Cumberland County’s property tax rate will not change next fiscal year after the Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a budget proposed by County Manager Clarence Grier.
The tax rate will remain at 79.9 cents per $100 valuation, according to a county news release.
The budget includes just under $576 million in expenditures across all county operations, with $382 million appropriated for the general fund, the release said.
The annual solid waste fee will be reduced from $130 to $93, though some landfill tipping fees will increase.
County employees will get a 4% cost-of-living pay raise as part of a compensation plan to address employee retention and recruitment, the release said. It provides $100,000 to give new sheriff’s deputies and detention officers $2,500 hiring bonuses.
The recommendations of a countywide compensation study are expected in August.
The budget will provide $87.5 million for Cumberland County Schools, representing 43.47% of all property tax revenue and an increase of $3.2 million from 2023, the release said. Additionally, $1.9 million is provided for school nurses and $2.9 million for resource officers and crossing guards.
Fayetteville Technical Community College will get $15.47 million, an increase of $1.2 million over last year.
The budget continues to address the commissioners’ priorities, including:
Other provisions of the budget include:
The annual solid waste fee would nearly double from $56 to $93 to provide for expansion of the Ann Street Landfill. This fee is charged to residential properties with seven or fewer units, the news release said, adding that the current fee is lower than that in neighboring counties.
Tipping fees would rise by $2 for municipal solid waste; construction and demolition, and mixed loads and by $4 for yard waste at the Wilkes Road processing facility.