No tax increase is being recommended by county staff for the 2016-17 fiscal year, based on a proposed budget provided to the Yadkin County commissioners during Monday’s meeting.
A public hearing will be held on June 9 at 7 p.m. in the commissioners’ chambers on the proposed 2016-17 fiscal year budget for the county. Hughes gave a few brief highlights about the proposed budget on Monday.
The tax rate is recommended to remain at 66 cents per $100 valuation. The general fund budget is $36,789,157, which is up about $341,000 over last year’s budget, County Manager Lisa Hughes said.
The budget does include an appropriation of fund balance of $1,874,258, which is less than last year’s. Hughes asked the commissioners to review the budget in its entirety and schedule work sessions with her if they felt it necessary.
A copy of the budget is available for public viewing in the office of the clerk to the board’s office at 217 E. Willow St. in Yadkinville.
Kindergarten students from Boonville Elementary School opened the meeting by leading the pledge of allegiance.
Only one item was on the action agenda for the evening, the approval of a lease agreement with Dr. Alison Snider for office space in the hospital building. Hughes explained that Snider’s office will be a direct pay practice, a new concept in medical care delivery in which the patients pay a direct fee to the provider per month for a certain number of office visits rather than filing insurance to cover the costs. The lease agreement was approved.
On May 18, the commissioners will attend County Assembly Day in Raleigh where they will hear about legislative issues going on in the state.
Hughes asked the board to approve an application for a $250,000 federal grant for the sheriff’s department which focuses on mental health issues. That application was approved.
Also, during the meeting, Hughes updated the commissioners on the progress of the new Agriculture and Education Building being constructed at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. A ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for the building on June 1 as well as a ground breaking for the manufacturing classroom which is to be built on the site.
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