New Hanover County Approves New Budget

Jun 19, 2017

New Hanover County Commissioners met Monday night to vote on the 2017 – 2018 county budget, which takes effect July 1. Not everyone in attendance was happy with the outcome.

The annual exercise of settling on a county budget came to an end last night, as New Hanover County Commissioners voted to approve the $327 million proposed budget.

Overall, the fiscal year 2017-18 budget is 1.7 percent higher than last year, with employee raises, public safety, education expenses, and investment in economic development contributing to rising expenses.

Prior to the public hearing on the budget cuts to 10 social service agencies, Commissioner Woody White announced that the numbers had been adjusted.

Continuum of Care for Homelessness, the Good Shepherd Center, Recovery Resource Center and Wilmington's Residential Adolescent Achievement Place, Inc. (WRAAP), all had some of their funding restored.

However the other six non-profit agencies did not.

The new budget includes an increase for the New Hanover County school system, as the funding per student is up from $2,670 to $2,700.