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Why I am running for reelection as your

Board of Commissioners Chair in 2022:

Cherokee County is an absolute treasure and I want to make sure that we preserve all the great things about our county that make it tops in Georgia. I will continue to work tirelessly to maintain our quality of life.

I’ve been a member of your Cherokee County Board of Commissioners for 17 of the last 21 years. During that time, Cherokee has clearly been the best managed county in the state, measured in terms of top-ranked county services at rock-bottom tax rates.

Just 22 years ago, our fire service was mostly volunteer. Today it’s one of the best-rated countywide departments in Georgia. The Sheriff’s Office is “triple-crown” nationally accredited. Our parks and recreation program has come a long way in the last 20 years and was just named best-in-state.

All this with among the very lowest tax rates in Georgia. Cherokee’s property tax rates controlled by the Board of Commissioners are in the lowest 20 percent of Georgia counties. And with our local sales tax rate lower than all but three other counties, we’re literally the second lowest-tax county in Georgia.

We’ve also managed our growth better than other fast-growing counties. Since responsible-growth commissioners gained control of the Board of Commissioners in 2007, we’ve been able to reduce the growth rate by half. It’s been a battle, but except for some state highways, we’ve been able to keep the roads up with the growth. Now the state is working hard on Highway 20, and the county has stepped up to make interim improvements on Highway 140 to keep that state highway functioning until the state can improve it.

And now we’re on the cusp of cooperative relationships with Holly Springs and Woodstock to limit their annexations and allow more effective overall management of the county’s growth and development. We already have cooperative relationships with Canton, Ball Ground, and Waleska.

But the work is never done to keep our county great. It’s a constant and ongoing challenge to manage and control the growth, keep the services and infrastructure up with the growth, keep our taxes among Georgia’s lowest, and maintain the quality of life that makes us all want to live here.

I ask for your vote and support to continue as Chairman of your Board of Commissioners.

Cherokee County Continues to enjoy

excellent Financial Integrity

  • Lowest taxes in the metro area
  • Second lowest taxes in Georgia
  • Second lowest in expenditures
  • Fourth lowest in debt burden

I am sharing the Cherokee Tribune article covering the State of the County presentation held on Wednesday, January 26th for those of you that were not able to attend.  The State of the County is uniquely exceptional, and I am happy to say that we are primed for great things.


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May 24, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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