Sunday 22 Jul 2018

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New County Budget Avoids Tax Increase

Wayne County’s new budget is approved, and a tax increase is not part of the new financial plan.

County Manager Craig Honeycutt told the Wayne County Board Tuesday the revised recommended budget keeps the tax rate steady from last year at 66.35-cents per $100 in assessed value.

Honeycutt says the county managed to cut $2.1 million in expenditures to balance this budget.

One area that saw a reduction was WayneNET, which provides transportation for stretcher and wheelchair-bound residents.

The new county budget includes funding for four additional School Resource Officers.

While there’s no property tax increase included in the new budget, Honeycutt says the county may decide to ask voters for a quarter-cent sales tax increase come November.

The county commissioners would still have to approve putting the quarter-cent sales tax increase referendum on the November 6th ballot.

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners gave final approval to the new spending plan for Financial Year 2018-2019 during Tuesday’s meeting.

Highlights from the revised recommended Wayne County 2018-2019 FY Budget

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