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Douglas discusses county’s state

Staff Reports

While the official topic on Monday will be the financial state of the county, the underlying theme will be saying goodbye to its chief architect.

County Manager Steve Mokrohisky will give his last overview of how Douglas County is doing before leaving to tackle his new job as Lane County, Ore., administrator.

Monday’s session will kick off the county’s budget cycle, and focus on long-term solutions to community issues.

Officials plan to highlight local businesses with Spotlight Awards for outstanding contributions to the community and partnership with the county.

“Douglas County continues to make great progress implementing solutions to long-term challenges, including strong financial management, regional partnerships and investment in infrastructure,” Mokrohisky said. “We must now focus on revitalizing our main streets and investing in our greatest asset — a high performing workforce.”

In 2012, Douglas County began developing five-year financial forecasts to address long-range financial challenges, rather than short-term fixes. As a result, the county has closed a $3 million annual shortfall in its general fund, through long term contracts with employees, elimination of positions and regional partnerships that stabilize expenses. Douglas County is also the first county in the nation to implement priority based budgeting to continuously improve local services and provide the greatest value to taxpayers. In early 2014, Standard and Poor’s rating agency upgraded Douglas County’s bond rating by two notches to AA.

There are several areas of progress to note, including revitalization of the Minden-Tahoe Airport, construction of a new community and senior center, stabilization of water and sewer rates in the Carson Valley, development of a new vision, regional plan and area plan at Lake Tahoe.

The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Carson Valley Inn, Valley Ballroom. The Financial State of the County will begin at 6 p.m.