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Watching your County Dollars

To enhance accountability, Buncombe County has increased oversight and accessibility of financial data - before, during and after the budget process. The County budget will be presented and reviewed line-by-line. This line-by-line process will help keep the Board and citizens fully informed of department activities and county spending.

  • Any dual pay roles for Assistant County Managers and the CFO were eliminated July 1, 2017. These two actions resulted in 28.7% and 11.1% salary reductions

  • Eliminated contracts outside those specific to the 3 employees who serve at-will and are appointed by Commissioners

  • The Board reduced the County Manager’s salary by 13% or $31,543. This places the salary below the average of the 10 urban counties in North Carolina

  • The current County Manager reduced the County Manager’s budget by 29%

  • Makes it easier for you to see changes in the County Budget

  • Positions the Chief Financial Officer over the County Manager’s budget

  • Opens the budget process to greater public accountability

  • Monthly work sessions from November - June are public; sessions are open and recorded

  • Budget summaries are published

  • Commissioners receive a line item budget

  • Provides a link to minutes approving budget actions

  • Realigns current County staff to establish a Performance Management Team that provides ongoing fiscal and programmatic monitoring

We want to hear from you because we are fully committed to making sure your county government is responsive to your needs, concerns, and ideas. Our promise is to listen, learn and serve you to the best of our ability.

You can call and leave a message at (828) 250-4066, email us at or fill out the form here. Your questions, concerns and comments will be responded to in a timely manner.