The closely divided vote on the 2014-15 budget came on the last day of the fiscal year.
"It creates a tremendous amount of heartburn, the idea that we've got to raise taxes on the people of Union County," said commissioner
The budget passed 3-2. Thomas and commissioner
With the new budget, the tax rate on real estate and personal property moves from
That means the tax bill for a
Several neighboring counties kept their tax rates the same for the fiscal year that starts Tuesday, with Mecklenburg at
This was the first time Union commissioners raised taxes since 2007, and it capped a second consecutive year where commissioners and the school board had often been at odds over the budget.
Last year, the school board successfully sued the county over the amount of money it was to get from the county, winning
"The past 12 months has been a strenuous, arduous and painful process," commissioners Vice Chair
Amid additional squabbling between commissioners and the school board this year, state Sen.
The bill also set minimum funding levels for the school district. The dollar figure is near the amount the two sides had been discussing but still much less than the school board had hoped for.
The bottom line: The school district is receiving
The total county general operating fund for 2014-15 is
For the first time, the county presented its tax rate as two components: school district funding, and all other county functions, from libraries to the sheriff's department. County operations did not contribute to the tax increase.
The split tax rate upset school board members who felt they were being unfairly singled out. People still will receive one tax bill though.
Also in the budget, residential water and sewer rates increase by 6.5 percent each year for the next three years, mostly to cover system maintenance and improvements. The average monthly customer bill moves from
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