Brunswick County Board of Commissioners hold first public hearing for recommended FY22 budget during regular meeting this Monday, June 7
The Board will consider adopting the recommended budget Monday, June 21
BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will meet for the next regular meeting this Monday, June 7 at 3 p.m., which will include the first public hearing for the Fiscal Year 2022 recommended budget, capital improvement plan and schedule of fees.
The recommended FY22 budget includes no ad valorem (property) tax rate change from the current $48.50 cents. The FY22 budget proposal for all funds totals $291,541,119, which represents an increase of 9.8% over the budget adopted June 17, 2020. The FY21 budget factored in the reduction of some key revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The FY22 recommended budget includes:
- Scale adjustment for all employee salaries and market adjustments for employees recognized for performance
- Increase of 3.1% per the funding agreement with Brunswick County Schools for the operating budget resulting from growth in ad valorem taxes
- Increase of 3.7% to Brunswick Community College to support existing programs and $350,000 for the Foundation Grant providing tuition assistance
- Increase of 6.5% to Brunswick Senior Resources for program support for five district senior centers
- Continue the County’s commitment of $200,000 per year to the reserve for shoreline protection
- New positions within Social Services (two), Central Communications (two), Code Administration (four), Emergency Medical Services (four), Information Technology (two), Custodial Services (one), Library (one), and Utilities (six)
- Continued funding for technology/computer software support and increased cybersecurity
- Provide employees training, resources, and equipment to facilitate high service levels to residents
The budget includes recommended changes to various general fund fees for fire fee committee and municipal fire, Solid Waste, Health Services, and Environmental Health. The budget also includes recommended changes to the County’s retail, irrigation, industrial, and wholesale water rates, which would go into effect Jan. 1, 2022, if approved.
The FY22 recommended budget allows for maintenance of the County’s strong financial position and supports modest growth in spending due in part to the substantial growth the county is experiencing. The budget assumes a stable economy over the next year generating increased revenues to cover increased operational costs. It is anticipated the growth will sustain at or near current levels or perhaps slightly decline depending on how well the national economy does.
An overview of the recommended FY22 budget as presented to the Board is available online.
FY22 recommended budget process timeline:
- The second public hearing for the recommended FY22 budget is scheduled to take place during the next regular meetings on Monday, June 21 at 6 p.m.
- The Board will consider adoption of the recommended budget and recommended rate and fee changes during the June 21 meeting following the public hearing
The commissioners chambers are on the first floor of the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia (28422).
View an online and PDF version of the full agenda and accompanying reports at brunswickcountync.gov/agendas
Below are a few selected items from the agenda that the Board of Commissioners will discuss and take possible action on during the regular meeting.
VI. Public Hearing
- Administration – Public Hearing to Receive Comments on the FY 2021-2022 Brunswick County Budget, Fees, and Capital Improvement Plan: Request that the Board of Commissioners hold a public hearing on the County Manager’s FY 2021-2022 Recommended Budget, Proposed Fees and Five Year Capital Improvement Plan.
VII. Board Appointments
- Health and Human Services Advisory Board – Nurse Position: Request the Board of Commissioners consider appointing Cynthia Carver to the Health and Human Services Advisory Board – Nurse Position for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2021, and expiring June 30, 2024.
- Zoning Board of Adjustments – District 4: Request that the Board of Commissioners reappoint Clayton Rivenbark to the Zoning Board of Adjustments, representing District 4, for a 3-year term expiring June 30, 2024.
VIII. Other Business/Informal Discussion
- Governing Body – NACo Voting Delegate: Request that the Board of Commissioners appoint a voting delegate to represent Brunswick County at the 2021 NACo Annual Business Meeting on July 12, 2021.
- Governing Body – NCACC Voting Delegate: Request that the Board of Commissioners designate a voting delegate and an alternate to represent Brunswick County at the NCACC Annual Conference for the General Business Session on Aug. 14, 2021.
Each regular meeting has a public comment period when anyone can address the commissioners with questions or concerns about county business. Sign in before the meeting starts inside the commissioners’ chambers to ensure the county clerk has your information. The sign-up period opens an hour before the meeting begins.
Additionally, some meetings have public hearings for specific issues. The public hearings are similar to a public comment period but pertain to one topic. Individuals wishing to speak during a public hearing should sign up before the meeting starts on the form at the door dedicated to public hearings. This form is separate from the form used to sign up for public comments at the beginning of the meeting.
Speakers wishing to distribute any related documents, printed comments or materials to the commissioners should deliver at least eight copies to the county clerk at least fifteen minutes before the meeting starts.
More information about Board of Commissioners meetings and public comment policies is at brunswickcountync.gov/board-commissioners
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