Mayor McAdams says ‘state of the county is strong’ during address

Posted at 7:22 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 21:23:22-05

SALT LAKE CITY - During his annual State of the County address Tuesday, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said 2015 was a good year.

"The state of the county is strong," McAdams affirmed.

McAdams mentioned some of the county's successes in 2015 including economic growth, and project accomplishments.

"Salt Lake County is leading the way forward on jobs and economic growth, public safety, physical discipline and responsive government," McAdams said.

Near the top of his accomplishments list, the mayor spoke of a new 911 dispatch system that could save money and lives.

"In the past, there's call transfers that were lost and call transfers that were dropped," McAdams said. "Dispatchers would take seconds, sometimes minutes to transfer calls when responding to emergencies. This will allow them to communicate seamlessly, and that will save lives."

However, McAdams said there is still work to do.  Noting that the county roads are in unfavorable status, and the funding is $5 million below what it needs to be to make the improvements.

To keep track of funding and project status, McAdams said the county is launching a new online tool called Salt Lake Metro Stat,  An online tool he says anyone with Internet access can check out online.

"This will be a fantastic tool to keep government accountable to be transparent and we can know whether our investments are working or not," the mayor said