The Times-News reports...
Henderson county commissioners unanimously passed a $112.2 million budget Monday for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The budget keeps property taxes level, while fully funding public schools and giving county employees a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise.
The board approved only one last-minute change: adding $1,710 for dues in a national association of commissioners.
“I think this is a good budget,” said Commissioner Larry Young, who made the motion to approve it. “There’s a few things that maybe I would have done different. But overall, I think the budget is well laid-out by the county manager and his staff.”
Vice Chairman Tommy Thompson agreed with Young, saying there are aspects of the budget he didn’t totally agree with. But he added, “For the welfare and benefit of all of Henderson County and the operations of everything that’s going on, I have no problems and I’m ready to vote the budget up, Mr. Chairman.”
Chairman Charlie Messer praised County Manager Steve Wyatt and Budget Analyst Amy Brantley for their hard work preparing the budget, calling it “a tremendous job.” He asked the board to add $1,710 so the county could join the National Association of County Commissioners.
Henderson County is one of only three counties in North Carolina that is not currently a member, Messer said, and membership is important in light of numerous changes to health care brought at the federal level. He added that a CVS Caremark card provided to member counties can save residents money on their prescriptions.