Adopts FY 2013-14 Budget, State Has Not
Bladen County Commissioners, using the
best estimates available to them, approved
their FY 2013-14 budget Monday evening.
In the meantime, the state has not adopted a
budget and the NC House, Senate and
Governor's budget proposals are from one end
of the spectrum to the other.
local agencies, DSS, Schools and others are
funded by federal, state and local funds.
Bladen County's current budget is their
"best guess" based on information from
various sources in Raleigh including the
North Carolina Association of County
Commissioners. However, nothing is
sure until the state budget is adopted.
A conference committee will negotiate the
differences and then return to their various
bodies and hold a vote, if approved it moves
on to the Governor for his signature..
In the NC House Plan, Bladen County would
gain $224,166 according to NCACC numbers.
However, if the current Senate plan were to
be adopted the county would receive $483,182
less than the current year, mostly due to
cutting of nearly $1 million in sales tax
Based on the Senate
version, the county would be forced to cut
services, re-levy sales tax on food or
increase property taxes and some of those
options would have to approved by the state
The state legislature
has less than 2 weeks to complete their
budget by the June 30 deadline.
Meanwhile, Bladen County government and area
towns are moving on using their best
estimates, hopeful the numbers work...