Long-time Oakland County, Mich., Executive L. Brooks Patterson — recovering from an August car accident in which he was seriously injured — said the triple-A county is starting to rebound from the Great Recession.

Patterson said the county will see a 1% increase in property values this year after six straight years of decline. He touted private investment stemming from several economic development projects, and said the county’s prized three-year budgeting process shows a balanced budget through 2015, “and we’re tinkering with 2016.”

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