Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approve FY 2023 budget during June 20 meeting

06.23.2022

Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approve FY 2023 budget during June 20 meeting

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners met for its regular meeting this Monday, June 20 at 6 p.m.

During the meeting, the Board moved 4-1 to approve the recommended Fiscal Year 2023 budget ordinance, capital improvement plan, and fees (see details under recap).

The recommended budget includes no ad valorem tax rate change from the current 48.50 cents. The FY 2023 budget proposal for all funds totals $315,303,505 which represents an increase of 8.2% over the budget adopted June 21, 2021.

Learn more about the recommended FY 2023 budget at brunswickcountync.gov/fy23budget.

Below is a quick recap of the actions taken on selected agenda items during the regular meeting. Residents can view an online and PDF version of the full agenda and accompanying reports at brunswickcountync.gov/agendas.

The next regular Board of Commissioners meeting is Monday, July 18 at 6 p.m. The Board moved to schedule this meeting under Other Business/Informal Discussion.

Meeting Recap

VI. Presentation
  1. County Attorney – Opioid Litigation Update: The Board of Commissioners received an update from Attorney Harold Seagle regarding the national opioid litigation, the $26 billion national settlement with the major distributors, the remaining litigation with parties that have not yet settled, and the amount of settlement funds Brunswick County will receive. No action was taken on this agenda item (see next action under Presentation for related item).
  2. Administration – Award of Opioid Settlement Funds: The Board of Commissioners unanimously moved to receive NC Opioid Settlement Funds and approve a budget amendment and grant project ordinance designating the current estimate of $13,609,604 being dispersed between years 2022 and 2038 into a special revenue fund to be used for county eligible projects. Staff will present recommended strategies to use these funds to the Board for consideration at future meetings.
  3. Administration – Endorsement of Golden Leaf Community-Based Grants Initiative (CBGI): The Board of Commissioners unanimously authorized the County Manager to endorse the grant project received from Brunswick County Community College (BCC) for the Golden Leaf Community-Based Grants Initiative (CBGI).
VII. Public Hearing
  1. Administration – Public Hearing for Series 2022A Two-Thirds Bonds: The Board of Commissioners held a public hearing regarding the not to exceed $5,740,000 General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds, Series 2022A of the County of Brunswick, North Carolina. There were no requests to speak. The Board closed the public hearing. No action was taken on this item.
VIII. Administrative Report
  1. Administration – Resolution for the Issuance of $5,740,000 General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds, Series 2022A and $53,000,000 General Obligation Schools Bonds, Series 2022B: The Board of Commissioners unanimously moved to remove the Bond Resolution providing for the issuance of not to exceed $5,740,000 General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds, Series 2022A and approve the General Obligation School Bonds, Series 2022B of the County of Brunswick, North Carolina not to exceed $53,000,000.
  2. Administration – City of Boiling Spring Lakes Dam Projects Funding: The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a request from the City of Boiling Spring Lakes to provide financial support of $3,000,000 for the City’s projects to replace and improve several dams that were destroyed by Hurricane Florence and authorized Administration and the County Attorney to develop an interlocal agreement to provide funding of $750,000 to the City in each of Fiscal Years 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027.
  3. Administration – Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget Ordinance, Fees, and Capital Improvement Plan: The Board of Commissioners moved 4-1 to adopt the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget Ordinance, Schedule of Fees and Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan. Commissioners Randy Thompson, Mike Forte, Marty Cooke, and Frank Williams voted in favor of the item and Commissioner Pat Sykes voted against the item.
  4. Administration – Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Budget Appropriation: Commissioner Cooke moved to recuse himself from voting on the item. Commissioners Thompson, Forte, and Williams voted in favor of the motion and Commissioner Sykes voted against the motion. The Board of Commissioners moved 3-1 to approve a budget amendment to appropriate $3,017,136 for payment to Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. in Fiscal Year 2022-2023. Commissioners Thompson, Forte, and Williams voted in favor of the item and Commissioner Sykes voted against the item.
  5. Communications – Brunswick County Branding Concept Update: The Board of Commissioners unanimously moved to deny the proposed branding concepts for Brunswick County’s new logo, seal, color palette, and tagline as presented. Staff will suggest alternative options to proceed with branding concepts.
  6. Superior Court Judge’s Office – Memorandum of Agreement with NC Administrative Office of the Courts: The Board of Commissioners moved 4-1 to approve the annual renewal of Memorandum of Agreement between Brunswick County, Judge Jason C. Disbrow and the North Carolina Office of the Courts for the Trial Court Coordinator State Employee Position and delegate signing authority of agreement to County Manager. Commissioners Randy Thompson, Mike Forte, Marty Cooke, and Frank Williams voted in favor of the item and Commissioner Pat Sykes voted against the item.
IX. Board Appointments
  1. Governing Body – Board Appointments: The Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed Dr. John Ward to the Brunswick-Columbus International Park Inc. Board.
X. Other Business/Informal Discussion
  1. The Board of Commissioners unanimously moved to schedule a regular meeting for Monday, July 18 at 6 p.m.

