Here’s what you missed at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ Oct. 7 meeting

10.08.2019

Here’s what you missed at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ Oct. 7 meeting

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BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting this past Monday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. Here’s a quick recap of the actions taken on a few selected items from the agenda.

The Board of Commissioners will review and make a motion to accept the official minutes from the Oct. 7 meeting at a later meeting. Once approved, the county clerk will post them online at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/agendas/

VI. Presentation
  • 2. Wilmington MPO – Alternative Funding Sources for Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045: The Board of Commissioners received information from the Wilmington MPO regarding the alternative funding sources for Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045.
VII. Administrative Report
  • 2. Administration – Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019 County Manager’s Report and Capital Project Funding: The Board of Commissioners received the county manager’s report with information for the end of Fiscal Year 2019. Some of the key highlights include:
    • The county population grew from 123,097 in 2015 to 139,829 in 2019
    • In 2019, the County grew to 42,934 water customers and 18,816 waste water customers (Note: These figures do not include wholesale water and waste water customer growth)
    • In 2019, the County’s average daily water treatment was 15,860,783 gallons with a daily capacity of 30,000,000 gallons; the average daily sewer treatment was 7,062,559 gallons with a daily capacity of 10,855,555 gallons
    • The general fund summary for FY19 had $205.1 million in revenue, $195.1 million in expenditures and $8.4 million in transfers to other funds
    • General fund debt service in FY19 was $13.5 million, which was $500,000 less than the previous year
    • FY19 general fund ad valorem tax revenues increased by nearly $4 million from the previous year for a total of $128.2 million
    • In FY19, the total property tax assessed value including registered vehicles was $26 billion—a 3.6 percent increase from the previous year
    • The real and motor vehicle property tax collection rates have improved significantly, from 95.81 percent in 2015 to 98.41 percent in 2019
      • The collection rate for property excluding motor vehicles increased from 98.15 percent to 98.31 percent in 2019
      • With the Tag and Tax Together program, registered motor vehicles were at 100 percent in 2019
  1. The board also approved with a 5-0 vote to appropriate a fund balance totaling $8,425,021 from the County’s savings to avoid debt to help fund the courthouse renovations/expansion project and the landfill transfer station. These projects are included in the Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan.
  • 3. Administration – Request from City of Northwest for Utility System Merger Agreement: The Board of Commissioners approved a request with a 5-0 vote to direct staff to forward a draft agreement to the City of Northwest concerning its request to merge the utility system into the County system.
  • 5. Board of Elections – Appropriation for Purchase of Voting Equipment: The Board of Commissioners accepted the Board of Elections’ recommendation to adopt and acquire the Hart Intercivic Verity 2.2 voting system with a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Sykes and Cooke voted no. Commissioners Forte, Williams and Thompson voted yes.
  • 6. Utilities – Northeast Brunswick Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant 2.5 MGD Expansion: The Board of Commissioners approved with a 5-0 vote the appropriation and execution of a series of contracts and notices of bids for the planned expansion project at the Northeast Brunswick Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant. The construction will increase the plant’s capacity by 2.5 million gallons per day (MGD) for a total capacity of 4.975 MGD to support the increasing demands on the plant due to growth in the northern region of the county. The board’s actions also include a request for funding approval from the Local Government Commission (LGC) and the closing of the revenue bond sale. Construction on the plant is expected to begin November 2019 and to receive full certification by November 2021.

The next regular Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.

To view the full agenda items and accompanying reports, go to https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/agendas/

More information about the Board of Commissioners meetings is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/board-commissioners/faq/

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