Public hearing for proposed Dare County budget for fiscal year 2022-23 scheduled for May 16

The Dare County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing for the county’s proposed budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 2022. The public hearing will be held in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, which is adjacent to the Dare County Administration Building located at 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo.

In-person comments can be made at the public hearing in Manteo, as well as at the Fessenden Center, located at 46830 NC Highway 12 in Buxton.

Dare County Executive Bobby Outten presented the county’s recommended budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year to the Dare County Board of Commissioners at the board meeting held Monday, May 2, 2022.

General fund budget expenditures

Of the proposed General Fund budget of $123,964,551, the largest expenditures are allocated to public safety (29%), education (20%), social services (15%) and general government ( 15%), with the other portions of the fund being for economic and physical development, environmental protection, and cultural and recreational expenditures, as well as the Dare County Regional Airport and transfers to other funds. (The table below shows the proposed expenditures for the next fiscal year as a percentage of the total by function).

The recommended budget includes no property tax increases – with the property tax rate remaining at 40.05 cents per $100 of assessed value – and preserves Dare County’s delivery of high-quality services to residents, property owners and to visitors while meeting the objectives of the Dare County Board of Commissioners.

Capital improvement plan projects

The proposed budget for 2022-23 also includes funding for several capital improvement plan projects, including:

  • EMS Department MedFlight Helicopter Major Maintenance
  • New computers for the Dare County IT department, as well as a complete replacement of the audio visual system and screens in the Dare County Emergency Operations Center and 911 Communications Center
  • New state-compliant voting machines
  • Various Dare County School Improvements
  • Dare County Detention Center Renovations
  • New lighting installation for sports fields behind First Flight High School and First Flight Middle School
  • Replacement of public works facilities at Manteo and Buxton
  • Four new Public Works equipment (backhoe, loader, green climber and excavator)

water fund

Water pricing model update and recommended capital improvement plan for FY2023 completed, with budget proposing a 2% annual rate increase for water customers in unincorporated areas of Dare County over the next five years. This rate increase will provide funding for a variety of recommended projects, including $1 million to replace part of the water main that connects the villages of Avon and Buxton on Hatteras Island.

Pickup of bulky items

In addition to the water rate increase, $275,000 has been added to the proposed budget for fiscal year 2022-23 to contract out Dare County large item pickup service for unincorporated areas. in a county corporation. Although bulky item pickup has been performed by Dare County Public Works staff in years past, the county began contracting out the service to a private company in 2022 due to staffing shortages. and other requests and priorities within the department.

Dare County Schools

Dare County’s contribution to Dare County Schools for the 2022-2023 fiscal year is proposed to increase by $1.45 million over the prior fiscal year for total local funding of $26.7 million , which includes $25.3 million in current expenses, as well as $1.3 million for school nurses and school resource officers employed by the county.

In an effort to attract and retain educators, a $250,000 increase in local teacher supplements is being allocated to Dare County schools. According to the county executive’s proposed budget, the 2022-23 general fund expenditures for schools in Dare County total $4,901 per student.

Dare County Employees

The proposed budget also commits significant funding to the addition of several critical Dare County positions, including six new EMS positions (three EMS lieutenants, three EMT intermediaries and two EMT paramedics), a Department of Transportation driver, a chief grounds maintenance crew and a facilities maintenance technician for the Public Works Department, as well as three telecommunications for the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.

The recommended budget also includes $500,000 for the implementation of an employee classification and compensation study currently being conducted by Evergreen Solutions, a Florida-based public sector management consulting firm, as well as an adjustment to the 5% cost of living for part-time and part-time Dare County employees designed to help reduce county turnover and keep salaries competitive with similar local government agencies.

To view a video of Outten’s presentation of the county’s proposed budget at the May 12, 2022 Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting, click here and navigate to agenda item 10. To view the proposed manager’s full budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, please click here.

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