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County commissioners to have public hearing, workshop on $159 million budget

SALISBURY — Rowan County commissioners on Monday will have a workshop and public hearing for a 2020 fiscal year budget that keeps the tax rate the same and provides $15 million in debt capacity for capital needs in the Rowan-Salisbury School System.

Commissioners’ budget workshop will start at 1 p.m. in the Rowan County Administration Building — 130 West Innes Street. The workshop is open to the public.

During the workshop, commissioners will discuss changes they would like to make to County Manager Aaron Church’s budget, which spends $159.48 million from the general fund. That represents a $7.08 million or 4.64% increase from the current budget and is due in part to keeping the tax rate the same as property values rose in this year’s revaluation.

The tax rate in Church’s proposed budget is 66.25 cents.

Church’s budget provides $15 million in debt capacity for the Rowan-Salisbury School System to use in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. His budget also plans for an additional $60 million in the 2021 fiscal year. So, including roughly $6.5 million in debt capacity that county officials say the school system hasn’t used in the current year, RSS would have the ability to borrow up to $81.5 million for capital needs by June 30, 2021.

Church’s proposed budget also gives $1 million in debt capacity to Kannapolis City Schools for the 2020 fiscal year.

Also on Monday, commissioners will have a 6 p.m. public hearing for the budget at the Rowan County Administration Building. Following the public hearing, commissioners could give final approval to the budget.

But the budget is only one of several items commissioners will consider Monday.

Between the workshop and public hearing, commissioners will have their regularly scheduled meeting at 3 p.m.

Items on the regularly scheduled meeting agenda include:

• The presentation of a pay study for the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department.

• Considering updating county ordinances to ensure future developments include road widths wide enough for fire trucks and other equipment to safely operate.

Monday’s agenda says that includes adequate turnaround space and access to water points for firefighting.

• Considering whether to accept a financial guarantee from a subdivision developer instead of the developer completing remaining improvements in advance of a final map being approved for the Yorkshire Farms subdivision on Mooresville Road.

In a report, Assistant Planning Director Shane Stewart says staff’s primary concern is that the developer’s cost estimate for remaining improvements is not adequate.

• Considering naming an Interstate 85 service road Front Creek Road.

The road connects to Long Ferry Road and will be used to access a fulfillment center proposed by Chewy.com, which plans to bring more than 1,200 jobs to the area.

• Considering a rezoning request from Gregory Childs, who is asking that 3.73 acres of land on Long Ferry Road be rezoned to rural agricultural

• Receiving a three-minute presentation from Jaysa Causby, who has been selected by North Carolina 4-H to represent Rowan County at the Youth Voice Summit in conjunction with the NC Association of County Commissioners annual conference in August.

Considering a number of board appointments. Terrall Bryan and Flora White have applied for reappointment to three-year terms on the Adult Care Home Advisory Committee. Corey Hill has applied for reappointment to a three-year term on the Centralina Workforce Development Board.

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