The Richmond County Board of Commissioners approved a county budget that would allow the tax rate to remain the same.
According to County Manager Rick Sago, the commissioner’s approved the Fiscal Year 2013/14 budget unanimously at their regular monthly meeting on Monday.
“The budget is very tight but all of the county employees did everything they could to help me balance the budget and we appreciate it,” said Sago. “The budget was adopted leaving the tax rate at 0.81. The tax rate has remained the same for six years during one of the toughest economic times in years. This is a testament to the hard work of the county commissioners and county employees.”
Sago said he feels the budget soundly appropriates the money of citizens among all necessary departments in the county.
“We do everything we can daily to spend the taxpayers money wisely, while meeting the federal and state mandates that dictate many of our operations,” said Sago.
In other matters, the county commissioners:
• Approved the Animal Control-Rabies Control Ordinance as proposed by the Richmond County Board of Health and presented by Director Tommy Jarrell.
• Received an update by Sandhills Center Chief Executive Officer Victoria Whitt, whose budget request has been the same for many years, according to Sago.
• Reappointed Tax Administrator Vagas Jackson to a new four-year term as County Tax Assessor. Jackson has been the Tax Assessor for two years prior to this reappointment.
• Made appointments to various boards and committees.
• Designated Chairman Kenneth Robinette as the voting delegate for the National Association of Counties Annual Conference, July 20-23, 2013.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.