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Nash plans no tax hike in budget

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

NASHVILLE — For the 10th straight year, Nash County's proposed fiscal year 2019-20 budget doesn't call for a property tax increase.

The budget holds the property tax rate at 67 cents per $100 of value while expanding the budget by 1.22 percent from $93.9 million in 2018-19 to $95 million in 2019-20.

"The tax rate as recommended is able to remain consistent with fiscal year 2018-19, without reducing services to our citizens due to moderate tax base growth of approximately 2.68 percent, increases in sales tax revenue collections and use of previously reserved general fund appropriations for various capital projects," said County Manager Zee Lamb during a workshop when presenting the budget Monday to the Nash County Board of Commissions.

The presentation wasn't included in the workshop's original agenda. Lamb said the budget presentation was added to a revised agenda sent out the same day.

Highlights of the 2019-2020 budget include:

■ A promised 5 percent cost-of-living raise for all permanent full-time employees.

■ New full-time positions are one employee in Human Resources, two employees in Social Services, three employees in the Sheriff's Office and five employees in the Health Department.

■ Level funding for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

■ A 3 percent increase for Braswell Memorial Library if municipalities agree to their share of the increase.

The budget is based on an anticipated collection of $49 million in taxes paid on property, public utilities and motor vehicles.

A copy of the budget is available online and in the county manager's office. At staff recommendation, the board set a required public hearing for June 3 during the board's regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Chairman Robbie Davis, in giving an update on the Gold Rock Improvements Committee, said the Gold Rock Inn has been demolished with development planned for the spot along Interstate 95. Davis said the county is considering selling the motel property it owns. The building itself was beyond repair, but the property could be developed.

The board decided to put forward Commissioner Sue Leggett to serve as a member of the board of trustees at UNC Nash Health Care.

The commissioners also received an update on Nash County Miracle Park at Coopers from Andrew Stocks of Stocks Engineering; Harold Winstead of Coopers Community Development; and Patsy McGhee, assistant to the county manager and intergovernmental relations.

This article has been updated.

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