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Floyd County Annual Report 2017 (combined)

MESSAGE FROM THE FLOYD

MESSAGE FROM THE FLOYD COUNTY MANAGER Jamie A. McCord County Manager (706) 291-5110 mccordj@floydcountyga.org The Floyd County Board of Commissioners appointed Jamie McCord County Manager in 2013. McCord previously served twenty years between the Georgia Department of Transportation and the City of Rome. The Floyd County Manager is the administrative head of County government and is responsible to the Board for the proper and efficient administration of all affairs of the County except as otherwise provided by law. McCord holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Berry College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Southern Poly. He is a member of the International County Managers Association (ICMA), the Georgia City/County Manager’s Association (GCCMA), and previously served as the President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). 4 2017 FLOYD COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT Floyd County saw many challenges and many improvements to operations in 2017. In 2016, the County ended with revenues above projections and expenditures well under projections. We were also able to increase the general fund balance by $2.3 million. With the Law Enforcement Phase III Pay Plan complete in 2017 and Phase I of the Correction Pay Plan scheduled to begin in 2018, employee retention improved. Floyd County was able to finalize multiple joint agreements with the City of Rome, reactivate the Rome-Floyd Land Bank Authority, open an employee health/wellness clinic, as well as hire several department head positions. Our General Fund’s fund balance at the end of 2016 remained healthy at $15 million and debt service continued to be reduced. We were able to adopt the 2018 budget in December. Challenges still include unstable and unpredictable revenues due to unfunded mandates and lack of information among other factors out of our control. Many of our 2013 SPLOST projects are substantially underway, or were completed in 2017 with the new Animal Control facility becoming fully operational and much needed improvements to newly re-branded Forum River Center. Four new playground installations were completed. The Everett Springs Water System project was awarded and construction began in December of 2017. The citizens of Floyd County approved a new SPLOST that will begin in April 2019 of over $63 million of improvements with over 60% of voters approving. I think this outcome demonstrated confidence in local government elected officials and leadership. The 2017 air show was by far the largest tourism event with over 80,000 attendees at Richard B. Russell airport. Georgia High School Association hosted both two Championship Series for the first in Floyd County. The Baseball Championship Series was played at State Mutual Stadium, home of the Rome Braves and the Track Field Championship was held at Berry College. Three major announcements headlined Economic Development activities in 2017 including Carlson Precision in the South Floyd Industrial Park and a redevelopment by Balta in the northern SR 53 corridor of Floyd County. We have seen some improvements in the economy with both residential and commercial construction. Our sales tax revenues are virtually flat in several areas and we continue to struggle to confirm the reasons. While Floyd County had the smallest sales tax increase in Northwest Georgia, we actually ended the year with an increase of 1.3%. Some industry layoffs are assumed to have had an effect, but we hope our gains have offset the losses in 2017. I am extremely proud of our departmental staff that have been productive and proficient in managing County business and look forward to continuing to improve our services and delivery for all residents of Floyd County. Sincerely, Jamie A. McCord

COUNTYWIDE SERVICES JOINT SERVICES 5 Administration Airport Animal Control Cooperative Extension Coroner Emergency Management Board of Assessors Board of Commissioners Corrections District Attorney E-911 Judicial Services Police Department Public Works Sheriff's Department | Jail Solid Waste Water Department Work Release Center 2017 FLOYD COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT Floyd County and the City of Rome have collaborated for over 25 years to identify opportunities for costs savings through Intergovernmental Agencies. These agencies prevent a duplication of services between the incorporated and unincorporated parts of the County which leads to costs savings for all. Building Inspection E.C.O. Center Elections & Registration Emergency Communication Systems Fire Department Jail Services Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau GIS Land Bank Authority Metro Task Force Planning & Zoning Records Retention Rome Floyd Parks & Recreation Rome Floyd Recycling Rome Floyd Development Authority Solid Waste Disposal Street Paving Tax Office Services

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