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A BIRD’S EYE VIEW

FISCAL YEAR 2013 ANNUAL REPORT


Dear Citizens, Glynn County – it continues to be a point of pride to call this gorgeous place home! As I reflect on the last year of accomplishments and opportunities that we have faced as a community, I am reminded why Glynn County is so special. It is a place where people care. Families care to live where they have opportunity and their children can grow, businesses care to set up shop in a place where their efforts can flourish and visitors care to return year after year to experience all of the wonderful resources we have to offer. In the next pages, you will see highlights of our endeavors during the last fiscal year. We have maintained a high quality of services to our citizens, even as we have worked to cut expenditures. Glynn County is a great place to be; for a day or for a lifetime. On behalf of the county’s elected officials, I thank you for the pleasure of serving you. Sincerely,

Mary Hunt

Mary Hunt

2013 Chairman

OUR VISION

Glynn County will be the nation’s premier, uniquely diverse, most desirable ecofriendly coastal community. We, with our partners, will focus on developing, enhancing, protecting, and promoting:

Economic Development and International Trade

Recreation and Active Lifestyles

Attractive Gateways and Corridors

Leading Edge Government

21st Century Education

Integrated Transportation Network

Natural Resources and Ecotourism

Heritage and History

Health and Wellness

OUR MISSION “Make Glynn County the premier place to live and work in the southeastern United States through the provision of quality services to the citizens, and a safe, harmonious work environment for our employees”.


GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS The Board of County Commissioners is composed of seven members elected by the voters for

staggered four-year terms. Five members represent specific districts and two members serve at-large. The Chairman is chosen by the Board on a yearly basis. The Board, as the county’s governing authority, is responsible for establishing policy for county operations, enacting ordinances and resolutions to promote the county’s health, safety, and welfare, and approving the annual budget which funds the operations of the constitutional officers’ as well as the departments under the Board’s jurisdiction.

The County Commission meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse, 701 G Street in Brunswick.

The Board appoints the County Administrator, County Attorney, and Chief of Police. The County

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Administrator hires the department directors for the departments under the Board’s jurisdiction. Those departments include Administration, Community Development, Public Works, Recreation & Parks Department, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Finance.

At-Large Post 1 Population 79,626 Area 585.192 sq. mi.

At-Large Post 2 Population 79,626 Area 585.192 sq. mi.


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INSIDE Through the guidance of elected officials and the expertise of staff, Glynn County has been able to successfully weather the economic changes of the last several years. Fiscal responsibility is our goal in daily operations and planning for the future.

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A united front, our Police, Fire/Emergency Medical Services and Glynn-Brunswick 911 Dispatch work to protect and serve around the clock.

The Board of Commissioners has a goal to make our County a premier coastal community.

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PUBLIC SAFETY

QUALITY OF LIFE

Improving the training and resources available to do this important job are a priority for Glynn County.

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Our last year of growth continues to make Glynn a desirable place to live.

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The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is a penny tax previously approved by the voters of Glynn County. In FY 2013, the County completed projects that improved the safety & welfare of both citizens & visitors.

SPLOST Page 7 STRATEGIC PLAN

QUALITY OF LIFE Page 8 PAGE 9

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

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PUBLIC SAFETY

The Glynn County Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division provide fire protection, rescue operations and hazardous materials response to all areas of Glynn County located outside of the City of Brunswick and Jekyll Island. Services are provided county wide through the use of 8 fire stations and 7 advanced life support ambulances.

Glynn County Police responded to a total of 54,937 calls from July 2012 to June 2013. 25,862 of these calls were dispatched by the Brunswick-Glynn E-911 Center. Officers made 18,682 traffic stops and issued 17,185 citations for items related to County ordinance violations, moving traffic violations, non-moving traffic violations and traffic/state code warnings.

Responding to an average of 11,000 calls a year our Fire/ EMS personnel undergo a combined total of 64,343 training hours.

