Proposed Granville budget keeps property tax level
OXFORD — The proposed 2014-2015 budget Granville County Manager Mike Felts presented to the Board of Commissioners on Monday evening would maintain property taxes at the current rate of 83 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
Felts said the rate would remain stable in spite of increasing costs of operations.
Expenditures in the general fund would be covered by increased revenue from property taxes due to higher projected assessed property values and by increased sales tax revenues. Reductions in anticipated revenue from licenses and fees, intergovernmental revenues and investment earnings required an appropriated fund balance of $1.68 million to balance the budget.
The proposed general fund budget would total $54.1 million, 5.1 percent less than the final 2013-2014 budget.
In his budget message, Felts said, “The county will continue to provide critical services to those in need and do so at the proposed tax rate unless actions by the state or federal governments force changes that are beyond its control.”
Felts said the county department heads and Finance Director Steve McNally and his staff did an outstanding job assisting with the development of the budget.
Two work sessions are scheduled for Monday and Thursday next week. Both sessions will be held at the Granville County Expo & Convention Center and will begin at 6 p.m. A public hearing on the budget will be held on May 19 in conjunction with the commissioners’ regular meeting at the Expo Center.
In other business, the commissioners held a public hearing to hear the views of the public on the location of a new facility to accommodate a manufacturer of environmental equipment. The company will invest approximately $500,000 and potentially employ 15 new employees. The maximum cost of county-funded improvements would be $7,500, which the commissioners voted to approve. The cost will be offset by new tax revenues generated by the company’s capital investment over a period of five years.
Deborah Ferrell, director of volunteer services with Central Regional Hospital in Butner, presented two 2014 Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service during the board’s meeting. Nancy Pifer was recognized for her years of service, which include four years for Granville County Teen Court, 13 years for Granville County Schools, 12 years for Grassy Creek Baptist Church and two years as a member of the Greenways Advisory Committee.
Eason and Friendly City Civitans received an award for 32 years of volunteer service for the Murdoch Developmental Center. The board of commissioners presented a plaque to each recipient.
Teresa Baker, recycling coordinator, presented a report on the progress of recycling in Granville County. She reported that savings and earnings from recycling for 2012-2013 totaled $58,162. Granville County has gone from 67th to 28th in the state in the total recycling per capita recovery.
In other business:
• The Rev. John Gooch updated the board on work of the Granville County Human Relations Commission.
• The commissioners approved a proclamation to celebrate the centennial of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
• The board appointed Robert Blackwell Jr. to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.
• The commissioners appointed Felts as second alternate to the Upper Neuse River Basin Association.
The board went into closed session to discuss attorney-client matters, economic development and land acquisition.
When the commissioners returned to open session, they adjourned.
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