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2012 EDITION The City of Milton: Quality is no accident

The City of Milton, incorporated Dec. 1, 2006, was recognized in 2011 as having the highest quality of life in the state of Georgia and ninth-highest in the southern United States by the Business Journals’ “On Numbers” survey.

The reason why Milton gained this distinction is no secret. Simply take a drive through the city’s peaceful, rolling pastures (located just minutes from bustling commercial corridors) or historic downtown Crabapple and

you’ll soon realize Milton’s magic simply can’t be found in any other city in the metro area. But it isn’t just spectacular views (we’ve got those) or top-ranked schools (we’ve got those) or a variety of housing options that makes Milton a jewel. It’s our people. Our people make Milton a distinctive community that embraces small-town life and heritage while preserving and enhancing the city’s rural character. And it’s more than just words – Milton’s residents work hard on


efforts like the Historic Preservation Commission, Wildlife Habitat Committee,

Milton Grows Green,

Better Together: Real Communities - Milton Mini-Grants Initiative and Milton Disability Awareness Committee to build an inclusive, verdant and thriving community.

They’re joined, of course, by elected officials, appointed volunteers and staff working every day to provide Milton programs, services and protection. It is only through their combined effort that the city can provide opportunity and value in a responsive and responsible environment through active partnerships with the community and its stakeholders. In the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan, a citizen- and staff-created document that helps guide all budgeting decisions, Milton laid out its core values. More

than just words on a page, these are the principles by which the city’s government conducts itself every day. They are: • Innovation: We proactively explore

new modes and

models of conducting public service and utilize, among other avenues, partnerships with local governments, schools and community groups, all while remaining committed to providing cutting-edge, budget-conscious solutions to community needs.

• Quality: We take the time and effort to produce results that reflect and perpetuate the community’s pride in Milton’s natural beauty and standard of living in all aspects of local government, from staff’s daily interactions with residents, to large-scale building projects, to long-range planning and policy decisions.

• Integrity: We conduct all business according to the most stringent ethical standards, manifesting the public’s need for honest, open representation and service.

• Transparency: We are motivated by the desire to improve the lives of residents and, in order to promote participation by the citizens and accountability

in our actions, committed to maintaining a visible and predictable environment.

• Respect: We conduct each citizen and staff encounter with esteem for the sense of worth or excellence deserving of the individual in order to build better communication and stronger relationships.

• Fiscal Responsibility: We maintain a balanced budget that exhibits a continuing commitment to accurately and ethically generating revenue, maximizing resources and monitoring spending.

• Professional Development: We place the needs, welfare and well-being of our employees in the highest regard because we recognize people are our most precious and vital resource. At the City of Milton, we live by these concepts. Every road project, every parks program, every public safety interaction is carried out with these ideals in mind. From the city manager to citizen responders, everyone agrees that building the best community in the state, nation and world is our ultimate goal.


So at the City of Milton, our excellence

is no fluke,

our quality no happy accident. It’s an endeavor embarked upon every morning. Why not come by City Hall some time and see us in action?

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