Local Politics

Wake approves $951 million budget

Posted June 21, 2010 5:25 p.m. EDT
Updated June 21, 2010 6:07 p.m. EDT

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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.