Today, we will sign Clark County's budget order -- #83. I have told you weekly of our progress in my weekly email, so it will come as no surprise to you that we are 6 months ahead of where we were last year! The 83rd budget order was issued on September 9, 2009. We will issue #87 by the end of March! This is quite a feat - one that was accomplished through the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the process - local and state officials. Kudos to each of you! Taxpayers in the vast majority of counties will receive on-time tax bills for the first time in several years. Mission accomplished. I wanted to fly a fighter jet onto the deck of the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to show my appreciation to each of you for accomplishing our mission, but I don't know how to fly -- I was a JAG in the Air Force, not a pilot.
In addition to restoring the property assessment-to-tax billing cycle, the Department has built a reputation of excellence throughout the State - both in the accomplishments we have made and the customer service we provide. We have truly lived up to the Core Values I set for the Department when I was appointed in December 2008: Taxpayer First. Respect for Local Control. Excellence in All We Do.
Knowing this, I have decided it is time for me to move on, and I have resigned to seek other opportunities in the private sector. My resignation is effective today.
I have truly appreciated being a part of this Team, and wish each of you all the best. I will miss the friends I have made and will never forget what we accomplished together as a Team - local and state together. Mission accomplished.
To paraphrase Bing Crosby's character, Father O'Malley, from the film "The Bells of St. Mary's", if any of you ever need anything, just dial "O" for O'Malley.