Friday, April 11, 2008

April 6 to April 12 as National County Government Week in Solano County

Supervisors to proclaim week to recognize the contributions of counties 4/3/2008

On an average day, probably only a small number of folks stop to consider how many times they interact with their local county government. That’s reasonable. Most county services are designed to be transparent to the public in their success.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is set help raise awareness of the role of county government by proclaiming April 6 to April 12 as National County Government Week in Solano County.

“Solano County is proud of the variety of services it provides to the community,” said Supervisor John Silva, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “National County Government Week is a great opportunity for the public to take a closer look at what we do, how we do it, and the people behind the services we provide.”

The National Association of Counties established National County Government Week in 1991 to raise public awareness and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the 3,066 counties across the country.

The following statistics give a glimpse at the services provided each year by the nearly 3,000 Solano County employees:

• 1.9 million visitors to eight County branch libraries

• 587 miles of roads maintained that receive 132 million miles of vehicle traffic each year

• 172,494 documents recorded

• 3,029 pets returned to their owners or found new homes

• 15,344 illegal marijuana plants confiscated

• 34,617 medical clinic visits

• 6,338 people received Master Gardener tips

• 4,732 dental clinic visits

• 64,102 election ballots counted

• 5,928 Maternal and Child Health hotline calls

• 9,404 misdemeanor and 4,198 felony cases filed

• 3,081 off-site inspections at food facilities

• 20,599 average monthly food stamp recipients

• 261,351 visitors to three parks and one open space

• 46,548 subpoenas generated

• 502 vehicles maintained that are driven 4.9 million miles

• 129,603 9-1-1 calls to the County Dispatch Center

• 19,026 average monthly Medi-Cal enrollment

• 105,000 takeoffs and landings at the Nut Tree Airport

• 12,486 average monthly CalWorks cash assistance recipients


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