A newly released 2012 Performance Report
holds some of the answers to that question.
At a 3 p.m. Budget/Public Policy Workshop on April 9, 2013, Performance and Evaluation Manager Monica Allen presented the annual report to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. The report is available online.
"In 2010 and 2011 the County took significant cuts to programs and services so 2012 was a time for rebuilding for us," Allen said. She is with the County's Office of Management and Budget, a branch of the County Manager's Office. OMB staff compiled the information and created the report with help from Business Support Services Agency Public Information. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Graphic Production Center handled design and layout.
The Board's vision for the community is made up of long-term goals reflected in the Community and Corporate Scorecard. The Performance Report shows progress toward those goals in four Focus Areas:
- Community Health and Safety
- Sustainable Community
- Social, Education and Economic Opportunity
- Effective and Efficient Government
"Rebuilding is the theme of this year's Performance Report because it reflects how Mecklenburg County government and our community have responded to the impact of the Great Recession," County Manager Harry Jones said in his Report message.
"Despite the obstacles we have overcome and the challenges that we may encounter, the Fiscal Year 2012 Performance Report reveals a strong foundation from which we can achieve the Board's vision of being a community of pride and choice to live, work and recreate," Jones said.
This year's design is a more streamlined approach to presenting the information, Allen said. Instead of news feature articles, the focus is on highlights of a few measures and things that have ocurred over the last fiscal year. Some of that information, for example the air quality measure, provides a link to more information for the reader. In this case, a link to the County's Land Use and Environmental Services Agency's State of the Environment Report is highlighted.
The County published its first Performance Report in FY 2004, Allen said.