County Mayor Boasts of Community Growth, Low Taxes, and Low Unemployment

Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis gave his yearly State of the County address Thursday at the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland. 

One of the year's triumphs, as per Davis, was that the net position of the area surpassed its liabilities by $44 million. 

“Our long-term debt increased by $11 million,” he said. “We did pay down our debt. We pay down our debt every year and this year we paid it down $4,744,000.”

He noticed the schools acquired $16.2 million for their vitality sparing remodels which will be paid back in extensive part by the reserve funds in vitality costs. 

“Eighty-four percent of the county’s debt is for schools,” Davis said, adding the new $16.5 million debt for the new Lake Forest classroom facility and for education “is a good investment.”

Davis said the improvement of Spring Branch Industrial Park "is going admirably" as the new trade on APD 40 has now been finished. 

“You grow your community. You grow your values. And you pay for things as opposed to a 28-percent tax increase like some people like to brag about,” Davis said.

The chairman said the estimation of region property has ascended, instead of some neighboring provinces. 

“You grow your community. You grow your values. And you pay for things as opposed to a 28-percent tax increase like some people like to brag about,” Davis said.

The region has likewise experienced record low joblessness, which is presently drifting at 3 percent. 

“There are 388 metropolitan areas in the nation and ours is ranked eighth in job growth,” Davis said. “We are to the point where people like Amazon are begging. If somebody doesn’t have a job, I’m sorry, there are jobs out there.”

The leader said the district likewise keeps on keeping up the most astounding bond rating conceivable. 

“On fire service, we now have eight paid fire stations across the county,” Davis noted. “There is now a paid battalion coming no matter where you live. No other county can say that.”

The chairman likewise discussed Wacker and how that unique $5 million venture by the region, which was paid off in two years, is having any kind of effect in the neighborhood economy. 

“Even after the explosion, no one has lost their job and everyone is still going to work,” he said. “There are 650 well-paid employees up there and it will be 700 once their expansion is finished. So, Wacker remains a very good project.”

Davis reported the new workhouse at the Justice Center is “working out to be self-supporting.”

“That project, I think, was well worth it,” he said.

The chairman likewise said these achievements have been made with an expense rate that is lower than it was the point at which he took office two decades prior. 

Davis additionally talked about the repairs and vitality remodels to the Bradley County Courthouse, and reviewed how that Saturday morning began and got enormous giggles as he portrayed the amusing side of the circumstance. 

“I went to the grocery store, I check my phone and leave it in the truck,” he recalled. “When I come out it’s all lit up with lots of text messages, so I knew what the problem was.”

Davis said when he EMA executive enlightened him regarding the fire, he inquired as to whether the fire division was on the scene and was let it know was. 

“I asked, ‘What do you expect me to do when I get there?’” he said, getting laughs from the audience. “In the meantime, media is reporting the courthouse is on fire and we can’t reach the county mayor. And, this is nine months before an election. But, I got there and stood in the street for four hours, like everybody else.”

Davis praised the chose authorities who had courts running by that Monday, and satellite areas set up a couple of days after the fact. 

"At last, the nationals were dealt with," he said. 

Davis said there was no less than one recognition issue. 

“When someone starts passing anonymous letters in your building, and there are cameras all over the building and they deny doing it, then they say maybe they did it but didn’t write it, and it’s implying that you somehow wanted this fire so you could get glory in the news media,” he said. “I promise you after being there all these years, this was one glory I never wanted.”

“This same person went on Facebook and gave a dissertation of how we wouldn’t have these problems if the mayor had done his job and kept the courthouse from burning,” Davis added. “Well, for 20 years it didn’t burn,” he said, to laughter.

He investigated that between the repairs and the vitality reserve funds changes, it will be the primary significant remodel for the 56-year-old building. 

“If the heating and air units arrive on time, they should be installed by March and we should be back in the building by April,” Davis said.



CountyErik McNair