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Catawba County Budget Presented, New County Attorney Named
Jodi Stewart (pictured) was appointed to serve as Catawba County Attorney by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners June 1, 2021.

Catawba County Budget Presented, New County Attorney Named

Catawba County Manager Mick Berry has recommended a budget of $303.9M for Fiscal Year 2021-2022. The recommendation maintains the current property tax rate of $0.575 per $100 of valuation, which remains the second-lowest tax rate among 11 neighboring counties. The full budget recommendation may be viewed online here.

In addition, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners today (June 1) appointed former Catawba County Deputy Attorney Jodi Stewart to serve as Catawba County Attorney. Stewart brings more than 15 years of local government representation to the role of county attorney, including serving Catawba County for the past nine years.

After representing local governments in private practice, Stewart joined Catawba County in 2012 as assistant attorney and was promoted to deputy attorney in 2020. Stewart’s appointment was made following the recent retirement of longtime county attorney Debra Bechtel.

An Alexander County native, Stewart double-majored in Accounting and Political Science at Meredith College before obtaining her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her work, she has served the community on several local boards including the Women’s Resource Center, the Catawba County Bar Association and the Catawba County EMS Hardship Fund Committee.