County Commissioners Approve New Budget
After a sometimes fractious debate on proposed amendments, the Moore County Board of Commissioners on Monday night adopted a 2011-12 budget that is reduced by more than $100,000 but retains the existing property tax rate of 46.5 cents.
The vote was not unanimous. Commissioner Tim Lea, who voted against several of the amendments, cast the dissenting vote.
However, the three-hour meeting ended on a more cordial note with the commissioners praising County Manager Cary McSwain and his staff for the work that went into the budget, especially in another year of economic slump.
When it was time to vote on the budget, Lea took a moment to thank Chairman Nick Picerno for allowing such broad discussion of budget issues in spite of their differences.
The adopted budget reduces the General Fund to less than $85 million. Removed from the budget was a budget director position requested by the manager, a line item of $72,000. Other cuts affected Veterans Service and the Department of Social Services.
Among the additions in the governing body line item was a raise promised to the clerk to the board. Board members said the raise for Laura Williams was part of the agreement made when she was appointed clerk.
In other business, the commissioners heard a presentation by the League of Women Voters on redistricting issues. The board also took a look at maps showing possible new boundaries for the five districts in which the commissioners reside. Plans are being made to discuss the issue in more detail at a future work session.
The board also adopted a project ordinance for the Vass wastewater treatment improvement.
More details will appear in the print version of The Pilot.
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