and the country and struggling financially due to the pandemic, Tiffin is having a “break-even year.”
“Due to our strong economy and sound fiscal management at City Hall, we do not expect to have to make deep budget cuts and layoffs like many cities are facing heading into 2021. We expect no cuts to city services in 2021. In fact we’ve planned the largest fireworks display ever held in Tiffin this coming Summer as we hope to use it as a celebration of the end of the pandemic.”
The mayor said while 2020 was a “downright nasty, terrible, ‘grinch’ kind of year,” there are still plenty of things to celebrate.
“As we move into the new year, I, along with my team, promise to work just as hard as we have these past nine years. Tiffin is a strong and resilient community and I am fully committed to seeing her continue to flourish. With 2020 in the rearview mirror, I am confident the best is yet ahead of us in Tiffin, Ohio.”