New budget proposal lowers taxes, increases funding

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Manager Chris Courdriet presented the official proposed budget for 2017 and 2018 Monday evening.

The proposal was presented at the New Hanover County Commissioners meeting. While some still have questions they need cleared up, overall most of the commissioners believe it is a good start.

Some of the major highlights from the proposal include a property tax decrease. It would lower the county’s rate from 62 cents per $100 of property value to 57 cents per $100.

It also proposes an increase in funding for several programs, raises for current county employees, and hiring ten new employees.

Some of those new positions would be for school resource officers to cut down on crime in county schools. A move Coudriet says is very important.

“The school resource officers continues to advance the Sheriff’s priority of ensuring there is an SRO in every elementary school. At least two in every middle school. And hopefully three in all of our highs schools,” Coudriet said.

Other items in the budget include $2.5 million to replace 72 county police cars, 56 of which would be for the sheriff’s office.

Commissioners will discuss the proposal at their next meeting on May 11th followed by a public hearing June 15th.

To see the full budget proposal, click here.

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