Economic Development– An article printed in the Charlotte Observer in 2013 stated that Cabarrus County was closed for business due to the actions of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners. The current board has completely reversed this trend and Cabarrus County is now an actively growing business community. It is my goal to continue to support economic growth in Cabarrus County by proving a positive business climate which will create economic opportunities for all, increase community support for its citizens, create jobs, and improve our education.
“A rising tide lifts all boats”- President J.F. Kennedy, 1963 and repeated often by President Ronald Reagan.
Adequate funding for law enforcement- The protection of citizens is of the highest priority for a local government. As the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, we are charged with this responsibility as our county is continually growing. Currently, our sheriff’s office, district attorney’s office, and our number of judges has increased due to our growing population. Therefore, it is imperative that we keep up with our county’s growth to maintain a safe community.
Adequate funding for schools- Currently, Cabarrus County Schools is the 10th largest school district in the state of North Carolina. Cabarrus County’s students have a high level of achievement and our schools perform at a high level across the state. We must continue to fund capital projects and maintain facilities to support our schools and student’s needs. With over 30,000 students, the challenge is to educate all students to reach their potential and be gainfully employed. Meeting the needs of our schools and students is critical to the economic viability of our community and quality of life.
Lowering the tax burden for the citizens of Cabarrus County– Tax revenue must be used effectively and efficiently to provide services to the people of Cabarrus county while not burdening families with increased taxes. To achieve this goal, the commissioners will need to prioritize spending, spend conservatively, and maintain a balanced budget within the County. The current budget (FY 2018) keeps the tax rate the same and overall decreases spending almost 4%.