County budget to decline, tax rate to remain steady

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By Dave Taylor

Carroll County Fiscal Court appears poised to adopt a 2010-11 budget that is similar to its current spending plan.

The county’s projected budget for 2010-11 is $10.82 million, according to Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson. Carroll County Fiscal Court held the first reading of the budget during their May 11 meeting.

The budget amount “is a little less than last year,” Tomlinson told magistrates Mark Bates, Floyd Bowling and Dean Miller. “It is based on the same tax rate so there will be no increase on taxes.”

The 2009-10 budget totalled $11,014,888 and was based on a tax rate of 4.5 percent, as reported by The News-Democrat on May 27, 2009.

“The budget includes the same contributions to the cities and county fire departments” as those in the 2009-10 budget, Tomlinson said.

Contributions include $30,000 to each fire department in the county, and $20,000 to each of the small communities.

The budget has been forwarded to the state for review. Fiscal Court may finalize its spending plans for the coming year at its May 25 meeting or the first meeting in June, Tomlinson said.