Hoke commissioners pass budget, no tax increase

By Catharin Shepard • Editor • The Hoke County Board of Commissioners voted last week in a resumed meeting to approve the 2024-2025 fiscal year budget, which did not include a tax increase.

The total budget came in at $75.2 million in spending, balanced against the same amount in estimated revenues from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025. The budget ordinance kept the tax rate at 73 cents per $100 valuation of property listed as of January 1, 2024. The county estimated the tax collection rate based on the 2023 collection of 97.43 percent, according to the ordinance, which was signed by Chairman James Leach dated June 27, 2024.

The largest local expenditures in the budget are to public schools with $10.8 million; the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office with $9.5 million (additional $5.3 million for the Hoke County Jail); Hoke County Department of Social Services with $9.2 million; Hoke County Health Department with $4.6 million; special appropriations with $4.2 million; Public Buildings at $2.8 million; HATS with $2.3 million; Recreation with $2 million; Communications at $1.8 million; public assistance with $1.5 million; Senior Services with $1.3 million, Finance with $1.3 million; and Information Technology with $1 million.

The county appropriated $4.9 million for solid waste and $13.3 million for the water and sewer fund.

The county’s fire departments will receive the following amounts for the new fiscal year, based on the $3,917,683 of fire tax money appropriated in the fire district fund:

•North Raeford – $227,050; 10-cent fire tax rate

•Puppy Creek – $1,304,500; eight-cent fire tax rate

•Rockfish – $559,159; nine-cent fire tax rate

•Hillcrest – $721,300; 10-cent fire tax rate

•West Hoke – $225,405; nine-cent fire tax rate

•Pine Hill – $225,246; 10-cent fire tax rate

•Tylertown – $88,443; 13-cent fire tax rate

•Stonewall – $279,146; 10-cent fire tax rate

•Aberdeen – $62,529; 10-cent fire tax rate

•Antioch – $202,641; 10-cent fire tax rate

•North Scotland – $22,264; five-cent fire tax rate

The approved budget ordinance is available to view below. Hoke-County-Budget-Ordinance_Executed_approved-20240627

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