1. The Economy and Jobs and Investment

    1. Develop and approve a budget for fiscal year 2012–2013 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 2013–2018, 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 2013–2018, which will be supported by the citizens and voters of Wake County. Work with the School Board to 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.


  1. State and Federal Impacts

    1. Mental Health: Implement the merger of Wake County’s LME with the Durham Center and evaluate and implement how to maximize the county’s funding to yield enhanced services within the mental health continuum of care.

    2. Health Care Reform: Identify what “health care reform” means to Wake County as a service provider and employer. Identify implementation strategies and policy issues for consideration.

    3. Annexation and ETJ Criteria: Work with the Planning Board and municipalities to evaluate the impact of recent legislative changes on annexation and the County’s policies and criteria for the extension of municipal ETJs.

  1. Open Space/Farm Preservation

    1. Implement the County’s priority to environmental stewardship by protecting open space and through partnerships increase access to natural areas through the expansion of greenways in Wake County.

    2. Work with Wake County's farm and agribusiness community to facilitate their efforts for farmland preservation and economic viability.

  1. Continuing Goals from Prior Years

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

    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.

    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. Pursue legislative change to modify composition of Human Services Board to reflect the transfer of mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse responsibilities to the newly merged Managed Care Organization (MCO)

      5. Follow through and focus on the top three goals of the 2010 Community Assessment:
        1. Overweight and obesity

        2. Lack of health insurance

        3. Unemployment

    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)