††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† )†††††††††† ††††† ††††† †††STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES†††††††††††††††† )†††††††††† †††††† †††† †††DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† )†††††††††† †††††† †††† †††FEBRUARY 1, 2003



The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met for a Planning Retreat in the Council

Chambers of the Administrative Building, located in Danbury, North Carolina, on Saturday, February 1, 2003, at 8:30 am

with the following members present:


Chairman Sandy McHugh

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Vice-Chairman John Turpin

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Commissioner Howard Mabe

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Commissioner Leon Inman

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Commissioner Joe Turpin


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Craig Greer, County Manager

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Darlene Bullins, Clerk to the Board


Chairman McHugh called the Planning Retreat to order.


Commissioner Inman delivered the invocation.




Chairman McHugh invited the citizens in attendance to join the Board with the Pledge of Allegiance.


Chairman McHugh moved to suspend the rules and procedures as adopted by the Board for the Planning Retreat

in order for a more relaxed atmosphere.


Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.




County Manager Craig Greer presented the Board with a power point presentation illustrating the Countyís demographics

household income, transportation, taxation, etc. along with future needs of the County and graphic information.


Power Point Presentation PDF FormatHTML Format


The Board identified the following needs and prioritized the top five goals for the County:




1.Get churches/non profit more involved in helping needy

2.No tax increase (property tax)

3.Satellite community college

4.Reduce debt services

5.Combine permitting process (one stop shop)

6.New schools

7.Job creation-private section

8.Expand/Exploit tourism

9.Expand garbage services-operating hours

10.Work with private health providers to provide greater healthcare opportunities

11. Improve delinquent tax collections

12. East-West connector

13. Work with DOT on secondary road priority system

14. Grant writing emphasis more focused to target need

15. Tighter restrictions on subdivisions-Impact fees

16. Managed growth residential

17. Impact municipal growth-residential

18.Comprehensive emergency plan-countywide

19. Zero based budgeting (ZBB)

20. Expand Stokes County Water & Sewer Authority services area

21. Keep industrial property available for industrial/community growth

22. Make better use of zoning

23. Tax bill donations-voluntary for selected departments

24. Small business incubator/incentives

25. Better ways to communicate with the citizens

26. Continued website improvements

27. Identify county resources for tourism, commercial

28. Tourism Center

29. Quicker more efficient inspections

30. Reduced/more efficient use of county facilities

31. Urgent care available to all citizens

32. Motor fleet management

33. Establish tourism board

34. County buy local

35. Employee input opportunities

36. Increase Fund Balance

37. Funding capital improvement program CIP

38. Improve the planning processes-long range planning

39. Employees - COLA

40. Rent 3rd floor.

41. EOC on 3rd floor.

42. Expand Jail





1.No property tax increase

2.Increase fund balance

3.Job creation-private sector

4.ZBB-Zero based budgeting

5.Satellite Community College

5a. Reduce debt service

5b. Improve delinquent tax collections



The Board concluded with views on ways to achieve these goals:


  1. No property tax rate increase

1.Improve delinquent tax collections

2.Privatize County Services

3.Targeted grant writing

4.Faith Based Charities

5.Combine permitting process-One-Stop Shop

6.Look at impact fees

7.Tax Bill Donations-voluntary for departments

8.Reduce/more efficient use of county facilities

9.Employee Input Opportunities

10. Jail expand possibilities

11. Fees


  1. Increase fund balance

1.Same as Goal #1

2.Save a % of Budget


†††††††††††††††† 2004/05-8.50%


  1. Job Creation-Private Sector

1.MacDonald Bldg Leased

2.Enterprise Zones

3.Business incubator

4.Zone to protect business property

5.Satellite community college-job training

6.Tourism-overnight accommodations/winter attraction


  1. ZBB-Zero Based Budgeting

1.Justify each line item.

2.Board of Education include Federal/State funds

3.Seek private options

4.Look @ cost accounting


5a.Satellite Community College

1.Influence state representatives

2.Donít sell prison unit

3.Forsyth Tech Community College needs to be pro-active-Talk to FTCC

4.Have FTCC at BOCC meeting

5.Check with other colleges


††† 5b.Decrease Debt Services†††††††††††

1.      Efficient use of County facilities


††† 5c.Improve Delinquent Tax Collection

1.      Debt Setoff

2.      Other law firms

3.      Rest care facilities

4.      Liens

5.      Privilege licenses




Vice Chairman John Turpin moved to enter into closed session to discuss matters relating to the location or expansion of

industries or other businesses in the area served by the public body pursuant to General Statute 143.318.11.


Commissioner Joe Turpin seconded and the motion carried unanimously.


The Board reconvened to the Planning Retreat.


There being no further business to come before the Board, Commissioner Joe Turpin moved to adjourn the Planning Retreat.


Commissioner Mabe seconded and the motion carried unanimously.



_________________________††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† _____________________________

Darlene Bullins†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††Sandy McHugh

Clerk to the Board†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† Chairman