Tax Rate Holds Steady: County OKs $59.2 Million Budget

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 18, 2011

By Mike Barnhardt
Enterprise Record

Water rates are going up, but the tax rate will remain the same.
Fresh from hearing a report from an efficiency study, county commissioners on a 4-1 vote last week approved a $59.2 million budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
The budget includes funding at last year’s levels for school operations and two new deputies for the sheriff’s department. Positions were cut from building inspections and the register of deeds.
“I appreciate our departments, county manager and deputy county manager on the job they have done,” said county board chair, Mark Jones. “This has been the most open process ever. We’ve tried to be as transparent to the people of Davie County as we can possibly be.”
Schools were fully funded, teacher supplements are back on the table, Jones said.
Richard Poindexter, who cast the only vote against the budget, said the economy from the local to the national level isn’t recovering as expected …