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County Manager Pinder Presents Recommended FY25 Budget

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Amid cooling sales tax revenues, continued elevated prices for goods and services, and a high cost of living, Buncombe County Manager Avril Pinder presented the County's FY25 budget to Commissioners at their May 21 meeting. The FY25 budget across all annual funds is recommended at $628 million. The General Fund, the largest annual fund recommended at $441.9 million, includes:

  • $126 million for education
  • $95 million for public safety
  • $96 million for human services

The recommended budget includes a 4.89% cost of living adjustment for County employees based on a two-year average annual change in the Consumer Price Index - Urban Wage Earners & Clerical Workers. The recommended budget includes 30 new positions in the General Fund and three new positions in the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund. 

Figuring a 1% increase in expenditures, the recommended budget includes a $3.9 million operating reduction for County departments from the FY24 amended budget and draws on $10 million in savings utilizing personnel strategies. 

The budget is balanced with an appropriation of $11.7 million of unrestricted fund balance and recommends a property tax rate of 52.35 cents, an increase of 2.55 above the current rate, generating $13.6 million in additional revenue. Of that increase, 1.8 cents is for County operations and .75 cents will fund an increase to the local current expense for public K-12 schools. This increase on a home assessed at $350,000 would be an additional $89.25 in annual property taxes.

"The FY25 budget contains many financial challenges," said Pinder. "Hard decisions had to be made, and austere cuts were required. We believe this budget is as fiscally responsible as possible."

Of note, the FY25 recommended budget amounts for annual funds include: 

  • General Fund budget of $441,905,358
  • Occupancy Tax Special Revenue Fund budget of $40,000,000
  • 911 Special Revenue Fund budget of $927,067
  • Opioid Settlement Fund budget of $3,314,860
  • Insurance and Benefits Fund budget of $45,222,516

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Updated May 30, 2024 02:27 PM
Published May 21, 2024 06:13 PM

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