The Yadkin County Board of Commissioners passed the 2015-16 fiscal year budget at a hearing held last Tuesday. County Manager Lisa Hughes addressed the board with the details of the budget. The county property tax rate is to remain the same at 66 cents per $100 of valuation.
The budget amount is $36,438,273.00, a 4.26-percent increase over last fiscal year’s adopted budget. In order to balance the new budget, $2,187,134 will be appropriated from the Fund Balance.
Hughes also said that property tax revenue is expected to decrease slightly, due in part to the foreclosures that have been done and the Tag & Tax Together implementation in which the tax bill on a vehicle is not levied until the bill is issued. Sales tax revenue is expected to increase about nine percent.
This new budget gives a one-percent increase for the Yadkin County Public School System. No increase in funds was given for Surry Community College.
It also was noted during the meeting that the new Agricultural and Educational Building at the Yadkin Center Campus of Surry Community College is expected to be open by spring of 2016 and additional maintenance costs will be associated with that project.
The new budget also includes an average 1.5-percent Performance Pay Plan salary increase for employees, which will be based upon job performance. A 36-percent increase for the county’s self-insured medical insurance plan is also part of the new budget, plus a $500 HRA contribution per full-time employee.
Two new full-time positions including a custodian/maintenance position in public buildings and a real estate appraiser for the tax office are in the 2015-16 budget.
The Elections budget also includes an increase of $78,685 as it needed additional funds because four Primaries/Elections are expected to be held in fiscal year 2015-16.
The Parks & Recreations budget also includes an increase of $176,025 to help with costs for the Yadkin Memorial Park. The county has applied for a Phase II PARTF Grant for the Yadkin Memorial Park. The grant, if awarded to the county, will require matching funds. Those matching funds of $260,610 are included in the recommended budget.
Several speakers did comment during the public hearing portion of the meeting, including Boonville resident Luis Garcia. Garcia spoke on behalf of some of the migrant and minority community members and asked why the sheriff received $4,905,393 last year and the Health and Human Services Agency only received $1,509,943.