Proposed Budget Amendments

In May of each year, the County Manager presents a balanced, recommended budget to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The BOCC conducts multiple work sessions and public hearings before it approves the final budget, in June.

During the process, individual commissioners and staff may propose amendments to the budget. These amendments will be voted on by the BOCC at the last work session prior to budget adoption.

Below is a list of proposed amendments. This list will be updated as more amendments are proposed or more supplemental information becomes available.

FY 2019-20 Commissioner Proposed Budget Amendments

List of commissioner and staff proposed budget amendments. This is a working list and will be updated as new amendments are proposed.
Amendment Sponsor Department Description Amount General Fund Other funds Vote
OP-001 Marcoplos AMS Increase taxes an additional 1/4 cents to fund county efforts to combat climate change initiatives. Attachment D ($469,272) ($469,272) $0 Passed 4-3
OP-002 Marcoplos AMS Add funds to AMS budget appropriation to fund county efforts to combat climate change initiatives. Attachment D $469,272 $469,272 $0 Passed 4-3
OP-003 Dorosin Schools Decrease the CHCCS special district tax by 1.00 cent. The purpose of this amendment is to address the funding inequity in the two school systems. $1,203,030   $1,203,030 Failed 6-1
OP-004 Dorosin Schools Decrease allocation of District Tax funds to CHCCS due to decrease in special district tax by 1.00 cent. ($1,203,030)   ($1,203,030) Failed 6-1
OP-005 Dorosin Schools Increase the ad valorem tax by 1.07 cent for education allocated by ADM. The purpose of this amendment is to address the funding inequity in the two school systems. ($2,008,483) ($2,008,483) $0 Failed 6-1
OP-006 Dorosin Schools Increase Current Expense Allocation to Schools by ADM CHCCS - $1,207,902 and OCS - $800,581 $2,008,483 $2,008,483 $0 Failed 6-1
OP-007 Bedford Schools REVISED: Shift $250,000 from OPEB funds to schools     $0 Passed 6-1
OP-008 Bedford Schools Increase Current Expense Allocation to Schools by ADM CHCCS - $1,202,852 and OCS - $797,132. Attachment E $1,999,984 $1,999,984 $0 Failed
OP-009 Rich Countywide Increase the Ad valorem tax by 4.30 cents which reflects the Upfront Tax Rate for Debt Service rather than the Phase-In of 1.50 cents contained in the Manager's Recommended Budget ($8,071,474) ($8,071,474) $0 Failed 7-0
OP-010 Rich Countywide Transfer 4.30 cents Ad Valorem tax proceeds to a Debt Service Reserve Fund $8,071,474 $8,071,474 $0 Failed 7-0
OP-011 Marcoplos Economic Development Hire a consultant to compile an inventory of agencies participating in the workforce development pipeline available to Orange County and assess the feasibility of a Tradescraft Center. Attachments (A1), (A2) Use Article 46 Sales tax to fund the initiative.  $20,000 $0 $20,000 Passes 5-2
OP-012 Greene OCPEH To enable funding for an ongoing full-time position for housing locator within the Community Empowerment Fund. The OCPEH will administer the contract and funding will be distributed according to current allocation within the Partnership. Offsetting Revenue from the Town's share is $21,488. Attachment B  $35,226 $13,738  $35,226 Passed 7-0
OP-013 Rich BOCC REVISED: Increase the base salary to $23,591 for the County Commissioners to the regional average compensation (salary increase deferred until December 2020) as well as the cellphone allowance to $85/month, the internet to $75/month, and car allowance of $200/month. Attachment C  $26,737  $26,737 $0 revised version passed 5-2
OP-014 Rich BOCC Add funds to the Commissioners travel line item in the County Clerk's appropriation to cover anticipated increase in travel expenses for conferences and training $4,000 $4,000 $0 Passed 6-1
OP-015 Price DEAPR Eliminate the revenue for the user fee of $3 per person to participate in open gym at the Parks & Recreation gymnasium. $1,500 $1,500 $0 Passed 7-0
OP-016 Rich Countywide Increase mobile telephone stipend from $35 to $50 per month for county employees who use personal mobile telephones for county business. $22,590 $22,590 $0 Passed 7-0
OP-017 Staff Non-dept. Comm. Services Increase in Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization (TARPO) dues for FY 2019-20 from $7,500 to $9,000 $1,500 $1,500 $0 Passed 7-0
OP-018 Staff Sheriff Add a 1.0 FTE Deputy Sheriff I position to provide School Resource Officer (SRO) services at Eno River Academy. The County will receive reimbursement for the 10 month School Year associated expenditures. Offsetting revenue of $56,422 from Eno River Academy for SRO services for the 10-month School Year period $67,706 $11,284 $0 Failed for lack of a second
OP-019 Staff County Manager Increase Emergency Medical Services Collections by $250,000 ($250,000) ($250,000) $0 Passed 7-0
OP-020 Rich County Manager Decrease $4,000 in Food Council division for one-time Equity Training that was budgeted in FY 2018-19 ($4,000) ($4,000) $0 Passed 7-0
OP-021 Staff Solid Waste Add a Storm Debris Fee Waiver option to the County Fee Schedule to allow limited storm fee waivers for residents following undeclared storm events.     TBD Passed 7-0
OP-022 Staff AMS Use funds of $154,000 from additional EMS collection revenue for the the Facility Accessibility, Safety and Security Improvements Capital Project for Elevator modernization at the Richard E. Whitted Facility. $154,000 $154,000 $0 Passed 7-0
OP-023 Staff AMS Add funds of $15,000 for a Temporary position in AMS to assist with Capital Projects management $15,000 $15,000 $0 Passed 7-0
OP-024 Greene Countywide Add to the County Travel Policy that travel expenses for Commissioners and County staff will include the purchase of carbon offsets for any airfare and the miles traveled by Car Share vehicles. This will also be included in the Financial Policy section of the Budget Ordinance. The impact is currently estimated at $1,100 and will be covered in departmental budgets. TBD TBD TBD Passed 7-0
OP-025 Staff Affordable Housing Due to a reduction in HUD funds in the HOME Program, reduce $4,479 for the County's share of the FY 2019-20 HOME Program  $(4,479.00)  $(4,479.00) $0 Passed 7-0
OP-026 McKee Outside Agency Increase funding to Orange County Rural Alliance by $5,000 to assist in funding meal deliveries in rural areas of the County $5,000 $5,000 $0 Failed for lack of a second

