Last Thursday I had the honor and pleasure to deliver the State of the County address at the Georgia World Congress Center hosted by our good friends at the Council for Quality Growth. We had a lot of special guests there, and we are all committed to serving and improving our community.
What a year 2016 has been!
We had our fair share of challenges, but I believe we did our best to tackle them in comprehensive and effective ways. We’re not only on the right track, but going full steam ahead to move Fulton Forward.
Our 2016 election was an enormous success. We saw over 75% of registered voters turn out to vote, and important local issues were approved: The creation of the new City of South Fulton, and the passage of a T-SPLOST, a three-quarters of a penny sales tax for transportation improvements. I hope to capitalize on this momentum by planning for ways to improve and expand on how MARTA and transit can serve Fulton.
We’re investing in our community’s health, safety, and economic well-being. Our PrEP clinics will help battle the HIV/AIDS crisis in our county by providing a one-a-day pill that prevents the spread of in the virus in community clinics and college campuses.
The Board of Commissions has committed $7.5 million this year towards reforming our criminal justice system to reduce the number of inmates in Fulton County, provide mental health service for those in need, and tackle our massive backlog in the courts.
On April 29th, Fulton County will sponsor the largest Expungement Summit ever where we can clear the arrest records of those who were never convicted. Our goal is to give them a second chance in life through better opportunities for jobs, housing, and education.
2017 will also see continued focus on cybersecurity improvements, battling sex trafficking in our community, and encouraging interfaith understanding and cooperation.
Your input is crucial to the county’s success as we Move Fulton Forward. I am thankful for your support and look forward to make 2017 the most successful year yet.
You can read over the full transcript of my State of the County address here.