County Budget Unveiled
A 2010-11 General Fund budget recommended by County Manager Cary McSwain is almost 5 percent lower than this year’s budget and contains no hike in the tax rate.
McSwain presented the budget during the Monday meeting of the Moore County Board of Commissioners. The board officially accepted the budget but will not adopt the document until the June 7 meeting, following a series of budget work sessions.
The budget recommendation reduces the public schools budget by 3 percent to $25.5 million for current expenses and $711,932 for capital outlay. It cuts the Sandhills Community College budget by 3 percent to $4 million.
No raises are proposed for county employees, and McSwain recommends elimination of funding for seven vacant positions in several departments. He also recommends reduction of four other positions but does not specify which jobs.
The commissioners are expected to adjust the budget in a series of work sessions, first of which is scheduled Thursday at 5 p.m. They will hold the budget hearing during the regular May 17 meeting.
McSwain and his budget team were praised and thanked for their hard work.
“It’s not a fun process. It’s tough,” said Chairman Tim Lea.
In other business the board voted 4-1 to remove the government center from the contract bidding process underway for a detention center/public safety complex planned for a 21-acre tract adjacent to the county jail in downtown Carthage. Lea cast the dissenting vote.
The board also appointed Laura Williams as clerk, succeeding Megan Owrey Garner, who resigned in order to accept the grant writing position with the Department of Public Works.
Details will appear in the print version of The Pilot.
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