More information about Board of Commissioners meetings is at brunswickcountync.gov/board-commissioners.

-30-

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, contact the Communications Director at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov.

Brunswick County Board of Commissioners next meeting is Monday, June 20

Media Inquiries: Media are requested to contact Brunswick County Communications by noon the day of the meeting to help facilitate requests for interviews before or directly after board meetings. Brunswick County will post a recap of the meeting with actions taken at brunswickcountync.gov/news.

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will meet for its regular meeting this Monday, June 20 at 6 p.m.

During the meeting, the Board consider approval of the recommended Fiscal Year 2023 budget ordinance, capital improvement plan, and fees.

The recommended budget includes no ad valorem tax rate change from the current 48.50 cents. The FY 2023 budget proposal for all funds totals $315,303,505 which represents an increase of 8.2% over the budget adopted June 21, 2021.

Learn more about the recommended FY 2023 budget at brunswickcountync.gov/fy23budget.

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 agendas and accompanying reports at brunswickcountync.gov/agendas.

Agenda Preview

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. Presentation
  1. County Attorney – Opioid Litigation Update: Receive an update from Attorney Harold Seagle regarding the national opioid litigation, the $26 Billion national settlement with the major distributors, the remaining litigation with parties that have not yet settled, and the amount of settlement funds Brunswick County will receive.
  2. Administration – Award of Opioid Settlement Funds: Request that the Board of Commissioners receive NC Opioid Settlement Funds and approve a budget amendment and grant project ordinance designating the current estimate of $13,609,604 being dispersed between years 2022 and 2038 into a special revenue fund to be used for county eligible projects.
  3. Administration – Endorsement of Golden Leaf Community-Based Grants Initiative (CBGI): Request the County Commissioners authorized the County Manager to endorse the grant project received from Brunswick County Community College (BCC) for the Golden Leaf Community-Based Grants Initiative (CBGI).
VII. Public Hearing
  1. Administration – Public Hearing for Series 2022A Two-Thirds Bonds: Request that the Board of Commissioners hold a public hearing regarding the not to exceed $5,740,000 General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds, Series 2022A of the County of Brunswick, North Carolina.
VIII. Administrative Report
  1. Administration – Resolution for the Issuance of $5,740,000 General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds, Series 2022A and $53,000,000 General Obligation Schools Bonds, Series 2022B: Request that the Board of Commissioners approve the Bond Resolution providing for the issuance of not to exceed $5,740,000 General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds, Series 2022A and not to exceed $53,000,000 General Obligation School Bonds, Series 2022B of the County of Brunswick, North Carolina.
  2. Administration – City of Boiling Spring Lakes Dam Projects Funding: Request that the Board of Commissioners consider a request from the City of Boiling Spring Lakes to provide financial support of $3,000,000 for the City’s projects to replace and improve several dams that were destroyed by Hurricane Florence and if approved authorize Administration and the County Attorney to develop an interlocal agreement to provide  funding of $750,000 to the City in each of Fiscal Years 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027.
  3. Administration – Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget Ordinance, Fees, and Capital Improvement Plan: Request that the Board of Commissioners adopt the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget Ordinance, Schedule of Fees and Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan.
  4. Administration – Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Budget Appropriation: Request that the Board of Commissioners approve a budget amendment to appropriate $3,017,136 for payment to Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. in Fiscal Year 2022-2023.
  5. Communications – Brunswick County Branding Concept Update: Request the Board of Commissioners review and approve the proposed branding concepts for Brunswick County’s new logo, seal, color palette, and tagline.
  6. Superior Court Judge’s Office – Memorandum of Agreement with NC Administrative Office of the Courts: Request that the Board of Commissioners approve the annual renewal of Memorandum of Agreement between Brunswick County, Judge Jason C. Disbrow and the North Carolina Office of the Courts for the Trial Court Coordinator State Employee Position and delegate signing authority of agreement to County Manager.
IX. Board Appointments
  1. Governing Body – Board Appointments: Request that the Board of Commissioners appoint Dr. John Ward to the Brunswick-Columbus International Park Inc. Board.

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.

-30-

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, contact the Communications Director at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov