Budget hearing slated for June 23

On June 23, a special meeting and public hearing will take place regarding the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget for Yadkin County. That meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room.

The proposed budget for 2015-2016 maintains the 66-cent property tax rate. The total proposed budget for 2015-2016 is $36,438,273, a 4.26-percent increase over the last fiscal year’s adopted budget. The new budget includes a one-percent increase to public education. The full budget can be viewed on the county’s website at www.yadkincountync.gov.

Monday’s meeting of the Yadkin County commissioners was interrupted briefly as County Manager Lisa Hughes and County Attorney Ed Powell had to leave the board room to finalize items in advance of the contempt hearing which was scheduled to take place in Chowan County on Tuesday in regard to the unexpected closure of the Yadkin Valley Community Hospital.

Several of the commissioners and Hughes were expected to leave immediately following the Monday evening meeting to travel to Edenton for the 10:30 a.m. hearing on Tuesday. The county is pursuing legal action against former hospital operator HMC for defying a court order to keep the local hospital open through the end of its lease term. Tuesday’s hearing was to determine if HMC will be held in contempt of court for defying the court order.

A public hearing on the rezoning of a property located on St. Paul Church Road was rescheduled for July 6 at 9 a.m. Also approved on Monday was the reclassification of a position in the county medical clinic from processing assistant to administrative support specialist. That position is expected to be advertised and filled as soon as possible.

In the commissioner comment portion of the meeting, Commissioner Gilbert Hemric said he “hoped everything would work out” during the hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

“Obviously tomorrow is a big day for the county and we hope everything turns out,” Commissioner Frank Zachary added.

Zachary also recognized the Forbush women’s softball and soccer teams for recently competing in state championship games in their respective sports.

Commissioner Marion Welborn took time to praise Tanya Gentry, who has served as clerk to the board of commissioners for the past four years.

“You can count on one hand the mistakes she’s made,” Welborn said.

“Most of those were ours,” Commissioner Kevin Austin added.

Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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