Six months of hard work by our campaign team will be judged on Tuesday by the voters. Ultimately for the Republicans in Cobb, they are asked to decided who is best qualified to navigate us through political shoals in good weather and bad. It calls for leadership.
My record in office is one that has restored fiscal stability to the County, provided additional compensation, training, and equipment for our staff, especially public safety, added parks, green space, and libraries, and kept all our amenities open. I am proposing a budget for 2021 that leaves millages at the same rates for the 3d straight year.
Since March 1st of this year, I have guided the Board through an agenda responding to the COVID 19 pandemic, defining categories for use of funding for the CARES legislation, implementing programs to address food insecurity, rental assistance, and support for small businesses, and projects for renewal of the SPLOST. We have reopened the County for work and play. After meeting with all 3 of our rating agencies in New York, I am confident that we shall retain our AAA bond rating for the 23d consecutive year.
Because of programs that emphasize community involvement by the County and especially Department of Public Safety, the protests over the last 10 days supporting the Black Lives Movement have all been peaceful. I support the right for the people to convey their grievances to their government. On Tuesday, the Board will continue to reaffirm that there is no room for racism, bigotry, prejudice, hate or discrimination in Cobb County. Under my term, we have seen increased County government leadership appointments that demonstrate our commitment to diversity.
On June 9th, I am asking the voters to allow me to continue to build on this record of achievement, one that reflects my commitment to continue to make Cobb a choice destination where we can all safely, work, live, play and pursue our dreams.