Board Retreat Synopsis

(Dobson, N.C.) – The Surry Board of County Commissioners deliberated items that will impact the future of the County at the March 10 Board Planning Retreat.

After receiving an update from Finance Officer Rhonda Nixon about County Government’s financial standing and Tax Administrator Penny Harrison’s staff report on property tax collection efforts and the recent County property tax revaluation, the Board of County Commissioners was prepared to discuss a number of projects.

The Board approved to issue no more than $50 million in limited obligation bonds in FY 21-22 to construct a new jail and the Elkin City Schools project. The Board also voted to allocate $1 million of restricted funds from former Golden LEAF proceeds towards the Elkin project – the funds are restricted to educational or economic development projects.

At the request of the City of Mount Airy, the Board approved no more than a $1.5 million contribution over six years for infrastructure improvements at Spencer’s Mill. If the City of Mount Airy is to receive any outside funding towards these infrastructure improvements, the County’s contribution would be lowered equal to half of the outside contribution(s).

Surry County Economic Development Partnership President Todd Tucker discussed the 3 Ps of economic development efforts: Product, People and Place. Tucker primarily reviewed Product, which are available buildings and sites in Surry County for local expanding businesses and other businesses that would like to relocate to Surry County. Tucker said that while Surry County has a willing and trained workforce, the County needs more Product. He asked the Board to consider efforts to increase available buildings and sites going forward.

The Board discussed options to improve litter pickup in Surry County and approved paying non-profits $7 for every bag of litter picked up. Previously, volunteers received $5 for every bag picked up through the Keep Surry Clean litter program. You must contact the County’s Development Services Department at 336-401-8300 to sign up for this program.  

Other items were discussed that will be covered at future Board meetings and in upcoming press releases.

Date: March 12, 2021