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Chatham tax hike likely

Posted Wednesday, May 4, 2005

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Property owners could see their tax bills rise an average of 15 percent if the Chatham County commissioners approve the budget County Manager Charlie Horne presented Monday.

The proposed increase would pay for new building projects, add six new sheriff's deputies, and buy new voting equipment, among other things.

Though the county's budget of $54.4 million would increase 14.5 percent to $62.4 million next year, the county property tax rate would go down because of revaluation. Property values in the county have increased an average of 21 percent in the four years since the last revaluation.

Under the current tax rate of 64.64 cents per $100 of assessed value, a homeowner with property valued at $150,000 paid $969.60 in county taxes this year.

Under the proposed 2005-06 budget, the new tax rate would fall to 61.7 cents per $100. If the $150,000 property appreciated by the countywide average of 21 percent, the owner would pay $1,119.86 in county taxes -- an increase of $150.26.

FY 05-06 Recommended Budget

Budget Public Hearings on May 16 at 7 p.m. in the District Courtroom, Pittsboro and at 7 p.m. on May 23 in the Siler City Town Council Chambers

Total Property Valuation: $6.06 Billion
One Penny Generates: $588,098
Tax Rate: 61.7 cents
Total Property Tax Revenue: $36,285,649
General Fund Fund Balance Appropriated: $2,964,652

Build. & Grounds $1,041,554
County Attorney $62,500
County Manager $392,615
Court Facilities $78,964
Finance $545,259
Fleet $121,841
General Serv. $4,204,839
MIS $601,836
Total Admin. $7,049,408
CCCC $785,526
Coop. Ext. $277,428
County Schools $20,911,747
Library $781,177
Recreation $360,687
Total Cult./Education $23,116,565
Elections $700,768
Gov. Board $419,305
Reg. of Deeds $447,279
Tax--Admin $605,838
Tax--Land Rec. $102,713
Tax--Reval. $221,508
Total Gen. Gov't. $2,497,411
Coun. On Aging $1,213,833
FRC $66,951
Health--Admin. $299,861
Health--CHPA $698,329
Health--FOSS $741,875
Health--P&S $393,391
Health--PHC $1,899,657
Human Serv. Agen. $255,453
OPC $533,382
Soc. Serv. $10,821,821
Total Human Serv. $16,924,553
Central Perm. $189,799
Econ. Dev. $170,502
Erosion Control $121,026
Health--Env. $832,317
Inspections $604,744
Pitt/SC CVB $90,197
Planning $348,057
Public Wks Trans. $1,088,098
Soil & Water $196,223
Total Nat. Res. Mgmt. $3,640,963
Court Prog. $494,522
Em. Operations $387,130
EMS $1,458,074
Fire Marshal $281,576
Health--AC $396,896
Jail $886,168
Sheriff $4,368,996
Telecomm. $874,887
Total Public Safety $9,148,249
Total General Fund $62,377,149
Distribution $2,608,742
Waste Wat. Treat. $32,140
Water Treat. $849,558
Total Water Fund $3,490,440
Total Waste Management $2,502,566

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2005-06 Chatham County Budget
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