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Total value of property to which Glynn County Fire Department responded

20.06%

10,787

value lost

= 10,000 calls

= 10,000 Training Hours

Value Responded

$14,867,655

Value Saved $11,884,695 Value Lost $2,982,960

79.94% V alue saved

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FINANCE

General Fund Where the money came from

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Investment Income $114,021 Fines & Forfeitures $1,662,906 Charges for Services $4,185,603 Intergovernmental $1,335,909 License & Permits $836,139

3% 8%

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12%

Other Taxes $6,242,561

Other $913,950 Transfers In $2,797,494 Property Taxes $21,732,985

$52,216,208

24%

Sales Taxes $12,394,638

FY 2013 Total Revenue

How the money was spent

1%

Debt Services $587,676

5% Housing & Development $2,448,507

Transfers Out $767,094

19%

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General Government $9,482,381

12%

Judiciary $6,016,574.

5% Culture & Recreation $2,568,552 1%

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Health & Welfare $723,620

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Public Works $5,998,771

$50,828,800

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Public Safety $22,235,615

FY 2013 Total Expenditures

General Fund-Fund Balance

General Fund Expenditures History

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FINANCE HOW ARE TAX DOLLARS USED LOCALLY?

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schools and education

county operations

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Mid-July

fire

64.82% 22.49%

property tax timeline

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city of brunswick

Homestead Exemption Due Assessment Notices Mailed

Tax Bill Mailed

November 15

Taxes Due

June Through December

Appeal Season

fair market value x 40% assessment level

county jekyll

capital projects 1.94%

GLYNN COUNTY WELLNESS CENTER

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assessed value

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assessed value x millage rate

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total taxes

capital projects

city of brunswick 4.02%

Assessment Appeals Due

September 15

county, jekyll .60%

fire 6.13%

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property tax calculator *the above is meant to serve as an example property tax calculation.

The Glynn County Wellness Center opened to serve County employees and their dependents in January 2013. In the first six months the County has shown a total cost savings in excess of $100,000, mostly related to lab and pharmacy purchasing at wholesale rates. Savings related to improvements in health and wellness are expected to become manifest as the program matures and patients’ health improves, especially in the second and subsequent years.

In Partnership With


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SPLOST

SPLOST

SPLOST 4 PROJECTS

SPLOST 5 PROJECTS

88%

94%

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6%

12%

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The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, also known as SPLOST, is a penny tax placed on items purchased by residents or by visitors to our county. Glynn County voters have passed the referendum that allows the local government to raise funds for projects which would otherwise be funded by property taxes. In FY13 spending totaled $18.7 million toward the completion of approved projects.

Total Fiscal Year 2013 Spending

$ 18,700,000 splost 4

splost 4

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New Office Facility - Mallery Park

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splost 4

Road Striping & Resurfacing

Special Purpose Local Option Sales tax

splost 4

splost 4

splost 5

splost 5

2 additional

drainage

road

new basketball

drainage basin

ada accessible

purchased four

new drainage

tennis courts

infrastructure

improvements

court

study

restrooms

emergency

projects across

saint simons

improvements

saint simons

saint simons

saint simons

squad vehicles

entire county

brunswick epworth park

$79,940

fairway oaks

$480,576

spur 25

$177,010

kings park

$49,093

highway 17

$35,200

epworth park

$164,500

glynn county

$354,530*

glynn county

$340,629

hyperlink to website splost page: http://glynncounty.org/index.aspx?nid=1121 $384,425 glynn county

$514,000 mallery park

access road

new office

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facility

public works

miles paved

37.85

compound

splost 5

23.34

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miles striped

*additional funding for emergency squad vehicles came from the capital projects fund.


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QUALITY OF LIFE

QUALITY OF LIFE

Part of the appeal of the Golden Isles are our wonderful opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Recreation & Parks Department continues to focus on adding to the Quality of Life of Glynn County residents and visitors. This commitment to Quality of Life manifests in various forms that include park safety & facility improvements, maintenance of existing facilities and the addition of new projects that help us all enjoy the scenic beauty of Glynn County. Have an idea you wold like to share? Contact us at glynnrec@glynncounty-ga.gov we always welcome your comments. Through community partnership, Glynn County was able to make upgrades to the marina located at Blythe Island Regional Park. Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Honeywell contributed funding to the $614,440 total that was needed to build a new marina at the park. The Coastal Resources Sportfish Boating Access Grant was awarded to the project in the amount of $150,000. Honeywell donated $150,000 from its trust fund to support this community initiative. The marina can now accommodate boats up to 10,000 pounds with it’s boat lift, making it a much desired entry point to access the South Brunswick River.

