Proposed Budget

August 22 Budget Public Hearing

A Budget Public Hearing on the 2023 proposed budget and intent to exceed the revenue neutral rate will take place 6 p.m., Monday, August 22 in the Hearing Room at the County Administration Building, 111 Cherry St.


Live public comments, either In Person or Virtual, for the Budget Public Hearing will be accepted for those who have preregistered via the registration link. The registration link will open at 4 p.m., Friday, August 19, and close at 11 a.m., Monday, August 22. Individuals wishing to speak In Person, may also sign up in person starting 5:30 p.m., Monday, August 22.

Development of the 2023 Budget

Development of the 2023 fiscal year budget is in progress. County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson presented the proposed 2023 budget to the Board of County Commissioners on May 12, 2022.

The proposed budget includes an estimated mill levy of 24.568 mills, a decrease of nearly one mill.  This is comprised of the County Taxing District at 17.744 mills, Library Taxing District at 3.808 mills, and the Park and Recreation Taxing District at 3.016 mills.  The 2023 County Taxing District mill levy of 17.744 mills would be that taxing district’s  lowest mill levy rate since 2014.

The proposed budget totals $1.65 billion, with the proposed Capital Improvement Program totaling $264 million. View a summary of the 2023 budget below:

Summary of Proposed Budget

Timeline of the Budget Process

Graphic outlining key dates in the 2023 budget process

Development of the fiscal year budget takes places from January-August. The County Manager and Budget and Financial Planning staff present a proposed version of the budget to the BOCC in May.

The budget is later modified following a series of work sessions by the BOCC. A public hearing takes place in August, and the BOCC then adopts the final budget in September.

Here’s a timeline of key dates in the development of the 2023 fiscal year budget:

  • May 12: Budget overview due to BOCC
  • May 12-June 17: BOCC sessions to review proposed budget
  • June 17: BOCC considers final budget
  • June 23: BOCC sets max expenditure budget
  • Aug. 22: Public hearing on proposed budget
  • Sept. 1: Formal adoption of budget

Public Hearings

Public hearings for the budget are required each August, and if the county is to exceed the revenue neutral rate, a revenue neutral rate hearing is also required. This means that the county’s property tax revenue is to increase – even if the mill levy rate goes down.

If the county intends to exceed the revenue neutral rate in a given year, an estimated tax notice would be mailed to property owners with this information. You can learn more on our estimated tax notice webpage.

Public hearings are scheduled this August as the 2023 budget is considered: