Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved the budget on June 16, 2008. The budget is provided in PDF format, which can be viewed or printed using Adobe Acrobat. See the link at the bottom of the page if you want to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat.
Click on the categories below to get information about the budget.
- Budget Guide and Table of Contents
- Budget at a Glance: Provides a snapshot of the budget and key facts, such as total spending by the major funds, property tax rate and tax base, etc.
- Budget Message: Provides a high-level view of the budget and the major goals of the County Manager in preparing it.
- Revenue and Expenditure Assumptions:
- Revenue Assumptions: Provides details about how staff arrived at projections for major revenues. Includes economic indicators. Includes major changes in revenues (tax increase, fee increases, and new fees) and the explanation for these.
- Expenditure Assumptions: Itemizes approved expansion items, which includes new personnel and new programs. Costs of each are stated in terms of the tax rate, if commissioners want to make cuts. Explains increases in the continuation budget. Explains how the budget relates to the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and which CIP projects are funded. Projects impact of fund balance appropriation on long-term fund balance.
- Summary of General Fund Expenses & Revenues: Shows total revenues and expenditures by categories. Key elements of the summaries include:
- Two prior years of actual revenues and expenditures, so that trends can be seen.
- Percentage increase/decrease from the current year budget to next year.
Major General Fund Expense Categories
- Administration: Includes departments which provide support functions for other departments.
- Culture & Education: Includes departments that provide education, library services, and recreation.
- General Government: Includes departments that carry out mandated functions and support the overall governance of the county.
- Human Services: Includes departments that provide services which enhance the health and welfare of county residents.
- Natural Resources: Includes departments involved in regulation and permitting of development.
- Public Safety: Includes departments that provide services which enhance the safety of county residents.
- Enterprise Funds (Waste Management and Water): Enterprise funds are special operating budgets for departments that are run like businesses. The revenues of these funds, including Water and Waste Management, are expected to cover expenses without general fund subsidy (or property tax dollars).
- Other Funds:
- Fire Districts: Fire districts are established by the residents who live in the district. Fire service is provided by incorporated non-profit volunteer fire departments. The County Commissioners have the responsibility of levying the fire district tax at the request of the fire department.
- Special Revenue Funds: Special revenue and reserve funds account for the proceeds of special revenue sources that are restricted to expenditures for certain purposes. For example, school impact fees can only be used for new or expanded school facilities.
Long-Term Facility Plans (these are known as Capital Improvement Plans, used to fund major construction of new facilities, renovations or major equipment needs)
County Financial Audit Information
To view the county's most recent financial audits, click here.