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cycling trails

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52 parks

41

beach access points

170

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North Glynn Recreation Complex eight court lighted tennis complex.

NEW CONSTRUCTION

44

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walking trails

A New Marina for Blythe Island Regional Park! Upgrade included a new boat lift!

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multi-purpose trails

North Glynn Recreation Complex also upgraded its facilities with the addition of a new restroom and basketball court.


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GET INVOLVED

OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED: County Commission meets the 1st and 3rd thursday of each month with public meetings held in the historic courthouse at

6:00 p.m.

A Commission Work Session is held on the 3rd

tuesday of each month and is open to the public.

We post important notices and keep the public updated on initiatives frequently on our social media pages

Facebook! /glynn-county-board-of-commissioners Twitter! @sharing_glynn Looking for Information? Visit the Glynn County website at www.glynncounty.org.

GET INVOLVED :)

GET THE MOBILE APP Glynn County citizens now have the capability to submit non-emergency service requests via their Smart Phone using the free Citizen Request App. Submit your service request or report a problem with Glynn County’s new Mobile Citizen Service Request App, available on iPhone and Android Devices. This is part of our ongoing effort to engage citizens in Glynn County. http://www.glynncounty.org/app

Use the Mobile Service Request App to: • • • • • • •

Take a picture of your issue and send it to us. Show the issue location with the smartphone’s built-in GPS, Pinpoint the location with the drag-and-drop map marker. Select from list of issues — no typing required. View your submitted requests and get their status. View other requests in the area. Stay up-to-date with issue status updates.

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COMMUNITY

PARTNERSHIPS

A Vision for Glynn County In 2011, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners began working on a Vision for all of Glynn. What began as a Vision Statement soon turned into community wide goals that the Commission envisioned all organizations in Glynn County aspiring to achieve. The Board of Commissioners worked with a committee of local leaders to elaborate on the vision statement and craft objectives in nine key areas. The resulting work became what is now the Glynn County Strategic Plan.

Attractive Gateways & Corridors

Looking Ahead

Economic Development & International Trade

21st Century Education Systems

STRATEGIC PLAN

plan

In fiscal year 2013, local leaders determined that the first area of focus for the Strategic Plan would be the Gateway corridor of Highway 17 in Glynn County and the City of Brunswick. Graduate students in Urban Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design collaborated with the local government and citizens of Glynn County and the City of Brunswick to conduct research and develop design proposals for the Gateway corridor. The goal of this collaboration was to improve the corridor’s appearance and functionality and to enhance cultural and environmental assets. After gaining input from local governments and community leaders, the Masters level students presented their proposals at a well attended public meeting on May 30, 2013.

Heritage & History

Leading Edge Government

egic pla rat n t s

Recreation & Active Lifestyles

Integrated Transportation Network

strategic

Howard Coffin Park Every ten years, the City of Brunswick and Glynn County negotiate the terms of how dividends of the Local Option Sales Tax funds will be distributed. Upon renegotiation of the terms of L.O.S.T. both entities entered and intergovernmental agreement that have Glynn County government assuming the operational responsibilities at Howard Coffin Park. In January 2013, Glynn County Recreation and Parks Department transition into its role of operating the administrative office building with gymnasium, pool complex, program space, athletic fields, soccer field, tennis courts and playground at Howard Coffin Park. Since that time County personnel has continued the City’s existing track program with 114 athletes participating. Over 5,000 swimmers were admitted for public swim and over 80 children participated in the swimming lessons. The community has embraced the upgraded ball fields and facilities which is apparent in the 11 ball field rentals, 13 building rentals and 39 pavilion rentals that were recorded in a six month period.

Natural Resources & Ecotourism

Health & Wellness


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ANNUAL REPORT 1725 Reynolds Street

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Glynn County Annual Report FY 2013. Graphics, Layout and Design by Danny J Johnson.

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