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Wake budget deficit estimated at $10M

Posted February 4, 2011

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— Wake County faces a $10 million shortfall for the fiscal year that starts in July, and commissioners will need to trim some services to balance the budget in the coming months, officials said Friday.

The Board of Commissioners wants to maintain the county's current property tax rate of 53.4 cents per $100 of valuation, but they have to handle the growing needs of the Wake County Public School System and Wake Technical Community College and devise a transit plan for the county.

County Manager David Cooke told commissioners that the deficit is manageable, noting that property tax revenues are in line with projections. Sales tax collections, however, are lower than expected, he said.

Cooke will likely propose a $941 million budget to commissioners this spring, which would be $12 million less than the 2010-11 budget and would be the smallest in three years. Officials said the challenge is to make cuts without sacrificing service.

"We've downsized the work force, and we haven't had a significant reduction in service levels in some areas," Deputy County Manager Johnna Rogers said. "In a lot of areas ... we've got fewer employees delivering the same level of service, and we're really starting to see some fraying around the edges within the work force."

Commissioners might look at putting a half-cent local sales tax on the 2012 ballot for voter approval to raise more revenue, officials said.

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  • YRU Ignorant Feb 4, 2011

    County employees are tax payers too. There are employees making under $30k with families and they have not gotten a raise in 2 years. You are worried about .5 cents! Pitiful.

  • Nancy Feb 4, 2011

    Anyone that votes for tax increases needs to get kicked to the curb.

  • lolly Feb 4, 2011

    "Commissioners might look at putting a half-cent local sales tax on the 2012 ballot for voter approval to raise more revenue, officials said."

    No. Put the "devise a transit plan for the county" on hold a year.

  • Dark of the Moon Feb 4, 2011

    Way to go democrats. Now the republicans have to get us out of the mess the democrats created.

  • rmsmith Feb 4, 2011

    From what I gather ole Bev Perdue has a major office in Charlotte and requires $3M per year. While the article is about Wake CO, most all of NC agencies are corrupt and spending money like it is ours and not their's.

  • beckerunc Feb 4, 2011

    Leaders should be held accountable period. If the workforce is fraying around the edges, there are plenty of qualified folks looking for a job. Too many government workers do not understand reality.