Jeffery Turner, Chairman of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners at Clayton County’s Annual State of the County Address Wednesday in 2016. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Clayton State of County address set for Thursday

Clayton County will host its annual State of the County address on Thursday at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

Commission Chairman Jeff Turner will give an overview of how the county performed last year and what’s ahead for this year. The 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. event is the fourth in a series of county addresses hosted by the Council on Quality Growth.

“We’ve got a strong county with a strong economy,” Turner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday. He noted that the county’s reserves increased from $47 million to $55 million last year and that the county is wrapping up projects financed by money collected from the Special Local Option Sales Taxes in 2004 and 2009.

Going forward, Turner said there is deep concern over the county’s potential of losing millions of dollars if the federal government goes forth with plans that would stop money collected from jet fuel taxes at airports around the country from going to local governments. If that happens, Clayton and its school district would wind up losing about $16 million, Turner said.

Fulton, Gwinnett and Cherokee counties have already had similar presentations. Rockdale and DeKalb counties will have their State of the County address March 9 and March 30 respectively. Cobb and North Fulton County will have similar programs called Opportunity Outlook in August and September respectively.

Cost is $45 for CQG members and Clayton Chamber of Commerce members and $65 for non-members. On-site registration will be available at the same price as non-membership. Lunch will be served at the presentation.

The Georgia International Convention Center is at 2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta 30337. For details, call 770 813-3370. Register here.

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