Learn more about the FY17 budget process
June 23, 2016 — At its June 20 meeting, the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on and unanimously (5-0) adopted the FY17 budget. The balanced budget includes a General Fund Budget of $233,376,260. The grand total of all funds within the FY17 budget, including the General Fund, Cabarrus Arena and Events Center Fund, Landfill Fund, 911 Emergency Telephone Fund and Health Insurance Fund is $248 million.
The Board of Commissioners adopted an ad valorem tax rate of $0.70, the same rate as first adopted with the FY13 budget and reapproved for each year since.
Following a public hearing, the Board also approved proposed increases to the Odell, Northeast Cabarrus and Midland volunteer fire districts’ fire taxes of $0.01, $0.02 and $0.016, respectively. All other County fire tax districts will remain at their current rates.
“This has been a lengthy and good process. We’ve very thoroughly discussed a lot of information,” said Steve Morris, Chair of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners. “Along the way, we made a few adjustments, including more funding for school counselors and school mental health professionals. Thanks to the staff and my fellow commissioners for your engagement in the process.”
Highlights of the FY17 budget include:
- Targeted staffing and funds toward the five areas of focus identified as important by the Board of Commissioners:
a. Planning, growth and economic development
b. Communications and public education
c. Programs, funding and services, while providing excellent customer service
d. Public safety
e. Transportation and mobility
- Net new positions—32
- More than $7 million in funding toward new debt service for construction of Mount Pleasant Middle, Kannapolis Middle and Royal Oaks Elementary schools.
- Funding to cover increased school current expenses in the amount of $4.8 million. Of that, the Board dedicated $1 million toward reoccurring building and grounds maintenance, which will make substantial strides against Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City school districts’ differed maintenance lists. The remainder will support funding raises, increasing supplements, providing additional retirement funds, increased funding for health insurance costs, etc. for certified and non-certified school employees of both school districts.
- Adding two additional inspectors and additional hours that bring a part-time position to full time within the Construction Standards department to manage increased service requests.
- Phase II of changes to staffing and operational hours for the Emergency Medical Services department to address the increases in call volume. These changes include moving from the current 24-hour shift to a 12-hour shift.
- Additional employees within Human Services to address the increase in applicant volume.
- Cost-of-living adjustment of 0.5% and the opportunity for merit salary increases of up to 2.5% for County employees.
Through budget work sessions, the Board of Commissioners identified specific changes they wanted incorporated in the budget, including:
- A new Manpower Unit within the Emergency Management Department that will come to the County in January of 2017 at a cost of $259,216 for initial equipment expenses and six months of operation. The unit adds four paid fire fighter positions to the County, the first paid fire fighter positions in County history, to support and supplement local volunteer fire districts when they are most vulnerable.
- Cabarrus County Schools received an increase of $37,800 and Kannapolis City Schools received $5,400 to add one month of employment to high school counselors (making them 11-month employees).
- Cabarrus County Schools received $480,000 for mental health responder positions. As a result, Kannapolis City Schools received an additional $19,314 through the County’s statutory obligation to fund both school districts at equal proportions.
- The County dedicated $15,000 to include a new public safety facility at Concord High into a larger study for a countywide public safety training facility.
- A five-year funding structure to Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), the organization that assumed ownership of Lomax Farms from the County in 2014, for Lomax operations.
To view details of the FY17 Budget and video of the FY17 budget public hearing and vote, please visit the Hot Topics section of the website, http://bit.ly/CabCoFY17BudgetInfo