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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


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


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.


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

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