Before deciding to run for mayor, he had seen Dalton's tax revenue rise from $9.9 million in 2000 to $12.7 million in 2007. Under his leadership, the tax levy has been reduced to $9.6 million, city records show.
In all, the city has cut taxes by 24 percent since Pennington took office. Most of that came through staffing reductions, benefits changes and elimination of some city services.
Pennington went after agencies that often are sacred cows, such as the fire and police departments. He reduced the police rolls from 107 to 95, cut $300,000 from the fire department budget and eliminated a costly pension plan for new hires.
The result has been an improved city financial picture and a lighter burden on taxpayers.