Leon County Priorities

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

County officials are having to make tough decisions about their priorities.
In Leon County, commissioners spent the day hashing out the most pressing issues in face of a recession.
Leon County commissioners spent a day at a retreat to come up with their priorities each year... but the chair of the commission Bryan Desloge says this time was different.
"There's not a lot of available money so the issue now is how do we reshape the county a little bit so that we can deliver the same services, serve the same constituents," says Desloge.
The commissioners identified 20 issues they felt should be considered as priorities, then whittled the list down by combining some issues and deleting others.
The issue that took the most discussion was economic stimulus... and appeared to clearly be one of the top issues for the group as it tried to find areas to create local jobs.
"The three areas that I mentioned was transportation infrastructure, storm water infrastructure and our libraries, branch libraries," explains Commissioner John Dailey who made a motion to focus on those three areas for job creation.
By the end of the day economic development captured the top spot of the priority list.
Second, is climate change and sustainability, then revenue diversification, southern strategy and Wakulla Springs Protection.
The Southern strategy includes industrial zoning and green issues the south may be facing soon.
"That ought to be a priority and that the south side is not left behind as the growth expansion economic stimulus for all other parts of the community," says Commissioner Bill Proctor after he was able to convince other commissioners to add southern strategy to the list.
Commissioners also stress working with federal and state governments to come up with a comprehensive economic plan for Leon County.
Leon County Commissioners plan to ratify their decisions Tuesday afternoon.


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