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Shallotte passes budget

By Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

 

SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have adopted a revenue-neutral budget with a 35-cent tax rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The average decrease in property values in Shallotte was approximately 23.7 percent and 29 percent for all of Brunswick County.


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Ocean Isle Beach approves budget

By Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The 2011-2012 fiscal year budget has officially been approved in Ocean Isle Beach.

During a meeting Tuesday morning that lasted less than 10 minutes, commissioners approved the budget with a less-than-revenue-neutral tax rate of 13 cents per $100 of property valuation.


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Governor vetoes GOP budget; lawmakers poised to override veto

By Caroline Curran, Reporter

RALEIGH—It looks as if N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of GOP lawmakers’ budget may be short-lived.

On Sunday, the first-term Democrat governor vetoed the GOP-led budget. But Republicans were quick to announce they had the numbers to override Perdue’s veto.

In her veto announcement, Perdue accused the legislature of “turning its back on our schools, our children, our longstanding investments in education and our future economic prospects.”


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Commissioners schedule final budget workshop

By Caroline Curran, Reporter

BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have scheduled one final budget workshop before adopting the fiscal year 2011-2012 operating budget.

The workshop was scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Brunswick County Commissioners Chambers at the county complex in Bolivia.

Commissioners are expected to adopt the $190 million operating budget at their next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 20.

The 2011-2012 fiscal year begins July 1.


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ABCPOA president urges commissioners to pay back fund balance

Few speak out about proposed $190 million budget

By Caroline Curran, Reporter

BOLIVIA—With 190 million reasons to speak up during Monday’s public hearing on the county’s upcoming fiscal year’s budget, only one person spoke during the public hearing.

Bill Bittenbender, president of the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners’ Association (ABCPOA), said the alliance had two areas of concern with the proposed $190 million operating budget.


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Deputy tax collector position won’t be funded in 2011 budget

By Caroline Curran, Reporter

BOLIVIA—While there are no across-the-board cuts or proposed furlough days in the proposed 2011 county budget, one commissioner- appointed position won’t be included in the budget.

In addition to cutting 16 vacant positions, commissioners won’t fund the position of deputy tax collector in the upcoming fiscal year’s $190 million operating budget.

Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said the position, currently held by Heather Hardee-Bath, was the only commissioner-appointed position that won’t be funded next year.


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Recommends revenue-neutral 44.25-cent tax rate

County manager unveils $190 million operating budget

By Caroline Curran, Reporter

 

Total proposed operating budget: $190 million

Proposed tax rate: 44.25 cents per $100 of property valuation (revenue neutral)

General fund budget: $146 million, which includes $31.9 million for Brunswick County Schools

Enterprise fund: $19.2 million for water fund; $19.5 million for wastewater fund

Next budget workshop: 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25

Budget public hearing: 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 6

 

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Redistricting talks heat up in Raleigh, home districts

House adopts budget, moves on to Senate

By Caroline Curran, Reporter

RALEIGH—After 11 hours of floor debate and 45 amendments, members of the state House of Representatives last week passed a historic state budget.

The budget now goes to the Senate for approval.

State Rep. Frank Iler, an Oak Island Republican, said the final House vote was 72 votes to 47 votes to approve the $19.2 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Senators are expected to consider the budget in time to have it on N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s desk by June 1, one month before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.


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County manager to unveil proposed county budget May 16

By Caroline Curran, Reporter

BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing will unveil his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year to county commissioners at their May 16 meeting.

Though county commissioners first charged Lawing with creating a budget using a less than revenue-neutral tax rate, they changed their mind at a recent budget workshop and asked him to use a revenue-neutral tax rate when crafting the fiscal year 2011-2012 budget.


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Shallotte tackles 2011-2012 budget

By Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

The detailed process of going line item by line item to balance a budget for the town has begun. Shallotte aldermen met last Wednesday to begin the process.

The first budgets analyzed by the board were for the governing body and administration.

Maria Gaither, finance director, led the board through a line-by-line expenditure report comparing requested funds to last year’s budget.

“I am very impressed with the department heads so far and the cuts they have made,” Gaither said.


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