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Approved 2011-2012 County Budget

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On June 6, 2011, the Chatham County Commissioners adopted the FY 2011-12 Budget.

The budget is provided below 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 each of the category links below to get information about the budget.

  • Cover Page
  • GFOA Award
  • Budget Guide and Table of Contents   
  • Budget at a Glance & Reader's Guide: A two-page summary showing major expense categories, approved tax rate and reader's guide to the detailed budget 
  • Budget Message: Provides a detailed overview of the proposed budget, such as budget savings strategies and reductions, revenue assumptions, budget process, revenue sources and fees, fund transfers, total spending by the major categories, impact of mandated services, budget expansion requests, revisions/additions to Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan, future outlook and dates for public hearings. Note: this section was not updated to reflect changes by the Board of Commissioners.
  • Summary Information:  Provides information on economic assumptions, trends, and financial indicators. Also includes a county organizational chart, employee count by department, and an operating fund summary with expenses and revenues for these funds: general fund, water, southeast water districe, and waste management. This section also details changes made by the Board of Commissioners.
  • General Fund Summary& Revenue:  Includes summary of the general fund budget and detailed revenue information. The general fund is the main operating budget for the county.


  • Administration: Includes departments which provide support functions for other departments.
  • Culture, Recreation & 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 Resource Management: 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:  Includes budgets for the county's enterprise funds (Southeast Water District, Waste Management, and Water) which are run like businesses. The revenues of these funds are expected to cover expenses without general fund subsidies from property taxes.
  • Other Funds:  
    Fire districts are established by the residents who live in the district. Fire service is provided by incorporated non-profit volunteer fire departments. County commissioners have the responsibility of levying the fire district tax at the request of the fire departments.
    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.
  • Appendices (one file)
    Appendix A: Financial and Budgetary Policies
    Appendix B: Glossary of Terms and Acronyms
    Appendix C: Matrix of Mandated Services
    Appendix D: 2012-16 Capital Improvement Program Summary 
    Appendix E: Total Department Budgets
    Appendix F: Budget Ordinance

 County Financial Audit Information

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