He said during his two terms on the council, it has not raised the millage rate.
It only increased the millage when residents voted for a bond issue to fund the city public safety building in recent years, he said.
“A lot of people worked hard to keep it that way,” McLain said. “I hope that’s one of the things people think of.”
“We have to balance the budget before spending money.”
McLain, chairman of the council’s public safety committee, also said he hoped people think of him as a supporter of the police department. He praised voters for the bond issue to build a new central location which replaced a scattering of five downtown buildings the department used as a headquarters until 2011.
“That [new] building will have 25 years of good use,” he said.
He said the local government is the one “closest to the people,” and every council meeting should be like a town hall meeting.
The retired food broker said he wanted to make sure the council worked on economic development in the next four years.
“Jobs will be a factor,” he said.
“We got a nice hit from a nationally known food service company,” he said, referring to Gordon Food Service’s recent announcement it was building a new facility in eastern Douglasville.
“This is big for us. I’m anxious to see them come.”
He also dismissed recent charges of being “racially insensitive” in references to President Barack Obama he made in posts on a Facebook page.
“I’m not sure everyone has the same sense of humor as me,” McLain said.