The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider adopting a Fiscal Year 2015/2016 County budget at their meeting this morning (Monday, June 1). The Board meets at 9:30 a.m. at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. According to a news release from the county, the budget would invest in maintaining the Board’s goals of an average eight minute EMS response time; long-planned expansion of the Jail facility to meet an increasing jail population; restoring six day a week operation in the County parks; an additional Sheriff’s investigator; and increased investment in public education.The Board will consider a proposed County application for a 2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), which would be used to purchase equipment for specialized training to meet a JAG priority to reduce gun violence by providing active shooter response training to officers. The Board will also consider a request to appropriate $35,000 in existing fund balance of the Oxford Fire Department to the Department, which would use the funds to replace a brush truck.
And the Board will issue a proclamation declaring the third week of June 2015 as “Eat, Drink and Be Local Week”, which focuses annually on raising awareness of the importance of locally grown foods, both to the county economy and toward providing citizens with fresh, nutritious food options.