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No tax hike in county’s $118.3M proposed budget

Multiple capital projects planned

Posted on May 11, 2022

Updated on May 12, 2022

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The Wilson County Goldsboro Street Office Building is slated for upgrades in the county’s 2022-23 proposed budget.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

The Wilson County Goldsboro Street Office Building is slated for upgrades in the county’s 2022-23 proposed budget.

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Denise Stinagle

Denise Stinagle

While taxes won’t increase for property owners under the 2022-23 proposed county budget, residents could see major capital improvements to various buildings and agencies throughout the county.

Wilson County Manager Denise Stinagle presented her recommended budget to county commissioners Monday. The spending plan includes improvements to public schools, the community college and government buildings, as well as allocations from federal COVID-19 relief funds for specific projects.

The proposed county budget totals roughly $118.3 million, which is a 2% increase from the current amended budget.

The current property tax rate of 73 cents per $100 in property valuation is unchanged in the manager’s budget. This represents the 15th year taxes haven’t increased for county property owners.

Commissioners and county officials are still in the midst of the annual budget process. Commissioners will hold a work session at 7 p.m. May 23. The meeting will allow for revisions and adjustments to the budget before commissioners take a final vote after a public hearing at 7 p.m. June 9.

PROPOSED BUDGET GOALS

Stinagle proposed capital outlay projects for county departments and buildings, including the following:

• $551,000 for boiler upgrades at the Wilson County Courthouse.

• $599,000 for heating, ventilating and air condition as well as roofing and exterior upgrades to the Wilson County Public Library’s main branch.

• $823,000 for roof repair at the Wilson County Agricultural Center.

• $523,000 to complete technology upgrades for network switches and migrate email to cloud-based access.

• More than $1 million for building upgrades to the Miller Road Government Center, Wilson County Board of Elections and the Goldsboro Street Office Building.

RAISES and ADDED POSITIONS

Several departments emphasized to county commissioners the need to increase salaries for current employees and positions. Stinagle is recommending all salary entry points move 3%, and to add an additional 2.5% for current employees.

Stinagle said with increased demands on services within the county, she is including several added positions to the budget, including the following:

• Capital improvement plan program manager. Commissioners have previously discussed the need for a capital projects engineer who would provide guidance on county projects and school facilities. During a personnel committee meeting, Chairman Rob Boyette noted that the county has to find a way to ensure best practices are followed when county dollars are involved.

• Three income maintenance caseworkers for the Wilson County Department of Social Services.

• Wilson County Sheriff’s Office major.

• Assistant finance director for the county.

• Environmental health specialist.

• A processing assistant and a public health nurse at the Wilson County Health Department.

• County water service technician.

• A grant-funded community paramedic.

EMS AND SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Stinagle’s proposed budget includes two replacement ambulances at $519,000 for Wilson County Emergency Medical Services and 22 replacement vehicles for the sheriff’s office.

Library services are funded at $3,090,423 under the proposed budget.

EDUCATION

The budget includes the annual $1 million capital outlay allocation for Wilson County Schools. The Wilson County Board of Education requested an additional $200,000 for rising material costs, but Stinagle has it set at $1 million. Her proposed budget would also reserve an additional $2 million for identified high school capital projects, Stinagle told commissioners.

Stinagle allotted roughly $23.8 million for the school district, an increase of 3% from the year before.

Stinagle also allocated Wilson Community College’s $674,000 capital needs request and about $2.6 million for the college’s budget, a roughly $71,000 increase.

A LOOK AHEAD

The American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds represent additional money available to support standard allowance government services, Stinagle said. She recommended designating $1.2 million for the sheriff’s office training facility and $2 million for the EMS East and North Central City stations, along with $1 million to supplement grant funding for the Senior Center Wellness Pavilion.

She said considering previous allocations, that brings the total to roughly $6.2 million that’s been designated for American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. She said all funding must be obligated by December 2024.

CURRENT YEAR FUNDING

• County commissioners appropriated an additional $485,000 outside of the normal 2021-22 budget cycle to fully fund the Beddingfield High School track renovations and Americans with Disabilities Act enhancements, Stinagle said. Commissioners also funded an additional $1.42 million for the Wilson Community College to complete Building S, which is the last building on the Lee Technology Campus. That building will house several trade programs.

• Construction began on the $25.7 million Wilson Academy of Applied Technology building. The county financed $10.3 million to supplement state funding and $2.7 million toward the Lee Woodard and Barnes elementary school upgrades. That alone totals $13 million.

• The county opened its third EMS station in Black Creek. That building’s $613,000 construction cost has been paid.

• Stinagle said the county initiated $1.2 million in safety and building upgrades at the Wilson County Detention Center and funded an additional $1.1 million for sheriff’s office and EMS equipment and vehicles.

“Wilson County has continued its strong reputation of coming together during difficult times,” Stinagle said. “Despite the years of COVID and various challenges, we have met and exceeded our service delivery to citizens.”

Stinagle said she’s grateful to work with the county government team and said the upgrades and improvements wouldn’t be possible without support from county commissioners and their “wise management” and love for Wilson County residents.

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