This is a continuation of my interview with Easton Mayor Sal Panto.
Q. Your first term, your mantra was clean and safe.
Panto: "Clean and safe."
Q. I imagine that is something you're going to continue in --
Panto: "If you don't have a clean and safe city, people don't want to invest in your city. They don't want to come to your city. And more importantly, they don't want to live in your city.
"We've spent a lot of money in neighborhood development and in downtown development. Both are equally important. Residents view their city by their neighborhood. Visitors view their city by the downtown.
"Downtown Easton has always had a bad image. Therefore, the whole City has had a bad image, Valley wide. I think our financial management, our decrease in crime, our good attractions for tourists and our restaurants are bringing people back down to Easton because they feel clean and safe in the City.
"And that's what makes - the more business taxes we collect, the less real estate taxes we have to collect from residents."