The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met this morning (June 2) in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
The Commissioners adopted the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 County Budget that leaves the property tax rate unchanged at 53 cents per $100 of property valuation while increasing investments in education, economic development and public safety.
The Board accepted a Carolina Thread Trail Implementation Grant for $87,000. The grant will be used to complete a portion of the Thread Trail near the Government Center and the Heritage Trail greenway in Newton. They also approved a set of outcome revisions in the current Social Services budget to reflect changes in state and federal policy or local decisions made since those outcome goals were originally set.
The Board adopted a new debt management policy that would be incorporated into the FY 2014-15 budget. The new policy establishes a framework for debt management as a part of the county’s efforts to improve its bond rating.
The Board declared a county vehicle as surplus with the purpose of donating it to the Catawba Fire Department. The Commissioners also voted to accept an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant that will be used to purchase mobile equipment needed to provide families with child ID cards. The grant will also provide an upgrade to a system that extracts forensic data from mobile devices.
In addition, the Commissioners approved a request from Sheriff Coy Reid that his son, Sean Reid, be hired as a Deputy Sheriff.
The Board recognized an Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award, presented by the Alliance for Innovation, to Social Services’ Child Wellbeing Project, which works with families when children leave foster care under age 16 for their reunified, guardianship or adoptive families. Finally, the Board saw a presentation on the United Way’s 2-1-1 phone service that provides around-the-clock, free, confidential information and referrals regarding local agencies and services.