Cabarrus commissioners adopt budget for schools and workforce needs


CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – From Cabarrus County: At their June 21 meeting, the Commissioners (4-1) voted to adopt Cabarrus County’s budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

The budget increases funding in several important areas while maintaining the property tax rate of 74 cents per $ 100 of assessment, for a total operating budget of just over $ 297 million.

With this tax rate, homeowners of $ 214,000 (the median value of a single-family home assessed in Cabarrus) would pay $ 1,584 per year in county property tax.

The commissioners also approved the operating budget of the Cabarrus Economic Development Commission and the request of the Cold Water Volunteer Fire Department to increase taxes by 2 cents for residents of the service area. This would bring the total district tax on cold water fires to 8 cents per $ 100 of property value.

Outside of the general fund, the county is responsible for the administration of the Cabarrus arena and event center, landfill ownership, the 911 emergency phone, and health insurance funds. The grand total of all funds is $ 393 million.

Following the fiscal plan for fiscal 22, council is expected to adopt the County Capital Improvement Plan (CAP) in July, which would allocate $ 181.2 million for deferred maintenance and capital projects. .

Here are some highlights of the budget plan adopted for fiscal year 22:

Education funding

Education remains a large part of the county budget. Using cash on hand as well as debt financing, a variety of school-related projects are included.

  • A 0.5% increase in local supplements paid by the county for educators, which helps attract and retain teachers
  • $ 9 million for Cabarrus County Schools to install mobile units for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Early College; begin design work for the replacement of the R. Brown McAllister Elementary School; and complete several deferred maintenance projects, including parking lot lighting, paving and floor replacement
  • $ 2.5 million for schools in the town of Kannapolis to renovate the tennis courts and track at AL Brown High School, replace security cameras in several schools; replace the carpet at Forest Park elementary school; and complete several deferred maintenance projects, including replacing playgrounds, repairing roofs and painting
  • $ 553,000 for Rowan Cabarrus Community College to cover the roof and replace the fire alarm system at Cabarrus Business and Technology Center and to replace security cameras at South Campus
  • $ 10.5 million to complete construction of Roberta Road Middle School for Cabarrus County Schools
  • $ 32 million to build a replacement for the R. Brown McAllister Elementary School for the Cabarrus County School
  • $ 7.8 million for roof replacement at Bethel Elementary, Weddington Hills, CC Griffin Middle, Central Cabarrus High and Concord High, and for parking lot and driveway replacement at Mount Pleasant High
  • $ 4.3 million to design a Northwest High School replacement for Cabarrus County schools

Labor additions

Many position additions in the FY22 budget relate to departments and organizations that create and maintain a healthy and safe Cabarrus.

Recommended budget funds deserve increases for Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) staff. The funds will also allow CHA to add:

  • On-site well water inspector to ensure water supply systems are safe and reduce the backlog of cases
  • A school health director to oversee and lead the school nursing program, which provides a dedicated nurse at each public school in the county
  • An epidemiologist to ensure consistent surveillance of community health data

The budget also funds 13 new positions in public safety agencies such as building standards, emergency medical services, fire departments and the sheriff’s office. The new positions include:

  • MPs to investigate crimes and patrol the community
  • A deputy EMS manager to oversee logistics and operations and maintain a high quality response
  • A fire operations chief to oversee the 410 Squad as they continue to support the volunteer firefighters response
  • Code enforcement officers must perform inspections of residential and commercial properties in a timely manner and help maintain an appropriate workload for inspectors

Social Services is another county in the county that receives much needed help coping with heavy workloads that lead to burnout and job rotation. The recommended budget adds 15 full-time and one part-time positions, including social workers, social work supervisors and income maintenance staff.

Other capital projects

In FY 22, the county plans to issue more than $ 150 million in debt to help future construction and maintenance projects, including:

  • $ 46.8 million to complete construction of the new Cabarrus County courthouse
  • $ 17 million to design and build a new public safety training center
  • $ 16 million to design and build a new emergency medical services headquarters
  • $ 10.5 million to complete construction of Roberta Road Middle School for Cabarrus County Schools
  • $ 10 million to replace and / or expand one or more branches of the Cabarrus County Public Library
  • $ 7.8 million for roof replacement at Bethel, Weddington Hills, CC Griffin Middle, Central Cabarrus High and Concord High elementary schools and for parking and driveway replacement at Mount Pleasant High
  • $ 6.3 million for the design and construction of an emergency equipment warehouse and information technology department office
  • $ 4.3 million to design a Northwest High School replacement for Cabarrus County schools
  • $ 4.1 million to acquire, design and construct a new park and / or ball fields in the northeastern part of the county
  • $ 4 million to add new amenities at Frank Liske Park, including a boardwalk and wading pool
  • $ 2.3 million to acquire, design and build a new northeast radio tower

Citizen involvement

To increase transparency and community engagement in the process, the county budget was published online and made available in print form for public consultation more than 30 days before the vote.

As part of the Government 101 education series, the county hosted two programs that introduced the public to its budget process and key details of the FY22 budget. Officials also ran an internal program that gave county employees who do not typically work on the county budget the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

The two-hour virtual public event has been posted and can be viewed on the county’s Facebook page, @CabarrusCounty. Look up Gov 101: Budget Breakdown FY22.

The commissioners also held a public budget hearing on June 7 at 6:30 p.m. and, having no other budget changes, canceled their June 10 interim budget workshop.

To view the proposed budget for fiscal year 22, visit https://cabarruscounty.us/departments/budget-evaluation and click on the thumbnail indicating “Recommended budget for fiscal year 22”.

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