Guilford County Manager Mike Halford wanted to play a game called “Green Dot, Yellow Dot” with the Guilford County commissioners.
However, the commissioners told the manager they didn’t want to play. So Halford had to take his collection of green dot stickers and yellow dot stickers and go home.
Hopefully, he’ll be able to use them if someone in his family has an art project or something.
Halford brought the circular green and yellow stickers to a Thursday, Feb. 23 work session of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, which was being held to discuss budget priorities.
Halford also brought a big list of possible priorities for the commissioners to weigh in on during the game – which never got played, but apparently consisted of the following: Commissioners would each get some green dots and yellow dots and then place them on a list of potential county priorities for the coming budget, with the green ones on the most important items for each commissioner.
That way Halford and his staff would get to see the commissioners’ collective priorities.
Several commissioners pointed out that they had already done something similar by email.
Almost all the commissioners in the room voiced one type of objection or another.
Commissioner Frankie Jones, for instance, pointed out that the nine commissioners all had a different concept of “priority.”
“We’re working with nine different definitions of what it means to be a priority and I think before we do anything we have to get a line on that,” Jones said.
Another objection was that the commissioners needed more input from department directors before determining priorities for the fiscal 2023-2024 budget.
Commissioner Carlvena Foster had other objections as well.
“This exercise with the dots was not going to be effective like it was in the beginning, because right now it seems just a little – I hate to say elementary – but it is elementary and redundant,” she said.
Commissioner Pat Tillman said he needed “a little more direction” on things like where the county’s focus would have the most effect if the commissioners chose that item as a priority.
Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston told his fellow commissioners that the manager certainly does need some direction on the upcoming budget, but he told Halford that clearly his Green Dot, Yellow Dot exercise wasn’t going to happen on that day.