Updated 05/23/2012 08:01 PM
Brooks Delivers State of the County Address
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In what could be her final state of the county address, Brooks called Monroe County a "community poised for greatness." Brooks says not only has the county gained back all of the jobs it lost during the recent recession, it's now adding them.
Brooks says the work of the county's Industrial Development Agency, COMIDA, helped draw more than 130 new employers relocate here by offering incentives. Brooks says that means $800 million in new investment and 18,000 new jobs. She said the area of precision manufacturing has been booming with the help a county-run financial assistance program launched in 2010.
But Brooks says there are tough economic times ahead, and facing $686 million in state mandates, holding the line taxes and spending will be tough, but Brooks says it must be done.
"To once again fulfill Monroe County’s flat tax promise, we will continue to reign in spending in 2012. We will continue to overcome structural budget challenges in vital programs that serve an important role that have grown past the role of sustainability. We will continue to do more with less and we will not spend money that we do not have. For the coming year, with a strict set of cost controls and the continued streamline of county services, non mandated spending is virtually flat,” said Brooks, (R).
Brooks also called for the passage of local legislation that makes cyber bulling a crime. Those who use an electronic device to harass or threaten someone under 18 would face a $1,000 fine and or a year in jail.