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County set to approve its budget at Thurs. sesssion

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

Lincoln County’s budget for the next fiscal year is expected to receive a final vote Thursday night, as members of the Board of Commissioners meet to take action on the proposed spending plan.
Having previously met for a couple of special work sessions, the board has made some adjustments to County Manager George Wood’s budget since it was first introduced in May.
Some of these changes include an approved implementation plan for merit pay increases for county employees (as opposed to the originally suggested 2.5 percent across-the-board raise) and the elimination of $200,000 in expenditures, the latter of which is being funded primarily through cuts to outside agencies.
Though a potential property tax decrease was discussed, commissioners decided at their most recent work session to instead build up the county’s fund balance. The current property tax rate of 59.8 cents is expected to remain the same.
While a vote is scheduled for Thursday night, Wood previously noted that, should any last-minute changes be requested by commissioners during the meeting, enough time would be available to make those changes before the looming July 1 deadline to adopt the budget.
Thursday’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton and is open to the public.

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