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Catawba County Manager Mary Furtado
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Recommended Catawba County Budget Presented to Commissioners

Catawba County Manager Mary Furtado presented a recommended budget of nearly $324-million for Fiscal Year 2024/25 to the Board of Commissioners during the board’s May 13 budget workshop. The full recommended budget and supporting documents are available online at CatawbaCountyNC.gov.

The County Manager’s recommended budget maintains a stable property tax rate of $0.3985 (39.85 cents) per $100 of valuation, which is the lowest in the region and the 8th lowest tax rate in North Carolina.

The total recommended budget increased by 8.1% driven primarily by inflationary pressures and planned fund investments in solid waste and water and sewer infrastructure. The General Fund budget recommendation of $250,435,039 reflects an increase of 3.6%, which is less than the annual rate of inflation.

The Board of Commissioners will hold a budget workshop with county departments and outside agencies on Wednesday, May 22, starting at 8 a.m. On Thursday, May 23, the board will convene a Southeastern Catawba County Water & Sewer District budget hearing at 6:50 p.m., followed by a county budget public hearing. The board is expected to approve a final budget for both the county and the water & sewer district during its regular meeting on Monday, June 3, which begins at 6:50 p.m. The workshop, hearings, and regular meeting are all open to the public and will be held in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room at the Catawba County Justice Center on Government Center Drive in Newton.