The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will hear from the public about its proposed $400 million budget for fiscal year 2017 during its meeting on Tuesday, June 7. Commissioners will also swear-in and introduce Tim Moffitt, the Buncombe County GOP’s selection to fill the District 3 seat vacated by Miranda DeBruhl. Lastly, commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed zoning amendment.
Familiar face, new role
Kicking off the meeting will be Moffitt’s official swearing-in and introduction to the Board of Commissioners. Moffitt spent two terms in the State House before being defeated by Brian Turner in 2014. The District 3 seat will be up for election this November and Moffitt has not yet expressed his intentions about running for the two-year term. If he chooses not to run, Buncombe County Republican leadership has expressed confidence in the pool of available candidates. You can read more about the choices Republican leadership faces in regard to November’s District 3 and Chair races here.
The county’s proposed budget has been finalized and commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed $407,169,686 spending plan. The budget holds the property tax rate at 60.4 cents per $100 of valued property with the caveat that property revaluations will arrive in mid-January and generate more revenue for the county. Last week, commissioners heard budget requests from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools. You can read about those proposals here.
Earlier in the year, commissioners heard budget requests from 48 local nonprofits totalling $7.2 million, which you can read about here.
Now it’s the public’s turn to chime in on the proposed spending plan. In advance of public comment, you can view County Manager Wanda Greene’s most recent budget presentation here.
Commissioners will hold a public hearing concerning the rezoning of a nearly 39-acre parcel of land known as Arlington Properties, adjacent to Piney Mountain Drive in East Asheville. County staff say the applicant is planning on building an apartment complex on the land, but needs additional approval to do so. Staff is recommending approval of the rezoning and the county’s Planning Board unanimously recommended approval. You can view the proposed zoning amendment here and read staff’s analysis here.
You can view the agenda for Tuesday, June 7, in its entirety here. Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, June 21 to vote on the proposed budget.