Four candidates are battling for two seats on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. In each case, these contenders hold vastly different views on a range of issues, from taxes and spending to growing the economy and protecting the environment. Also at stake is which party holds a voting majority on the board. Here’s a closer look at those races.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will convene tonight, July 8, with the primary order of business being the final adoption of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget put on hold at the previous meeting on June 17. The budget estimates $280.3 million in expenditures for the county and holds the tax rate steady at current levels.
Asheville City Council unanimously approved a $147 million budget June 24, holding the property tax rate steady and committing to major new pedestrian infrastructure projects such as sidewalks and greenways.
Amid ongoing budget deliberations, on June 17 Buncombe County commissioners heard appeals from local schools for more funds and decided to delay contentious decisions on whether to relocate the Health and Human Services Department and build a new aquatics center.
Asheville’s proposed 2014-2015 operating budget maintains the property tax rate, according to documents in City Council’s agenda packet for the Tuesday, June 10, meeting. Council will review the budget and take public comment on the proposed $147.5 million proposal, which includes a 3 percent pay increase across the board for city employees but keeps the tax rate at 46 […]
Amid rising demand for services and confronted with a $44.3 million expansion plan, Buncombe County commissioners floated the idea June 3 of moving the Health and Human Services Department out of its facility in downtown Asheville to save costs.
Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene is recommending commissioners hold the tax rate steady this year and borrow $44.3 million for a new downtown Asheville building addition and parking deck. Her budget proposal, which she’ll present to the board of commissioners Tuesday, June 3, calls for keeping the county-wide property tax rate at 60.4 cents per […]
On Tuesday, May 20, Buncombe County will consider a request from Moogfest for $250,000 in public funding to produce the technology, art and music festival again next year.
After nearly a year of debate, Buncombe County commissioners unanimously voted Jan. 14 to spend $40.5 million to build a new Asheville Middle School.
Asheville City Council’s 2013 was marked by financial turmoil, the first major tax hike in more than a decade, the demise of a long-standing festival, and major fights with the Legislature in Raleigh.
It was a historic year for Buncombe County government, as the first Board of Commissioners to be elected by districts took the reins.
With less than a week before the first day of school begins, close to 200 local teachers and education advocates argued that state legislators need to be taught a lesson this November after failing students, teachers and public schools with budget cuts adopted this summer. (Photo by Max Cooper)
Buncombe County Schools Superintendent Tony Baldwin released a statement today, Friday, July 26, about the local impact of the state budget — particularly when it comes to teaching assistants.
Three recent community meetings gave Buncombe County residents a chance to raise concerns with the Board of Commissioners.
Residents raised a wide variety of issues and concerns with Buncombe County commissioners during a July 9 community meeting in Enka.
Buncombe Commissioners unanimously passed an interim budget June 28 as they wait for the state to decide on a whether to allow the county to create an independent Cultural and Recreation Authority.
After hearing from dozens of residents who spoke out on the matter June 25, Buncombe County commissioners denied a request to expand where motor sports facilities can be built.
After a season of uncertainty, Asheville City Council unanimously passed a budget tonight that includes the city’s first major property tax increase in more than a decade. Most of the increase will go to fund improved road maintenance and a wish list of projects intended to spur economic development. Photo by Max Cooper
Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners are meeting today, June 25, to discuss budget plans. See live updates from the meetings here via Twitter.
Buncombe County commissioners may likely delay their vote today on a $337 million budget. The source of the postponement appears to be the contentious behind-the-scenes debate over state legislation that would allow them to create an independent Cultural and Recreation Authority that consolidates services offered by the county and municipalities within Buncombe. Some commissioners say they weren’t consulted about a recent amendment to the CRA bill, and it’s unclear whether a majority of commissioners supported the amendment.
At the end of a rollercoaster budget season marked by dire predictions, unpredictability at the state level, and Asheville City Council members trying to find the cash for their own plans, there’s finally a vote on the budget this evening. For the first time since 1995, city residents could see a major tax increase, intended to pay for an “aspirational” list of major projects.