Cabarrus' proposed FY14 budget balances growth with service

​May 20, 2013 — At the May 20 Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners meeting, County Manager Mike Downs presented the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014. The balanced budget includes a recommended General Fund Budget of $212,940,116. To fund this budget as proposed will require the Board of Commissioners to adopt an ad valorem tax rate of 70 cents, the same rate as the amended FY13 budget. Due to economic growth, the County predicts maintaining the same tax rate will yield a 2.55 percent increase in revenues for FY14.

The proposed FY14 budget maintains existing levels of spending in most departments and allows for growth in areas with increased service demands. Across the County, the proposal nets 28 positions, most of which address public safety and service needs within law enforcement and human services. The proposed budget also funds capital projects to meet growth needs of Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City school systems, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

For the first time since FY11, the budget proposal includes a 1.5 percent Cost-of-Living increase for County employees and reinstatement of the Board’s merit pay system for exemplary job performance, last approved in FY09.

“At the core of this budget is a balance of needs with modest adjustments to operations,” said Downs. “We carefully weighed how streamlining process in certain areas and adding resources in others would help us meet the current and future needs of Cabarrus County residents. The proposed budget will move Cabarrus forward.”

County staff began preparing for the budget in November 2012 by reviewing the relevancy, effectiveness and efficiency of County programs and services. Their work included research, evaluation and consideration of changes in staffing levels; consolidation of departments, programs and/or services; and privatization of services—some of which are included in the proposed budget. One such change is the establishment of the Department of Human Services, which consolidates DSS, transportation and aging services, effective July 1.

The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners will hold special budget work sessions on May 28, 29 and 30 from 4-7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church Street SE, Concord.) At the sessions, the Board of Commissioners will have the opportunity to discuss details of the proposed budget with management and outside agencies funded within the County budget. The Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget and consider its adoption at its June 17 meeting in the meeting chambers of the Government Center.

View the proposed FY14 Cabarrus County Budget.