In his ‘State of the County’ address today, County Commissioner and Board Chair Al French said the Board of County Commissioners will not consider any traffic impact fees or other costs that will negatively impact business or the housing industry until their is satisfactory economic recovery and employment is back to ‘acceptable levels.’

Focusing on a “new norm” for local government, French emphasized that in today’s economy, local government can no longer afford to operate the way it has in the past. He added that as demands from the public, and state and federal mandates stretch resources, local government must seek partnerships to hold the line on taxes while preserving services.

French identified several administrative programs that have been identified as good candidates for consolidating services, including Road Maintenance and Snow Removal, but didn’t say exactly how or if they would for sure be consolidated.

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