Commissioners begin 2017-18 budget discussions

By Kitsey Burns Harrison -

Prior to its regular meeting on Monday, the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners met for an initial planning meeting for the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget. County Manager Lisa Hughes said the meeting began with a review of current and prior year financials.

The board also reviewed its goals and objectives for 2017, which included items such as maintaining or lower the property tax rate, re-establishing healthcare in the Hoots/Yadkin Valley Community Hospital building in Yadkinville, completing the East Bend waterline project and expansion of county parks and river access points.

Hughes said much of the discussion at Monday’s meeting centered around future planning and what the commissioners hoped to see for the county in the next 10 years.

“The consensus was that it needs controlled growth so that it doesn’t lose its values of a rural community,” Hughes said. “We need people who grew up here to stay here and also attract others to move here so they can enjoy the lifestyle that exists in Yadkin County. There needs to be some economic development in the retail area, but that needs to happen as people move here.”

The board previously completed a priorities survey, Hughes said, and the following items from that survey will be discussed in more detail at the next budget meeting:

1. Water and Sewer – Sewer at Brooks Crossroads; and Subsidiary lines off the East Bend Waterline

2. Economic Development

3. Review County properties for need, usage, improvements, and possible purchases

4. Employee Benefits: offer good benefits to recruit and retain employees

5. Parks – Continued expansion at Memorial Park; and Resurface tennis courts at the County Park (depends upon the YMCA as they own them)

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

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

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