Mecklenburg County commission Chair Trevor Fuller is set to deliver a State of the County address on Thursday that will focus on eradicating poverty, growing jobs and an economic picture that includes rising revenues.
Fuller is the first commission chair to lay out county priorities since former commission Chair Jennifer Roberts delivered her address in 2010. It will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting chamber at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.
I think it is a tradition worth honoring, Fuller said Wednesday. It is a yearly opportunity for at least the board of commissioners to publicly state what were doing and where were headed.
Too often we get so tied up in day-to-day affairs, we dont try to catalog and present to people in a coherent way whats happening with county government.
After a year of turmoil on the board, Fuller said he will use the address to signal that we have begun to turn the corner.
He said he will talk about initiatives to fight poverty that is a blight on the county. We are in the bottom ranks of the largest metropolitan areas in the country and thats simply unacceptable.
Hell discuss economic development efforts that will include addressing the issues of permitting, code enforcement and inspections.
Its not meeting the needs of people who use those services, Fuller said. Weve got to align our efforts with that.
And hell discuss the projection for growing revenues over last year and the impact theyll have on a new county budget that commissioners and county staffers have begun to develop.
We are doing better in terms of what were bringing in property taxes ... and were finding that changes (in the 2011 revaluation review) are not as stark as we thought they would be, Fuller said. It is a product of a growing economy and property values starting to rise.
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