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COUNTY OF WARREN BUDGET PRESENTATION FY 2009-2010. Linda T. Worth, County Manager. ANNUAL BUDGET SUBMISSION. In accordance with the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act, I submit to the Board of County Commissioners the recommended Fiscal Year 2009-10 Budget for Warren County.

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Linda T. Worth, County Manager

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In accordance with the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act, I submit to the Board of County Commissioners the recommended Fiscal Year 2009-10 Budget for Warren County.

This proposed budget is respectfully submitted as a working document.

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Budget Components



  • E-911 FUND



    • Regional Water Fund

    • Districts I, II, & III Water Funds

    • Solid Waste Fund

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  • The current economic recession fueled by record unemployment, declining banking, manufacturing, and housing industries, coupled with rising healthcare and prescription drug costs has had a substantial effect on Warren County’s operating costs and revenue generation in FY 09. The economic downturn is expected to continue through FY 10.

  • In FY 10 we anticipate the following reductions in revenues from the current year:

    Investment Earnings -61.3%, Sales Taxes -23.7%, Restricted/Unrestricted State Grants -11.4%,

    Permits & Fees -21.3%, Sales & Services -6.5%,

    Other Taxes & Licenses (Excise Tax) -50%

  • Employee health insurance rates will increase 14.8% based on our current health benefits package. Dental rates decreased -4.8%. The increase in health insurance costs in FY 10 is estimated to be $254,443.

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Effective FY 10, the State of NC will permanently

relieve counties of the Medicaid burden. However, the trade-off is the anticipated loss in FY 10 of sales tax revenues of $691,000 as part of the State’s Medicaid Relief Plan.

We have budgeted $17,046 in Medicaid spending to pay claims received after June 30th.

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  • Many local jurisdictions and the State of NC are considering laying off and/or furloughing employees, and/or implementing hiring freezes and salary reductions to make-up for anticipated revenue deficits.

  • Because of the uncertainty of meeting our revenue projections, I am not proposing a cost of living adjustment (COLA) and no position reclassifications or salary upgrades for county employees. I urge the Board to consider freezing salaries at their current levels in FY 10, excepting those positions that reclassify with additional certifications, i.e. EMS positions progressing from Basic to Intermediate and Paramedic levels.

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  • A third EMS crew (6 new positions) was approved in the current year’s budget, effective 1/1/09.

  • In FY 10, we will incur a full year’s cost of these additional staff , resulting in an increase in Salaries & Fringes in the EMS budget of $185,589.

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  • I am recommending that only a minimal amount of undesignated fund balance be appropriated to help balance the budget in the event revenues decline greater than anticipated in FY 10. Undesignated fund balance is the county’s only source of “rainy day” emergency funds.

  • Undesignated fund balance appropriated in the FY 10 proposed budget totals $1,153,615 as compared with $1,963,466 in FY 09. This is a 41.2% reduction in the use of undesignated fund balance.

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  • The revenue-neutral tax rate, as defined by G.S. 159-11(e) is the rate that is estimated to produce revenue for the next fiscal year equal to the revenue for the current fiscal year if no reappraisal had occurred. The rate is then adjusted by a growth factor equal to the average annual percentage increase in the tax base due to improvements since the last general reappraisal.

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  • The reappraisal produced a tax base of $2,500,000,000 for Warren County.

  • The tax levy for the current fiscal year is $12,352,932, and the average growth factor since the last general reappraisal is 3%

  • The tax collection rate is 94%

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  • Using the formula mandated by state law, the revenue-neutral tax rate for Warren County is 50.9 cents or 51 cents rounded to the nearest penny

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Revenue-Neutral Tax Rate Calculation

FY 09 Ad Valorem Levy 12,352,932

Avg Tax Base Increase (3%) +370,588


94% Collection Rate Applied _ x .94

Estimated Tax Levy – If No Reval 11,960,109

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Estimated Tax Base FY 10 2,500,000,000

Revenue-Neutral Tax Rate x .509


94% Tax Collection Rate Applied x .94

FY 10 Estimated Tax Levy 11,961,500 *

*There is a minimal difference in this levy amount and the amount on the

previous screen due to rounding the tax rate up 3 places

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  • A General Fund Budget of $27,944,986 with a proposed Tax Rate of $.61/100 valuation. This recommended budget is 1% or $272,932 less than the current year’s revised budget of $28,217,918.

