I have fond memories as a kid of saving money from my paper route and odd jobs for things my parents would not buy. This meant giving up comic books, sodas and other things I may have had an immediate desire to have in order to reach my goal.

Back in 1982 that goal was to own a black leather jacket and it took months to save the money. I have to admit that I looked cool in that jacket though. Experiences like this one taught me that goals are within our grasp when we work hard and exercise fiscal discipline.

2023 Budget Retreat Meeting

The Mocksville Board of Commissioners will hold their annual budget retreat on Saturday, February 4th from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Davie Community College (1205 S. Salisbury Street, Mocksville). The meeting is open to the public. This will be the Board’s first budget retreat after completing the Strategic Plan in 2022.

Strategic Plan Informs Mocksville’s Future Goals

Having a Strategic Plan with well defined Mission, Vision and Goals is essential for controlled and thoughtful growth in the Town of Mocksville. The weakness of the old budget process is that it focused on one year and tended to make leaders “one year thinkers” instead of visionary planners. Tying the annual budget to a long term vision with goals and actions that transcend the annual budget is the way we will turn dreams of a better future into reality for Mocksville.

The retreat will provide a wealth of information for the Board of Commissioners including current and future economic development trends, revenue projections and recommended capital improvements. The Board will receive updated Objectives, Goals and Actions tied to the Strategic Plan and hear directly from Department Heads regarding needs for FY2023-24.

Staff will also brief the Board on recruitment and retention strategies to attract and keep the best Town employees. The morning presentations will be followed by a hands on tour at MFD Station 22 (335 Sanford Avenue) and Public Works (Behind Station 22).

Public Meetings

  • February 4, 2023: Budget Retreat, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • February 7, 2023: Non-Profit Presentations
  • March 7, 2023: 1st Draft and Department Head Requests
  • April 4, 2023: 2nd Draft and Adjustments & Corrections
  • May 2, 2023: Proposed Budget & Manager’s Message
  • June 6, 2023: Public Hearing / Adoption of Budget Ordinance

The Community Is Invited to Attend

This is only the first public meeting in the FY2023-24 budget process. The budget will be discussed at our regular monthly Board of Commissioner meetings on February 7th (Non-Profit Presentations), March 7th (1st Draft and Department Head Requests), April 4th (2nd Draft and Adjustments & Corrections), May 2nd (Proposed Budget & Manager’s Message) and June 6th (Public Hearing / Adoption of Budget Ordinance). We encourage the public to attend all of these meetings to learn more about what your government does in the community.

I wish you and your families a happy, prosperous and fulfilling 2023.

Kenneth W. Gamble
Town Manager