RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The RC commissioners approved the proposed 2018-2019 budget earlier this month. Chair Bryan King stated that this was one of the most challenging budgets. The county is attempting to overcome a 10-year national economic recession and a twenty-year locally depressed economy.
Other issues considered in the budget process were:
- the employment rates continues to slowly decrease
- RC ranks 74th in average property value ($106,600)
- RC has an average income per capita of $29,142
- fifth highest county with percent of county population without broadband access (96%)
- 30% of RC children live in poverty
- food insecurity rate is 17%
Two key points in the budget are:
- Just over $2 million in General Fund Balance will be allocated to fulfill critical needs.
- Tax rates will remain at 60.70 cents per $100 valuation.
Most county department budgets have remained the same. However, the County Planning Department specified nearly $550,000 in urgent repair in county properties. The Information Technology Department only received half of its requested amount.
The county will be facing another challenging year.