Local Politics

Wake County budget holds property taxes steady

Posted June 20, 2011 2:38 p.m. EDT
Updated June 20, 2011 5:37 p.m. EDT

— The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to pass a $952.1 million budget which holds the line on property taxes at 53.4 cents per $100 of valuation.

About two-thirds of the county funding comes from property taxes, with federal and state funds, fees and other charges making up the rest.

County Manager David Cooke's proposal increased funding for education, to expand services at the WakeBrook mental health facility and to open and operate the second phase of the Hammond Road Detention Center. 

Education, primarily capital projects of the Wake County Public School System, claim the biggest chunk of the spending – about 10 percent of the total. 

The budget cuts 15 jobs, mostly from the county's human services and general services departments, and eliminates funding for several nonprofits.

New commissioner joins board

Also Monday, the board welcomed its newest member. Erv Portman, a former member of the Cary Town Council, was appointed to replace Stan Norwalk, who resigned his post in May.