  • The tax rate is based upon an estimated assessed valuation of taxable property of $2,500,000,000 and an estimated collection rate of 94%. As a result of revaluation, the assessed valuation of taxable property increased by $1,071,582,895 over last year’s valuation of $1,428,417,105.

  • A penny on the tax rate equals $235,000 (last year’s one cent equivalent was $134,271).

  • The amount of undesignated fund balance applied to the General Fund is $1,153,615 representing a decrease of 41.2% from the current year’s $1,963,466 appropriation.

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Coll Ad Valorem%

YearTax BaseRateTaxesChange

2009-10 $2,500,000,000 94% $14,335,000 +16%

2008-09 $1,428,417,105 94% $12,352,932 +11%

2007-08 $1,373,481,578 94.5% $11,109,683 +5%

2006-07 $1,338,403,806 94.5% $10,624,236

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  • 5 replacement vehicles in Sheriff’s Dept. - $132,750 (vehicle costs + equipment)

  • 2 new vehicles in the Sheriff’s Dept. for 2 new positions - $96,640 (vehicle cost + equipment)

  • 1 replacement vehicle in DSS - $25,838

  • 1 used vehicle - $10,500 in Buildings & Grounds Dept.

  • 1 Ambulance Remount - $73,200 (vehicle cost + equipment)


  • 1 Full-Time Housekeeper in Buildings & Grounds (Effective 1/1/10) - $13,460

  • 50% to 100% Administrative Assistant II in HR Department - $16,369

  • 80% to 100% Library Clerk - $6,169

  • Deputy Sheriff Investigator Sgt – Narcotics in Sheriff’s Dept. - $59,801

    (Salary/Fringes, Equipment, Uniforms, Gas/Vehicle Expense)

  • Deputy Sheriff Investigator – Narcotics in Sheriff’s Dept. - $55,428

    (Salary/Fringes, Equipment, Uniforms, Gas/Vehicle Expense)

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  • Fire Radio System Repairs - $500,000 (Installment Purchase Loan) in

    Emergency Services Dept.

  • Accessibility Renovations to Mental Health Building that currently houses Tax

    Administration & Finance Offices - $70,000 (Installment Purchase Loan) in

    Building & Grounds Dept.

  • Renovations to Old Library to House Tax Administration - $59,000

    (Installment Purchase Loan) in Buildings & Grounds Dept.

  • Sewer System Repairs at Detention Center -$25,000 in Buildings & Grounds

  • EMS Capital Equipment - $60,000 (Cardiac Support Pumps)

  • Buildings & Grounds Capital Equipment - $21,000 (Tractor/Backhoe)


    Fire Radio Repairs P & I - $61,554

    Old Library Renovations P & I - $6,570

    Mental Health Building Renovation P & I – 7,794

    Armory Renovation P&I - $24,622

    New Tech School - $62,348

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The future of Warren County’s Senior Center has been in limbo in FY 09 as we worked with the Kerr-Tar COG to keep the Center open. It has become clear the only viable option to keep the Center open is to bring it under the County’s umbrella of services. I am recommending the Board consider making the Warren County Senior Center a Department of County Government in FY 10.

A departmental budget of $333,266 is recommended that will be supported by grants in the amount of $242,365, leaving a balance of 90,901 to be funded by the county. Warren County annually appropriates $48,000 to match the HCCBG grant, which leaves a balance of $42,901 in new funding needed to continue providing critical senior services in Warren County.

