Craven County looks to avoid property tax increase with in budget

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

“We have to fund the state unemployment the legislature passed, which will cost the county about $125,000, but most things from them are still up in the air,” Hemphill said. “The motor vehicle tax and tag has been delayed for two months, so we have to go back and make some adjustments for that.”

The county is saving a little bit of money on debt service funding with a recent refinancing, Hemphill said.

Other than cuts recently announced for the Craven County Department of Social Services as a result of state and federal funding changes, Hemphill and Veit said no budget-related county staff layoffs are anticipated with the proposed budget.

Veit will formally present the budget during the May 20 commissioners meeting, and the board has scheduled budget work sessions for May 21 and May 24.

“Hopefully, if trends are as last year, we’ll have a 98 percent model with all the hard twisting already done,” he said.

That leaves close scrutiny of what is presented, plus decisions on special appropriations, as the main job for commissioners.

Craven County’s tax rate dropped about a quarter of a cent last year as part of the property revaluation process. The next property revaluation is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2016 and will affect property values for the 2017 budget year.  

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