The Economy and Jobs
- Develop and approve a budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 which maintains the property tax rate at 53.4 cents.
- Work with Wake Technical Community College, the Wake County Economic Development Program and existing businesses to attract new jobs, retain jobs and provide training to individuals in transition.
- Maximize the use of federal “stimulus” funds to:
- Retain or add jobs in the region, through infrastructure projects;
- Offset potential reductions in the County’s operating and/or capital budgets;
- Assist Wake County citizens (in transition).
Improving the Mental Health System in Wake County
- Implement the County’s Plan to improve Mental Health Services in Wake County including:
- The partnership with Holly Hill Hospital for 44 beds;
- The construction of continuum of care facilities (crisis and assessment center, short-term psychiatric beds, secure detox unit, and a substance abuse inpatient treatment center);
- An interim contract with the State of North Carolina for 24 beds until the continuum of care facilities are operational;
- Reorganization of the LME;
- Partnerships with the Sheriff’s Office, EMS and others.
Highlighting the County’s Role in Environmental Stewardship and “Green Initiatives"
- Update/Enhance the County’s Environmental Stewardship Agenda to incorporate strategies for sustainability and “green initiatives” including:
- Expanding the use of alternative fuel vehicles;
- Pursuing LEED certification for large capital projects;
- Continuing to make energy efficient improvements and upgrades in buildings.
- Expanding partnerships in reuse and recycling.
- Establish a Citizens’ Task Force to evaluate current strategies and recommend changes and new strategies.
Continuing Goals from Prior Years
- Building Human Capital: Implement plan to deliver human services that will enable citizens to achieve and/or maintain middle class status, ultimately reducing dependence on governmental support.
- Education: Work with the Wake County Public Schools and Wake Community College to:
- Modify capital project schedules in light of slower economic growth and bond issuances;
- Develop operating budget strategies that do not require increasing the property tax rate but reflect education as a priority in Wake County.
- Continue to maintain the County’s AAA bond rating with all three financial rating agencies.
- Transportation Strategies: Work with stakeholders, including the Wake County delegation, regional transportation organizations, municipalities and the business community to advance the County’s transportation needs.
- Collaborative Water Resources Management: Ensure that all municipalities have a voice in the development of regional solutions for water resource management in Wake County.
- Enhanced Delivery Systems for Fire/Rescue and EMS: Initiate discussions with contracted service providers to identify consolidation opportunities in fire/rescue service and EMS delivery and identify other strategies that will yield more effective and efficient fire/rescue and emergency medical services.
- Gang Prevention: Continue implementation of strategies recommended by the Wake County Gang Prevention Task Force to bolster prevention and reduce the prevalence of gang activity in Wake County.
- Urban County Leadership: Continue to take a leadership role among the largest, urbanizing counties to discuss common issues and to promote common legislative agendas including those involving transportation, water supply, Medicaid financing and air quality, for example.
- Criminal Justice Facilities: Continue to implement a courthouse and criminal justice long-term capital plan.
- Support for Cultural Arts: Continue to highlight the unique and varied cultural and artistic aspects of the community.