Troup County is growing by leaps and bounds. The board of commissioners, through the course of their leadership and guidance, has helped bring about some incredible projects and have made great strides towards the future. The next election cycle is quickly approaching and as such, many candidates are getting a jumpstart on their campaigns. This past Thursday afternoon, January 25th, current Troup County Commission Chairman Patrick Crews announced his intentions to seek re-election for another four-year term. The following is a statement from Crews on the progress he has made over the course of his first term and his intentions for the future: “It has been my honor over the past three years to serve the citizens of Troup County as Chairman of the Troup County Board of Commissioners. Together, we have made progress on the issues facing the county, but much work remains. That is why today, I am announcing my intent to seek re-election to serve another four-year term.
During the 2014 campaign, I made several campaign pledges that, during my tenure, we have achieved positive results towards.
Increasing economic opportunities for all citizens was and is very important to Troup County. During my tenure, we have experienced an unprecedented period of economic development with the announcement of new industry projects with Great Wolf Lodge and Sentury Tire. Existing industries including Duracell, Jindal Films, and Interface have launched new expansion projects and retail businesses. Hobby Lobby, Dunham Sports, and several restaurants have opened new locations.
Growth and expansion of this volume does not occur without cooperation between local city governments, the Chamber of Commerce, and Development Authorities. As the chairman of your county government, I, along with the county commissioners, have worked hard to foster and enhance a great working relationship with all of the stakeholders charged with moving our county forward.
Fiscal responsibility is critical to the success of Troup County. I pledged if elected to hold property taxes stable and I am proud that during my term, there has been no increase in the county tax rate. When faced with the challenge of providing fair and competitive compensation for our county employees, the Board of Commissioners worked together to find the funds necessary to retain our outstanding employees while also accommodating the needs of those employees affected by the closing of the Correctional Institute. Make no mistake, the Board of Commissioners values the dedication of all our first responders and other employees.
With proceeds from the 2011 SPLOST and the assistance of our County engineering department, Troup County has worked to improve the essential infrastructure needed to keep our county growing. Bridges have been replaced, roads have been resurfaced and re-striped, and we have new roads in the process of being constructed throughout the county. Approval of the 2017 SPLOST ensures that our county will have the additional funding required to continue the capital projects that will benefit all citizens of the county.
The recent SPLOST has several projects I would like to see completed in my next term. These projects are important to the unincorporated areas of the county and include the proposed Agricultural Center, the multipurpose building at Pyne Road Park and continued progress on The Thread.
Troup County is the envy of communities large and small around the state of Georgia. This is a time of robust economic growth that requires exemplary leadership and collaboration among our community leaders. I am committed to working with everyone for the good of Troup County. Thank you for allowing me to serve this great community for the past three years and I ask for your support as I seek another term as Chairman of the Troup County Commission.”