New trash-disposal site included in budget

Published 6:44 pm Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The 2013-2014 fiscal-year budget for Beaufort County includes some good news for Chocowinity-area residents.

The budget, approved Monday by the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners and which takes effect July 1, includes $150,000 to cover planning and construction of a solid-waste convenience site in Chocowinity Township.

Users of the existing convenience center off Gray Road complain it’s inadequate to meet demands placed on it. County officials contend the new convenience center will solve that issue.

The 2013-2014 budget, approved by a 4-3 vote, closely reflects the recommended budget County Manager Randell Woodruff presented to the board in early May, with a net reduction to it of $276,048.

Under the approved budget, the Beaufort County Department of Social Services’ overall budget was reduced by $180,000.

The adopted 2013-2014 budget, proffered by Commissioner Al Klemm, reduces the number of replacement vehicles for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office from the recommended five vehicles to three, a reduction in expenditures of $54,000. The overtime budget for the sheriff’s office was reduced by $40,000 in the approved budget.

The Beaufort County Detention Center’s inmate-safekeeping budget (which mostly pays for inmates’ medical needs) was reduced by $100,000 in the new budget.

The new spending plan reduces the county’s use of its fund balance (rainy-day fund) by $215,000. Woodruff’s recommended budget called for taking $627,000 from the fund balance to help balance the upcoming budget.

The adopted budget restores $160,000 to Beaufort County Schools’ $12 million local current expense fund (day-to-day operations). In a nonbinding straw poll during a budget work session at the end of May, the board voted to reduce that fund by $160,000. The budget offered by Klemm called for all results of straw polls to be voided, which happened when the board approved the new budget.

For additional coverage of the board’s meeting, see future editions of the Washington Daily News.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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