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Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Pittsboro, NC - After two earlier public hearings, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners made minor adjustments to the budget proposed by the County Manager’s Office at their meeting on June 17. The changes did not impact the property tax rate, which will remain at 62.19 cents.
The revisions added just $11,399 to the budget, which is offset by needed adjustments in estimated revenues. The adjusted revenues also allow the county to reduce by nearly $50,000 the fund balance appropriation needed to cover budget expenses.
“We did not make many changes because we felt that the budget proposed by the County Manager’s Office reflected our desire to hold the line on property taxes while helping the county make notable progress on identified board priorities,” said Commission Chairman Walter Petty.
Petty added, “I am pleased that we could continue making progress toward obtaining a AAA bond rating, while supporting the needs of our public schools. We also continued overall funding for nonprofits at the same level as previous years, which helps support many critical services in our communities.”
The only budget increase approved by commissioners will allow the county to hire four new 911 Center telecommunicators several months earlier than had been budgeted. The 911 Center has seen major increases in call volume over the past four years.
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