Wayne County prepares to adopt its financial plan for the next fiscal year.
Wayne County Manager Craig Honeycutt read his budget message to the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday and noted the trying times that impacted the budget’s preparation.
Honeycutt says there is no tax increase included in the proposed budget, with the rate set at 66.35 cents for every $100 in valuation.
Under the new budget, Wayne County’s tax rate would still remain lower than all surrounding counties.
Honeycutt says sales tax revenues are projected to be down approximately 10% due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to balance the budget, Honeycutt says the county has been trying to limit new positions and there will be a freeze on rehiring for many vacant positions.
The county has also made the difficult choice to eliminate its non-emergency medical transport service, WayneNet.
The Wayne County Board of Commissioners needs to approve the 2020-2021 budget before July 1st.
The complete budget is available for review on the Wayne County Government website.