$83M County Budget proposes a 2¢ tax rate increase

County Manager Steve Garrison refers to his notes during proposed balanced budget presentation.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — County Manager Steve Garrison made his budget presentation to the RC Commissioners Monday night. Fiscal year 2017-2018 proposed a budget total of $83,115,468 for the county. In order for the proposed budget to balance, the county tax rate would be raised 2¢ to 62.7¢ per $100 of assessed property value. Also, the county will appropriate $1 Million from fund balance. As Garrison noted “there has been no adjustment for inflation, no tax rate adjustment in 10 years, and the last re-evaluation was conducted in 2002.”

The budget, while attempting to meet critical needs of the departments and organizations it serves, falls well short of requested school funding and capital needs. There will be no new staff positions, reclassification of jobs, or any rainy day reserve. If all the requests had been funded it would have been a 21.6¢ increase per $100 of assessed property value.

Most affected will be the Rutherford County Schools RCS). Due to legislative changes in funding, class size mandates, unmet funding needs for Exceptional Children, RCS will only receive $13.9 Million of its requested $20.3 Million.

ICC received $2,273,407 out of its requested $2,359,256.
The only non-profit funded was the backpack program.

While county employees, long without any wage adjustments, will receive a 1 percent cost of living adjustment COLA).

The budget message and detail presentations are below.

Budget Message FY17-18 FINAL with Signature
Budget Message FY17-18 FINAL with Signature

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