Johnston County Board of Commissioners Adopts FY 21-22 Budget



June 21, 2021

Johnston County Board of Commissioners Adopts Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget

Smithfield, NC –  The Johnston County Board of Commissioners adopted a $282 million budget for fiscal year 2021-2022 during its regular meeting on June 21, 2021. The budget will take effect on July 1, 2021 and includes a County property tax decrease, moving the tax rate to 73 cents per $100 of property value. 

The approved budget provides additional funding to the County’s education partners, Johnston County Public Schools and Johnston Community College. The spending plan also supports veterans memorial parks in Benson and Four Oaks, and provides increased support to fire departments throughout the County.  

The Board of Commissioners continues to make infrastructure a priority by appropriating funds for the Town of Smithfield’s waterline project that will benefit the town and the entire County. Funds are also appropriated to assist in the renovation of Town of Micro’s community building as well.

The Board also addressed the needs of many local non-profit organizations. These nonprofits are essential to Johnston County and provide services that local governments cannot, and in doing so, they fill the gaps that make our communities whole. 


Highlights from this year’s budget include:


  • Appropriate a total of $72 million for current expenses and $2.9 million in capital outlay for Johnston County Public Schools.


  • Investing $4.8 million in current expense, and $2 million in capital outlay for Johnston Community College.


  • Approval of requests from individual fire departments and their respective tax boards for fire tax increases in their respective districts. Community meetings to discuss the fire tax increases were held by the fire departments over the past year. These fire tax increases will help pay for paid staff and capital improvements for fire departments, while helping maintain prompt response times and quality firefighters.


  • Cleveland Fire Dept - 7.25 to 9.25 cents per $100 value
  • Princeton Fire Dept - 5 to 10 cents per $100 value 
  • Kenly Fire Dept - 8 to 10 cents per $100 value
  • Meadow Fire Dept - 7 to 11 cents per $100 value
  • Micro Fire Dept - 10 to 12 cents per $100 value
  • Benson Fire Dept - 10 to 12 cents per $100 value
  • Corinth Holder FD - 10 to 11 cents per $100 value
  • Bethany FD - 10 to 12 cents per $100 value
  • Brogden FD - 8 to 10 cents per $100 value
  • Blackman’s Crossroads FD - 8 to 13 cents per $100 value 

  • Pay adjustments for employees of 3% in July with a potential performance pay adjustment of up to 2% in September. Regional market pay reviews will be ongoing throughout the year.

  • The Board evaluated regional market salary data and approved compensation adjustments for Board members and Board-appointed employees as noted in the attached budget motion. Board members and appointed positions are also eligible for the July and September adjustments.   


  • Provides funding for veterans memorial parks in Benson and Four Oaks totalling almost $90,000.


  • Fee increases in water, wastewater and solid waste as proposed by the County manager.

 For a more detailed copy of Johnston County’s fiscal year 2021-2022 budget motion, please see attached document.


Johnston County FY21-22 Budget Motion