CONCORD, N.C., June 18, 2013 — At its June 17 meeting, the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners voted (4-1) to adopt a General Fund Budget of $213,461,012. The budget maintains 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.
Cabarrus Commissioners also adopted the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center Fund at $1,515,830; Landfill Fund at $926,000; 911 Emergency Telephone Fund at $755,724 and Health Insurance Fund at $9,385,229. The total Cabarrus County FY14 Budget Ordinance is $226,043,795.
The FY14 General Fund Budget provides nearly $57M in current expense funding to Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City Schools systems, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College; an increase of more than $2.3M over FY13. The additional funds put $1,066,123 toward technology needs, $679,339 toward instructional services to help meet the needs of the growing student enrollment and $138,891 toward a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase for local supplements for Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City schools. The budget also includes $392,421 toward building maintenance for Cabarrus County Schools and $43,575 toward operation and facility costs at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
The County will also provide the school systems and community college with $1.3M for basic capital needs, and an additional $1.5M for the purchase of a school site for Cabarrus County Schools.
The FY14 budget also funds additional hours for school nurses and provides them a health insurance option. Cabarrus Health Alliance will receive an additional $300,000 in one-time stopgap funding and the budget maintains FY13 funding levels for the Cabarrus County Economic Development Commission.
For the first time since FY11, the budget 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. It also adds positions to address public safety, service and building needs.
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 adopted budget. One such change is the establishment of the Department of Human Services, which consolidates DSS, transportation and aging services, effective July 1.
County Manager Mike Downs submitted the proposed budget at the May 20 Board of Commissioners meeting. The Board held special work sessions on May 28, 29 and 30 to discuss details of the proposed budget with management and outside agencies funded within the County budget.
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