Actions taken at the June 7 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners

Here’s a list of actions taken at the June 7 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. We’ll have a full report in the June 15 issue of Xpress.

• The board unanimously passed amendments to several ordinances that will allow it to change fees on a number of Planning Department services, including erosion control permits and rezoning requests. The language of the amendments now calls for the Commissioners to evaluate the fees on a yearly basis as part of the budget process. They decided to present specific fee raises to the public at their June 21 meeting.

• The board held a public hearing on the county’s $303 million budget proposed for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Instead of tax increases, the proposal relies on cuts and $7.9 million in reserve funds. County departments shaved projected expenditures by $7.9 million, primarily by eliminating 93 staff positions. However, the proposal calls for a 1.7 percent increase in overall spending, mostly due to rising social-services and health insurance costs, as well as the expense of building two new intermediate schools.

• Commissioners heard budget presentations by representatives of the Buncombe County and Asheville City School systems, as well as A-B Tech.  Officials from all three of the school systems reported that they’re facing tough financial times due to proposed cuts in state funding.

• Commissioners voted unanimously to accept a new 700 MHZ simulcast radio system that Cassidian Communications offered to donate to the county. County officials said the new system will provide a significant radio communication upgrade to first responders. Cassidian Communications, an international company which is primarily established outside of the U.S., offered the approximately $6 million system to the county free of charge to try to help it establish itself in this country, said county officials.

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2 thoughts on “Actions taken at the June 7 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners

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  2. vaccinium

    I would like to submit the following accolade to say that after dealing with the Rutherford Co. diistrict attorney, I am thankful for the office of the district attorney here in Asheville. Ron Moore and his staff, notably Kate Dreher, are a fair and approachable member of the judicial body. Thank you Asheville District Attorney for your good judgement and your ease of accessability. I believe, in my judgement, that in my jaded sense of government, the District Attorneys office here in Asheville the office of the district attorney is one bright beacon in a corrupt and virus infected governing body.Thank you Ron Moore and staff for being the voice of the common folk here in Western North Carolina.

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