1. The Economy and Jobs and Investment

    1. Develop and approve a budget for fiscal year 2011–2012 that maintains the property tax rate at 53.4 cents.

    2. Continue to work with Wake Technical Community College, the Wake Economic Development Program, North Carolina State University and existing businesses to attract new jobs, to retain jobs and to provide training to individuals in transition.

    3. Evaluate regulations, fees and/or practices to encourage business investment/re-investment (without sacrificing other public policy objectives.)


  1. Education Capital and Infrastructure

    1. Work with Wake Technical Community College to develop a capital program for 2012 to 2017, which will be supported by the citizens and voters of Wake County.

    2. Work with the Wake County Public School System on a capital program for 2012 to 2017, which will be supported by the citizens and voters of Wake County, and with the approval of the School Board, shift the responsibility of the construction of schools and land acquisition to the County.

  1. Transit

    1. Work with Triangle Transit, the municipalities and the business community on a Transit Plan which may include bus and rail and determine support of the municipalities and the business community for a ½ cent sales tax referendum that will be supported by the citizens and voters of Wake County, and anticipated no sooner than the Spring of 2012.

  1. Other

    1. Animal Welfare: Develop and implement cost-effective, life-saving programs and practices in partnership with public and private organizations in the community to increase the live-release rate of healthy and adoptable animals received at the Wake County Animal Center.

    2. Complete the review of the Raleigh Convention Center financing as identified in the 8th amendment to the Interlocal Agreement (on the use of Occupancy Tax and Prepared Food and Beverage Tax Revenues), while involving numerous stakeholders in the community.

  1. Continuing Goals from Prior Years

    1. Complete the work of the Sustainability Task Force and evaluate recommendations for implementation.

    2. Improve the Mental Health System in Wake County with the opening of WakeBrook Campus and by securing partners to operate some or all of the facilities in the most cost-efficient manner.

    3. Human Capital:

      1. Implement plans to deliver Human Services that will enable citizens to achieve and/or maintain middle class status, ultimately reducing dependence on government support.

      2. Work with the Human Services Board to identify departmental priorities for resource allocation and budget recommendations.

      3. Continue collaborative development and implementation of strategies to bolster prevention, and reduce the prevalence of, gang activity in Wake County.

    4. Education: Work with Wake County Public Schools and Wake Technical Community College to develop operating budget strategies that do not require increasing the property tax rate, yet reflects education as a priority in Wake County.

    5. Continue to maintain the County’s AAA credit rating with all three rating agencies.

    6. Effective and efficient delivery of Fire/Rescue and EMS: Continue discussions with contracted service providers to identify consolidation opportunities in fire/rescue services and EMS delivery, and identify other strategies that will yield more effective and efficient fire/rescue and emergency medical services.

    7. Urban County Leadership: Continue to take a leadership role among the largest urbanizing counties to discuss and promote common issues in the State Legislature, including:

      1. Strengthening relationship with the Wake County
        legislative delegation

      2. Identifying and participating in strategies to transform local government (example: Future of Retirement Study Commission)