County commissioners approve 2012 goals
Apr 05, 2012 (The Stokes News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The Stokes County Board of Commissioners approved goals for fiscal year 2012-13 at a special goals session on March 28.
The goals were adopted unanimously by the board at their fourth and final goals and planning session for the year. The goals all have the same priority and are in no particular order, as was clarified by Commissioner Jimmy Walker.
County Manager Rick Morris suggested three goals for the year, which the board approved with the total list of goals. His first goal was to "investigate and analyze the possibility of expanding electronic storage of documents in county departments to increase efficiency, reduce cost, and reduce paper storage requirements."
His second goal was to "support the Animal Advisory Council's goals of improving the Animal Shelter and its operations and reducing instances of cruelty to animals in the county."
The final goal suggested by Morris was to "support necessary changes to improve the operation and efficiency of the Stokes County 911 Communications Center," which includes supporting "the creation of a regional backup center for 911 to be paid for with other than county funds."
Several of the approved goals are continuations of goals from last year. They include: continuing school projects from 2011; taking steps necessary to have a community college in Stokes County as soon as reasonably possible; placing a high priority on acquiring grants; continuing to support the four strategies of the Economic Development Commission and "Buy Local" efforts; and completing the Danbury Water Project.
Other goals are ensuring that revenue drives expenditures; no property tax increase; re-evaluating boards and commissions (to consider efficiency, value and possibility of streamlining some county-appointed committees); continuing and improving the provision of essential services; instituting a cost-of-living adjustment or bonus for county employees if possible; continuing the practice of open, transparent, user-friendly government; improving and enhancing technology (such as working to get more high-speed internet and cell phone coverage in the county).
Commissioner Leon Inman advised the commissioners to make sure the goals they selected had measurable outcomes so strategies could be selected to accomplish the goals. After suggesting and discussing goals and writing them on an easel pad, the commissioners unanimously approved the package of goals described above.
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