Jackson County Executive
State of the County Address
November 13, 2008 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders presented a balanced budget during his State of the County Address Thursday, November 13 at the Jackson County Courthouse. Sanders cited a total of nearly $12 million dollars (about 14.5%) having been cut from the budgets during the last three budget cycles (2007 – 2009).
Despite the nation’s difficult economic times the County is presenting a balanced budget for 2009, “Jackson County, like most, has not been spared from the economic struggles that have swept across our nation. We have, in less than 23 months in office and three straight budget cycles, 2007, 2008, and 2009 struggled to balance our budget with annually declining revenues and inversely increasing expenditures,” Sanders said.
“We went to work to balance the County’s budget, to present a budget that was balanced without quick fixes, but by hard work, by critically examining every program and department within the County, measuring their performance and demanding more from ourselves with less,” he said.
Sanders reflected upon the achievements and challenges of 2008 and announced some changes in the year to come.
Sanders also recognized Sheriff Tom Phillips and his 30 years of service to Jackson County as he nears retirement and announced Alvin Brooks as the Chairman of the newly appointed Drug Commission.
The speech can be seen in it entirety on the Jackson County Web site at: http://jacksonco.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=34
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