For reasons obvious to most taxpayers, a fiscally strong government is important to the future of our community. Fiscal strength means that we are in a better position to continue and in some cases expand investments in things critical to our citizens’ quality of life and future economic prosperity — such as education, crime fighting, parks, infrastructure and economic development. One key feature of a strong government is its ability to deliver value to the taxpayer, with value defined as quality services for the best price. Delivering that value means that government leaders consistently focus on how to be better, faster and more cost effective.
All men and women should have a voice in decision-making, either directly or through legitimate intermediate institutions that represent their interests. Such broad participation is built on freedom of association and speech, as well as capacities to participate constructively.
Rule of law
Legal frameworks should be fair and enforced impartially, particularly the laws on human rights.
Transparency is built on the free flow of information. Processes, institutions and information are directly accessible to those concerned with them, and enough information is provided to understand and monitor them.
Institutions and processes try to serve all stakeholders.
Good governance mediates differing interests to reach a broad consensus on what is in the best interests of the group and,. where possible, on policies and procedures.
Equity (Quality of Life)
All men and women have opportunities to improve or maintain their well-being.
Effectiveness and efficiency
Processes and institutions produce results that meet needs while making the best use of resources.
Decision-makers in government, the private sector and civil society organizations are accountable to the public, as well as to institutional stakeholders. This accountability differs depending on the organizations and whether the decision is internal or external to an organization.
Leaders and the public have a broad and long-term perspective on good governance and human development, along with a sense of what is needed for such development. There is also an understanding of the historical, cultural and social complexities in which that perspective is grounded.
- Transparent county government that is open and residents are engaged
- Financial resources to support defined services and service levels
County operations practicing green sustainable concepts and principles
- Improve coordination and resource efficiency among local governments in Jefferson County
- High level of cooperation among governmental entities within the county
- Financially sound with resources consistent with policy and best practices
- Closer working relationship between Jefferson County and the Municipalities
- Develop an effective performance system and use to enhance service delivery
Results for the Public:
- Responsive county services and programs
- Value for their dollars and fees
- Customer-friendly services by county employees
- Easy, convenient access to county services and information
- Transparent county government with opportunities for engagement
- County using best practices – a leading county in Alabama and the nation