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Catawba County's proposed 2012-13 fiscal year budget includes millions of dollars for school construction, as well as funding for three new sheriff's office patrol deputies.
The budget also proposes to maintain a current property tax rate of 53 cents per $100 of valuation, which is the eighth lowest of the state’s urban counties and the 28th lowest rate of all 100 counties.
The county's total $226 million budget for fiscal year 2012-13 increases $29.5 million compared to the last fiscal year, with most of the increased costs stemming from the one-time school construction projects.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners holds budget hearings from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. May 29 at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.
Public hearings are at the courthouse at 7 p.m. May 31.
Commissioners plan to adopt the budget June 4.
To review the county’s full budget, visit catawbabountync.gov/budget.
To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.