Craven County looks to avoid property tax increase with in budget

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM.

Craven County staff is fine-tuning its proposed 2013-14 budget, which should be presented to commissioners on May 20.

“It’s not going to be an exciting budget,” said Jack Veit, county manager. “It’s more one right now of maintenance, keeping the status quo, keeping our heads above water with changes we can’t control.”

There is not a lot of deviation from the previous year, Veit said.

Before there can be a real prediction of whether the budget will include a tax increase on the current rate of 47 cents per $100 in property value, the county has to take into consideration the revenue it gets from other sources and wait to see what the General Assembly does, Veit said.

“A budget tends to mirror growth or shrinkage in government,” Veit said, and both he and Rick Hemphill, assistant county manager and finance director, both see little of either in 2014.

Hemphill said: “Sales tax revenue is fairly flat and we’re not looking to pick up much next year, but I don’t see a tax increase. I don’t think there will be one.”

He did say the county would have to pay for some additional items in 2013-14.

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