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Commissioners Approve FY2019 Budget

Jun 05, 2018

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2019 annual budget June 4. The budget maintains the property tax rate at 79.9 cents per $100 valuation. Each one cent on the tax rate is projected to generate $2.27 million in real, personal and motor vehicle taxes.

The balanced budget includes approximately $478 million in total expenditures across all funds, with a General Fund total of $316 million, which is approximately $7 million, or 2.17 percent, less than the FY2018 adopted budget. The decrease can be attributed in large part to the implementation of child care subsidies being paid directly from the state and no longer through county budgets.

The budget includes funding for a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for County employees, estimated at $2.8 million, as well as $30,000 for a Human Resources recruitment and retention study.

Funding for Cumberland County Schools totals $79,463,109, and an additional $398,937 is budgeted for seven school health nurses. Fayetteville Technical Community College will receive $11,735,900 for current expense funding.

In addition to the seven school health nurses, the budget includes 11 new full-time and 2 part-time positions in the General Fund and abolishes one full-time Animal Control administrative support specialist position.  The new positions are:

  • 2 full-time and 2 part-time shelter attendants, plus a full-time veterinarian at Animal Control
  • A business data analyst for the Business Intelligence key performance indicator and dashboard program
  • 2 telecommunicator positions in Emergency Services for Animal Control dispatch
  • 1 new house arrest specialist in Pre-trial Release
  • 1 Youth Diversion/Juvenile Crime Prevention Program Coordinator in the Youth Diversion Program
  • An attorney, paralegal and administrative assistant for the Department of Social Services

The budget also includes $1.2 million for 27 new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office, Department of Social Services, Animal Control, Engineering and Infrastructure, Pretrial Release and Tax Administration.

“We thought we had a pretty solid budget and in the spirit of cooperation, we were able to come together and approve it unanimously,” said Chairman Larry Lancaster. “Our tax payers are not going to see a rate increase and our employees are going to see that they are valued and recognized.”