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FY 2022-2023 Budget Summary from the County Manager


 

Dear Board Members,

The proposed Fiscal Year 2022-2023 $301 million General Fund budget is presented at the current property tax rate of 73 cents per $100 valuation. Based on April 30, 2022 financial projections, the June 30, 2022 fund balance percentage is expected to be comparable to other similar-sized North Carolina counties with outstanding credit ratings. A special thanks goes to Deputy County Manager and Director of Finance Chad McLamb, department heads and the county-wide team for their work on this budget. It has truly been a team effort.

RECOMMENDED FUNDING FOR EDUCATION PARTNERS

We enjoy a great working relationship with our education partners, Johnston County Public Schools (JCPS) and Johnston Community College (JCC). Recommended preliminary allocations for supplemental current expense plus capital outlay are shown below. Please note these recommendations may change prior to the budget meetings based on additional information between now and June.

 

FY 22-23 Current Expense

FY 22-23 Capital Outlay

JCPS

$80,000,000

$1,250,000

JCC

$5,000,000

$525,000

 

PROPOSED NEW POSITIONS - GENERAL FUND/ENTERPRISE FUND

There are 43 new General Fund positions proposed in the General Fund budget for next fiscal year:

Human Resources - 1
Planning - 2
Buildings and Grounds - 1
Detention Center - 11
Emergency Medical Services - 8
Building Inspections - 3
Cooperative Extension - 1
Public Health - 6
Animal Services - 1
Department of Social Services - 8
Parks, Greenways, & Open Space - 1

In addition, there are 6 new positions requested in the Public Utilities Enterprise Fund, and 2 positions requested in the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund. 

EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION

Funds are included for a pay adjustment in July with the potential of a performance pay adjustment in October. My recommendation will soon be finalized and presented during the upcoming budget meetings.

PROPOSED FEE INCREASES IN GENERAL FUND AND ENTERPRISE FUNDS

In the General Fund, new fees and fee increases are proposed for Building Inspections. The fee increases are for non-emergency, after-hours inspections.

($125/hour with a 2 hour minimum), a residential plan change fee ($250), and an initial $1,000 fee due at the time of submittal for commercial plan review for projects over $500,000 (the $1,000 would be credited to the total permit fee at permit issuance).

The Department of Public Utilities is proposing a comprehensive list of fee adjustments with recommended start times for those increases. This information is included in the memo from Utilities Director Chandra Farmer in the supporting documentation section of the budget.

The Department of Solid Waste Services is requesting a $4 per ton tipping fee increase from $40 to $44 per ton and a $30 increase in the asbestos disposal fee for a total of $75 per ton.

I look forward to discussing the proposed budget at the upcoming budget meetings. Please let me know if you have any questions.




Rick J. Hester
County Manager

 

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Page last updated on:  June 17, 2022