Highlights of the FY2014 budget workshops

May 31, 2103 -- The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners held budget workshops on May 28, 29 and 30. At the sessions, the Board of Commissioners discussed details of the proposed budget with management and outside agencies funded within the County budget.
County Manager Mike Downs originally presented the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 at the Board of Commissioners' May 20 meeting. 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.

At the May 28 workshop, the Board received an overview of the General Operation Budget and the Capital Improvement Plan. The Department of Social Services and Sheriff’s Office presented their annual budget requests.

On May 29, the Board received presentations from representatives of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Kannapolis City Schools and Cabarrus County Schools.

On May 30, the Board concluded the series of workshops with presentations from organizations supported by the County budget, including the Cabarrus Arts Council, Economic Development Commission, local fire districts and the Cabarrus Health Alliance. The Board also heard from and approved the budget of the Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau/Tourism Authority, which receives its funding entirely from occupancy taxes.

Each day, the workshops concluded with general discussion on budget topics.

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.
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