Behind the numbers

June 2 program gives residents an all-access pass to the County’s budget

 
May 25, 2017 – One of the top goals of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners is transparency. To support that goal, the County’s budget office will hold a Government 101 session on Friday, June 2, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Cabarrus County Government Center, 65 Church Street SE.
 
The course, FY18 Budget Breakdown, walks residents through the nuances of the upcoming budget. Residents are placed in the center of the budget process and get the opportunity to share their comments with commissioners before the Board of Commissioners votes on the final budget.
 
The free class uses interactive presentations and Gov 101 300.jpgdemonstrations to pull down barriers that can discourage residents from learning how the County spends their tax dollars.
 
“Every budget is unique. The County constantly evaluates how we can stretch dollars further to make a bigger impact or reduce the amount borrowed for capital projects,” said Kasia Thompson, communications and outreach manager for Cabarrus County. “Gov 101 takes residents through this process and empowers them with information on the distribution of tax dollars.”

This year, participants will learn about local needs associated with growth, and the impact of changes in Federal and State budgets. County Manager Mike Downs will also brief the group on what’s happening on the state and local level to address school capital needs.
 
Thompson encourages local business professionals, community organization representatives, neighborhood leaders and residents to register.
 
The County Government 101 series is open to any Cabarrus County resident, age 18 and older. The class size is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required and lunch is provided.
 
At the May 15 Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners meeting, County Manager Downs presented the proposed budget for FY18.
 
The balanced budget includes a recommended General Operating Budget of $246,620,485 — a 3.83% decrease in spending from the FY17 revised budget. 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 first adopted for the FY13 budget and reapproved for each year since.
 
The Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget and consider its adoption at its June 19 meeting in the meeting chambers of the Government Center at 6:30 p.m. The Board must adopt a final budget by June 30.
 
For more information or to register for Government 101: FY18 Budget Breakdown, click here, email outreach@cabarruscounty.us or call 704-920-2336. For more information on the County’s FY18 budget process, visit http://bit.ly/CabCoBudgetFY18