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David gantt.062911.fotm.speech

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Slides for speech given by David Gantt at the annual meeting of the Friends of Town Mountain, Asheville, NC on June 29, 2011

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  1. 1. County Commission update from David Gantt Friends of Town Mountain June 29, 2011
  2. 2. Buncombe County- 2008 Demographics Population 229,047 88.9% White 7.3% Black 4.4% Hispanic 52.4% Female 47.7% Male
  3. 3. Buncombe County Commission <ul><li>Major change in Commission elections </li></ul><ul><li>7 member Board elected by districts </li></ul><ul><li>2 Commissioners in 3 districts set by NC General Assembly (Chair direct) </li></ul><ul><li>Only vote for district and Chair (3 of 7) </li></ul><ul><li>Staggered terms of rep (4 years) </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Discretionary programs a County can provide include </li></ul><ul><li>Parks and recreational facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Arts, museums, auditoriums, civic centers, convention centers </li></ul><ul><li>Animal control services </li></ul><ul><li>Planning, land use, zoning </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Building Code enforcement </li></ul><ul><li>Patrol and investigative services </li></ul><ul><li>Water and sewer utilities </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>Fire protection and EMS </li></ul><ul><li>Floodplain management </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>2011- 2012 Budge t </li></ul><ul><li>Same tax rate (52.5 cents per $100) </li></ul><ul><li>$333.6 million total budget </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer county employees than 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>More $ to education than 2010- 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Cover core services like education, law enforcement, public welfare </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>Preserve and protect our mountains </li></ul><ul><li>Zoning- BRP protection </li></ul><ul><li>New overlays for high elevation, steep slopes, and ridgetops </li></ul><ul><li>Hillside ordinance </li></ul><ul><li>Stormwater runoff </li></ul><ul><li>Sedimentation control </li></ul><ul><li>Master plan for parks, greenways </li></ul>
  8. 12. <ul><li>Conservation Easement program is an award winning model in NC </li></ul><ul><li>County has helped protect 4,138 acres leveraging over $25 million in grants and private donations </li></ul><ul><li>Cost to County is $5.75 million </li></ul><ul><li>Priority given to ridge tops and farmland </li></ul>
  9. 13. <ul><li>Increase Health Care coverage for all residents </li></ul><ul><li>Contract with Western Carolina Community Health (higher reimbursement) </li></ul><ul><li>At least 12,000 unduplicated patient with access for 1st time </li></ul><ul><li>Add 90 new slots for walk ins each day </li></ul>
  10. 14. <ul><li>Take care of less fortunate citizens </li></ul><ul><li>$1.6 million in shelter and utility assistance via ABCCM, Elben, and Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries </li></ul><ul><li>$609,000 in aging services to leverage $1.3 million to help older residents </li></ul><ul><li>Mountain Mobility- 20 yrs of service- public transportation for those who need it </li></ul>
  11. 15. <ul><li>New Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Replace disgraceful old animal shelter with new shelter-Partner with Humane and ABTech </li></ul><ul><li>Continue Courthouse renovations </li></ul><ul><li>Consolidate Emergency Services in 1 place </li></ul><ul><li>Public Safety Training Facility- Training for law, fire, emergency, hazardous wastes, rescue </li></ul><ul><li>Library renovations- Pack Memorial </li></ul><ul><li>Economic development- Big announcement </li></ul>

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