Center positions that would become part of the County’s Job Classification Plan:

1 Director - $43,680; 1 Office Assistant - $27,972 ;

1 P/T Nutrition Site Manager - $12,851; and 1 PT Activity Coordinator - $17,543

NOTE: Position costs include salaries and fringes.

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In FY 09 funding for non-profits was removed from the budget. However, as we move forward through the recession, it is clear that Warren County cannot provide all the services our citizens may need or desire. We must consider partnering with our local non-profit organizations that provide a myriad of services, including housing and housing rehabilitation, educational opportunities, marketing and economic development activities, assistance for victims of domestic violence, food pantry, preservation of our historic landmarks and resources, exposure to the arts, and senior services to name a few.

$54,500 is recommended in the FY 10 budget for appropriation to 15 local non-profit organizations. This small infusion of financial assistance may help these organizations remain viable through the recession so they can continue to provide much needed services in our community.

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Enterprise Funds Summary

Solid Waste Fund

This budget reflects a 1% increase from the current year due to increased

costs of fuel and related costs associated with solid waste hauling and

disposal. We are recommending the household fee remain at the

current level of $105/household.

$201,314 is appropriated from the Solid Waste Fund Balance. This

amount represents an 18% increase over last year’s appropriation. There

is no reserve anticipated in the Solid Waste Fund for FY 10.

Position Request

50% to 100% Administrative Assistant II - $16,369 - Recommended

There are no vehicle or major capital equipment purchases anticipated.

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Water and Sewer District Funds

The cost of water purchased from the Kerr Lake Regional Water

System (KLRWS) increased by 6% for FY 10, following a 5% increase

in FY 09, and a 14% increase in FY 08.

As a result of the current increase, the fixed rate for water customers on

the KLRWS is recommended to be increased by $1.00 and the water

rate/1000 gal. increased by $.25 for FY 10. For customers receiving water

from Northampton County, it is recommended the fixed rate be

increased by $1.00.

It is recommended that sewer rates/1000 gallons for all customers be

increased by $.25 for FY 10.

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This proposed budget continues the forward momentum of Warren County during a period of economic instability. We continue to budget conservatively in our revenue projections and departmental expenditures which has served us well in the current and past fiscal years.

We have endeavored to improve and maintain our county’s buildings and facilities that were sorely neglected for many years. We are proud of our new Library, Recreation Complex, Animal Shelter, renovated Tax Building to house the Clerk of Court & Judicial Services, satellite parks, including the Magnolia-Ernest Recreation Complex at Soul City. We are anticipating moving forward with the following projects in FY 10:

Capital Projects

  • Satellite Park in Roanoke Township

  • Renovation of the Old Library to house Tax Administration

  • Accessibility renovations to the Mental Health Building to house County Administration and Finance

  • Two EMS Satellite Facilities

  • Armory Renovation Project (Golden Leaf and County Funded Project)

  • New Tech High School (Board of Education & County Funded Project)

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Public Safety

  • 2 new Deputy Sheriff Investigators – Narcotics positions in the Sheriff’s Department to crack down on drug trafficking in the County

  • Gang officer on board to educate the public and prevent the spread of gangs in the County

  • Funding for Repairs and Upgrades to the Fire Radio System to improve emergency communications which is critical to public safety

    Effective & Efficient County Government

  • It is recommended that employee travel continue to be restricted to essential travel for maintenance of certifications, licenses, and mandatory training sessions. Where possible, one employee should be designated to represent the department at informational sessions

  • We are in the process of upgrading heating/cooling/lighting systems in all county-owned buildings to ensure maximum fuel and energy efficiency

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Many thanks to our County Finance Director , Mr. Barry

Mayo; Accounting Manager, Mrs. Gloria Edmonds, and the

entire Finance Office Staff; the County Manager’s Office

Staff; HR Manager; Facilities & Capital Equipment

Committee; IT Committee; Fleet Management Committee;

all County Department Heads and Staff for the input and

Assistance rendered during the preparation of this proposed


Respectfully submitted,

Linda T. Worth, County Manager