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Wake approves $951 million budget

Posted June 21, 2010

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— Wake County residents will see no property tax increase under the budget adopted Monday afternoon by the Board of Commissioners.

The $951 million budget for the fiscal year that starts in July maintains the property tax rate at 53.4 cents at the cost of 58 jobs – 33 of them vacant positions.

The 25 layoffs are needed to close a projected $18 million deficit for the 2010-11 fiscal year, commissioners said.

The budget presented by County Manager David Cooke passed by a 6-1 vote, with Commissioner Harold Webb voting against it.

Cooke’s budget was amended Monday to add one position to the Soil and Water Conservation Office and another to the Veteran’s Service Office. Funding for the positions will come from the capital improvement account.

The budget also calls for keeping the public library in Garner open. The library was considered as a possible cut several months ago, but local residents rallied to keep the library open.

The county would provide $313.5 million to the Wake County Public School System for the upcoming school year under the proposal. That would keep county funding at the same level is has been during the 2009-10 school year.

Funding for groups like Marbles Kids Museum, the United Arts Council and Communities in Schools would be cut by 7 percent.


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  • ncguy Jun 22, 2010

    18 million divided by 58 people is 310K a year wow they really get paid in wake county government- even factoring in benefits it's still a big average salary.

    What's up with that?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 22, 2010

    They should cut expenses and lower property taxes.

    End government funded entitlements and welfare.

  • John Sawtooth Jun 22, 2010

    Perhaps it's glib (inaccurate) reportage. WRAL is pretty decent about that, but an incautions saying is all it takes. Those jobs are only a small part, I'm sure. The city and county budget documets are also available, but probably on their specific websites. I haven't read them yet.

  • Thhhbbbppppttt..... Jun 22, 2010

    @ John: That's my point. The figures you have researched (Thank you) make much more sense. The statement the "The 25 layoffs are needed to close a projected $18 million deficit for the 2010-11 fiscal year, commissioners said." Taking into account the 33 vacant positions, the 58 openings average over $310k per job. 58 positions at an average of $37k won't even tip the scales to 2.2 million. Where is the other $16,000,000.00? Some shady accounting is at work here.

  • John Sawtooth Jun 22, 2010

    Does Wake County government pay all salaries for Wake County Schools ? I don't know. Listed here : http://www.wral.com/news/public_records/page/1281122/

    Interestingly, Wake County Schools lists 17,023 employees (from superintendant to teacher assistangs. with 86 positions earning over $100,000 - an average salary of 37,741.59 and a median of 36,613.73.

  • John Sawtooth Jun 22, 2010

    County salaries were reported on by WRAL and are accessable as NC public records.

    The average of 3500+ salaries is $42,743.84. the median salary (same # larger than and small than) is $39,312.30 .

  • Thhhbbbppppttt..... Jun 22, 2010

    Ummmm.....If my math is correct, and they are saying that an $18,000,000.00 deficit can be corrected by removing 58 jobs; then the resulting AVERAGE Salary of $ 310,344 per job opening seems to indicate where the true problemn lies.

  • John Sawtooth Jun 22, 2010

    Wake County's operating budgets have been tightened twice, for a total of about 12% if I remember right. The 'capital budgets' are for things like school and library constructions, purchase of new Sheriff and EMS vehicles, parks improvements, etc. Most people complain pretty loudly when those items are cut or delayed.

    City of Raleigh, on the other hand has been pretty free-spending with the cash in recent budgets, basically approving everything on their 'wish list' as well as giving big rasies to senior staff.

    The county hasn't done that.

  • The Oracle Jun 22, 2010

    The county is lucky their property tax assessments were made a couple of years ago at the peak of the housing bubble.

  • US VET Jun 21, 2010

    Wake residents should consider themselves lucky. The tax capital of Durham raises their rates at every turn. Our elected officials have no clue how to balance a budget or control wastefull spending. They seem to have no regard for the working people who pay these taxes and are having to adjust themselves in these hard times. Spend , spend, spend. These people keep getting re elected by a majority of non taxpaying residents who want everything for free.