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Our Statement of Philosophy

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Catawba County government provides necessary services to its citizens with honesty and professionalism at reasonable costs. Although the range of services is diverse, the following principles guide our efforts:

  • Provide the least intrusive government that serves the best interest of all citizens.

  • View elected and appointed officials as policymakers, and staff as implementors of policy.

  • Encourage citizen participation in government and promote public trust and accountability.

  • Administer a government that is competent and responsive to citizens' needs while understanding its obligation to taxpayers.

  • Adhere to the community's strong work ethic, promoting high productivity with reasonable workloads.

  • Foster an economic, social and physical environment that allows individual and corporate citizens to realize their potential.

  • Encourage and recognize creativity, innovation, and teamwork among County employees.

  • Encourage administrative decision-making at the point of service.

  • Administer county government with compassion and fairness.