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ResearchCorner ACCG Needs Your Participation in the Burruss Budget Survey C By Michele NeSmith Research and Policy Development Director Upon the completion and analysis of the survey results, the Burruss Institute will create a report that will detail how counties have responded to the current recession. ou nt y gover n ment f i na nc e s have been a hot topic the past year at the state and local levels. As the state was grappling with ways to trim the FY 2010 budget during the 2009 Legislature, questions were posed regarding what measures counties were taking to weather the current fiscal crisis. Speculation was the current recession had not been felt as keenly at the local level as it had at the state level and that a number of counties had large reservoirs of unreserved funds to see them through the hard times. Although Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) has periodically requested information on how counties were cutting services and costs to make ends meet, there has been no comprehensive study on the county response. Therefore, when the Burruss Institute asked ACCG to participate in a survey regarding the county response to the current fiscal crisis, we were eager to comply, to demonstrate how counties were attempting to survive this economic downturn. Aviation Services Design-Build-Operate Drinking Water Facilities & Geotechnical Engineering Information Management Program Management Wastewater Water Resources 5 A Atlanta, Georgia 404 720-1400 ® ® 4 38 GEORGIA 407321_Camp.indd 1 COUNTY GOVERNMENT 11/16/08 10:50:52 AM Valdosta, Georgia 229 259-9501 For the last 20 years, the Burruss Inst itute, a div ision of Kennesaw State University, has maintained a dedicated, professional staff and faculty. It is well-known and respected for creating and maintaining large, high-quality data sets, and providing a wide range of technical assistance over a broad spectrum of policy areas, to nonprofit organizations and governmental entities. Its participation in this survey will ensure that the data collected is correct and that the finished report will be unbiased. The survey’s purpose is to inform the state on how local governments are responding to the current economic downturn and to allow sharing of information among local governments on strategies and methods that are being used to weather this storm. Upon the completion and analysis of the survey results, the Burruss Institute will create a report that will detail how counties have responded to the current recession. The Institute will provide assistance to those counties that need additional help in answering the questions. Further, the Institute will continue contacting counties until it receives a substantial sample in order to provide an accurate overview of how counties are responding to this fiscal crisis. The survey is scheduled to launch in September 2009. In order for it to be a success, we need as many counties as possible to participate. The quest ions have been rev iewed by both Burruss Institute employees and ACCG staff members to ensure they are both clear to the reader and relevant to the subject matter at hand. We encourage you to participate in this survey, and look forward to reviewing the results for your county. If you have any questions about the upcoming sur vey, please contact Michele NeSmith at or at 404-522-5022. ■

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - August 2009

Georgia County Government - August 2009
President’s Message
County Matters
Morgan and Newton Counties Bank High Quality of Life on Sustainable Growth
Georgia’s Unique Approach to Public Safety Training
Extension News: The Face of Poverty
Research Corner: ACCG Needs Your Participation in Burruss Budget Survey
Staff News
County Parade
ACCG Teams with Technology Provider, Dell
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - August 2009