La Plata County entered 2012 with strength and optimism and on solid financial ground, Bobby Lieb, chairman for the county commission, said Tuesday during the annual State of the County address.
To be sure, La Plata County has been impacted by the ongoing national and state fiscal turmoil, Lieb said. But due to our preparation and pre-planning, we have been able to weather the storm well through a combination of healthy reserves, conservative budgeting and an organizational commitment to becoming a leaner and more efficient organization.
The address comes after three years of work to reduce the county budget and workforce amid an economic downturn lasting longer than experts predicted.
But Lieb said after issuing the address that he finally sees hope in the year ahead.
I feel really good about 2012, he said. I think we have the economic hangover from 2011 under control.
The year wont be a boom year, Lieb added, but it could bring with it the road to recovery.
Hotter said 2012 for her is a new year filled with new opportunities for the county.
In the address, Lieb said the a major focus for the county this year will continue to be facilities planning. The address highlighted ongoing plans for a multi-events center, hopes for bringing in a federal court and a recently approved purchase of the Vectra Bank property on East Second Avenue for additional office space.
And though the conclusion of a two-year process to develop and adopt a new comprehensive plan failed in 2011, Lieb said the information gleaned from the process and research for that proposed plan will continue to serve as a valuable resource for elected officials and the community.
The address further pointed to improving revenue trends for the county and touted the countys strong financial reserves.
Our community is resilient, innovative and committed to success, Lieb said. So is La Plata County government.