Finding value in the County’s budget
* Daylong interactive workshop on County's FY19 budget
* June 15, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Cabarrus County Government Center, Concord
* Free. Registration required by June 12.
When Cabarrus County presented its proposed FY19 budget on May 21, residents learned that to balance services with growth, the County would require an additional 2 cents in property tax. For owners of a $160,000 home—the median assessed home value in Cabarrus County—the proposed increase of 2 cents equals an additional $32 a year.
The announcement of the first tax increase in seven years prompted conversations on social media related to needs, priorities, consolidation and alternative funding sources. These topics are exactly what the County wants to discuss with residents at Government 101—FY19 Budget Breakdown. The free workshop takes place on Friday, June 15, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Government Center (65 Church Street, Concord).
"For 20 consecutive years, Cabarrus County has earned recognition for excellence in budgeting,” said County Manager Mike Downs. “We use responsible and conservative practices, including improving efficiencies, streamlining processes, leveraging partnerships and limiting program expansion. We want the public to take a deep dive into the County’s budgeting process in order to understand how their tax dollars are allocated.”
This is the third year the County will host Budget Breakdown, which uses presentations and demonstrations to illustrate details of the upcoming budget. In addition to an increased level of knowledge about the budget, past participants reported enjoying interactions with County leaders, having their questions answered and participating in discussions with commissioners before their final vote.
The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget and consider its adoption at the June 18 meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the chambers of the Government Center. The Board must adopt a final budget by June 30, and the new budget year begins July 1.
“Budget Breakdown is one of our most successful transparency efforts,” Downs said. “A full day devoted to educating residents about the specifics of an upcoming budget is unique to Cabarrus County. People come back year after year because the class has value. And that goes both ways—we value the time residents invest in the program and their opinions.”
The Government 101 series is open to any Cabarrus County resident, age 18 and older. Class size is limited. Registration is required and lunch is provided.
For more information or to register for Government 101: FY19 Budget Breakdown, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-920-2336. For more information on the County’s budget process, visit www.cabarruscounty.us/budget.