Forsyth County looks ahead in 2014

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As we enter into 2014, it is a great opportunity to recall some of the many highlights of the past year for Forsyth County. Among those is certainly the fact that Forsyth County’s financial condition remains strong.

The county’s 2014 operating budget was funded with no increase in the county’s property tax millage rate. In fact, Forsyth County has the same total millage rate for the fourth consecutive year.

I think our county has done an outstanding job of keeping taxes low while still providing the quality services our citizens expect.

In 2013, Forsyth County opened new Fire Station 3 in the Matt area of northwest Forsyth County.

The expansion to the Forsyth County Water Treatment Facility was completed, enabling us to treat additional water while also increasing efficiency.

Western Forsyth County welcomed the new Post Road Library, the county’s fourth library branch. And construction began on the county’s new courthouse and jail, which are expected to be completed at the end of 2014. These projects represent the continual progress being made within Forsyth County.

It is also an exciting time to look toward the great things that are on Forsyth County’s horizon. Downtown Cumming will continue to transform, as construction of the county’s new courthouse and jail progresses.

These new buildings are very important components of our county’s judicial and public safety infrastructure.

Construction also continues on the county’s new animal shelter, located on County Way in northern Forsyth County.

The new shelter will be state-of-the-art and is slated for completion this summer.

It is truly an honor to be a part of these and all of the exciting projects taking place within our community, and to serve the citizens of Forsyth County.

On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, I would like to extend best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy New Year.