County revenue flat

By Vicki Hyatt | Apr 25, 2014
Photo by: Vicki Hyatt Haywood County commissioners and the county's management team met in a work session last week to consider the upcoming budget, which must be approved no later than June 30.

Despite a seemingly improved national economy, the county is looking at a flat revenue picture and a tough budgeting time when it comes to planning the 2014-15 fiscal year budget.

During a recent county commissioner work session, County Finance Officer Julie Davis told the board projected revenues are about $400,000 in arrears, and revenues for the coming year don’t paint a much rosier picture.

The county expected to receive $39. 6 million in property tax revenue, and while taxes were due by the first of the year, only 96.1 percent has been collected.

So far this fiscal year, less than half the projected $11.75 million in sales tax revenue has been collected, which is down only slightly from last year, Davis said.

An unusual pattern for the past two years, she noted, is that sales tax revenues have been higher in October than in December, a turnaround from previous times.

Davis said she isn't overly alarmed by the shortfall year-to-date, but called an overall $400,000 revenue shortfall "a bit problematic."

On the bright side, building activity in Haywood, based on permits issued in February and March, show an uptick, and when Duke LifePoint Healthcare purchases the current nonprofit hospital and affiliated holdings in Haywood, sales taxes will be collected.

Statewide, a 3 to 4 percent increase from sales taxes is projected, but Davis is projecting a 5.2 percent increase in Haywood.

"That reflects the hospital tax they generally get back," Davis said. "In addition to that, Amazon now charges sales tax to the point of delivery, so we should see a boost from that."

 

Comments (2)
Posted by: Linda Sexton | Apr 25, 2014 08:45

The commissioners working on the budget really need to take a look at our Sheriff's Department.  On a recent visit, I became very aware that the computers they are using are woefully inadequate and ancient.  In today's fast paced world, our officers need to have tools at their disposal that work well.  In an election year I am sure no one wants to be the person who says "we need more money for the county" but the commissioners need to look at all of the various county departments and services and bring them up to speed.  This will help to insure the safety and well being of all of Haywood County's residents.



Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Apr 25, 2014 10:21

                      Absolutely!

                      Several years ago a certain and particular young man drove up my 20mph. designated road at app.75mph, missed the 90 degree curve leading to my house and came thru my yard bouncing off my wild plum tree spinning around and t-boning my front porch/walkway that serves as a root cellar in the basement. He was proven to be drunk. He was arrested held in Haywood, bonded out and returned to Buncombe county where he avoided justice simply because the counties did not communicate with each other. And! It appeared they didn't want to. For whatever reason. We followed this judged criminal around to Madison and Buncombe county courts. He served time in Madison for burglary and drunkedness,et. In Buncombe he was released on bond and his attourney asked him if there were any more outstanding incidents he needed to address. I attempted to slap our judgement in his hands but he fled. We talked to his parole officer who claimed no knowledge of his any wrongdoing nor whereabouts, whereby we informed him that criminal was just in  a scheduled court appearance he claimed not to be aware of. All the while there was an outstanding warrant from Haywood for failure to appear!

             We talked with Buncombe county prosecuter, police of allstripes about serving warrant so he could be brought back to Haywood and we could get some justice. Nothing. Eventually found out counties did not have linked computers. In this day and age!

              Enter the "drunk woman"! As I affectiontley call her. Ellen of MADD. After consulting with her she jumped on this case like a rabid dog in heat. Because of her and several of the arresting officers, counties linked-up and eventually he was caught.

 

     C.Z.



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