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2012 EDITION Forsyth: The place people want to call home Forsyth County,


With one look around it


is easy


to see all of the progress taking place in our great community. I believe that it is Forsyth County’s people, businesses, schools and location that combine to make the county the unique place it


is, and that these


factors contribute to the county’s ongoing successes and progress. Forsyth County


continues to be a place that people want to call home, evidenced by the number of building permits issued for new residential units in unincorporated Forsyth County continuing an upward trend in each of the past three years.


The county’s tax rates continue to be among the lowest in the metro Atlanta area, making Forsyth County not only a desirable location, but also an


affordable one.


Compared to those paid by residents of many neighboring counties, Forsyth County’s taxes are a hundred dollars to a thousand dollars less per year on homes of the same value. Those low taxes fund an array of very high quality county programs, public safety services and schools. I believe that in Forsyth County, you truly get an exceptional value for your tax dollar.


Financially, the county remains strong. In fact, Forsyth County is one of only three counties in the state with a triple-A bond rating from Moody’s Investment Services. This exceptionally high rating enables the county to bond important transportation, water


and sewer and


public safety infrastructure improvements and projects


at very low rates. We are continually to


working residents


with


provide the


our high


quality services they have come to expect from Forsyth County government, and to effectively plan and build for the future.


In the area of public


safety, new Fire Station 7 was opened last year and the county is slated to open new Fire Station 4 this fall. In the area of recreation, we opened new recreation centers at both Fowler Park and Old Atlanta Park in February. And four new green space passive use parks were opened this summer – Caney Creek Preserve, Haw Creek Park, Chattahoochee Pointe and Old Atlanta Park. These parks are unlike anything previously offered in the county,


and are a great example of how the natural


beauty of Forsyth County is being preserved for future generations to enjoy. Progress


on the expansion of the county’s Water


continues Treatment


Plant, completion of which is slated for later this year. The expansion will further enhance the quality of


finished water, boost


efficiency and provide the capability to treat an additional 12 million gallons of water daily. We are working diligently and making strides toward a new courthouse and a jail expansion, thanks to voter approval of SPLOST VII. These are two critical infrastructure projects for our county’s future. Thank you to the voters for your approval of the continuation of


the SPLOST penny


sales tax to fund these key projects.


All that has been Jim Boff


accomplished the


progress


and that


all is of still


on the horizon reflect the community’s commitment to enhancing and preserving this amazing county we are fortunate to call home. On behalf of the entire


Forsyth County government, thank you for the opportunity to serve you.


STATE OF FORSYTH COUNTY


10 ANSWER BOOK™ | 2012 Edition | Appen Newspapers, Inc.


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