County to spend more on schools, safety

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.

Budget calendar
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

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.