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Burke Commissioners pass $109M budget, maintains 56-cent property tax rate

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The Burke Board of Commissioners approved the $109 million budget for fiscal year 2024-25, maintaining a 56-cent property tax rate and modestly increasing school funding.

  • Budget Approval:

    • Unanimously approved by the Board.
    • Longtime member Johnnie Carswell praised it as the best budget in 13 years.
  • Key Allocations:

    • Public Safety: 30% of general fund.
    • Health and Human Services: 26%.
    • Education: 23%, including a $250,000 increase.
  • Challenges Overcome:

    • Addressed a $2.2 million deficit due to inflation and state mandates.
  • Courthouse Renovations:

    • Approved $2.65 million grant-funded renovations.
  • Additional Approvals:

    • Zoning change and easement for parking at Paddy’s Creek Trail.

A full version of this story will be included in Saturday's edition of The Paper.