CIP Budget Amendments

List of proposed amendments to the Capital Investment Plan (CIP) Budget.
Amendment No. Sponsor Department Amendment Amount Vote
CIP-001 Staff AMS Add the District Attorney Building Remediation Project to the CIP in FY 2018-19, approved by BOCC as BOA #7-E on April 16, 2019 $41,143 Passed 7-0
CIP-002 Staff AMS Add the Soltys Remediation Project at Passmore Center of $110,564 to the CIP in FY 2018-19, approved by BOCC as BOA #8-A on May 2, 2019. Also, includes Phase 2 of $88,550 for the Project, scheduled to be presented to the BOCC at the June 11, 2019 worksession $199,114 Passed 7-0
CIP-003 Staff OCPT Add the Federal and State expenditure portion of Bus/Van replacements, scheduled for FY 2019-20, to the Vehicle Replacements CIP project $288,072 Passed 7-0
CIP-004 Staff OCPT Add the Federal and State revenue portion/share of Bus/Van replacements, scheduled for FY 2019-20, to the Vehicle Replacements CIP project ($288,072) Passed 7-0
CIP-005 Staff Finance Add a Community Loan Fund CIP project to fund Non-Profit Capital Loans for Interfaith Council, Club Nova, and Orange County Rape Crisis Center, in FY 2019-20 $224,340 Passed 7-0
CIP-006 Staff Manager Add $75,000 in FY 2019-20 to the HVAC Capital Project for Geothermal Feasiblilty Studies $75,000 Passed 7-0
CIP-007 Staff Manager Delay Shower Project ($107,000) at Cedar Grove Community Center from FY 2019-20 to FY 2020-21 ($107,000) Passed 7-0
CIP-008 Staff AMS Add $140,000 in capital funds to purchase 2 vans for Community Center transportation use; transferring $107,000 savings from the delay of the Cedar Grove shower project $140,000 Passed 7-0
CIP-009 Staff Solid Waste Change in funding sources for Solid Waste CIP Projects for FY 2019-20; increase in PAYGO of $453,172 and decrease of $453,172 in Debt Financing amounts (Budget Neutral) $0 Passed 7-0
CIP-010 Staff AMS Add $154,000 in FY 2019-20 to the Facility Accessibility, Safety and Security Improvements Capital Project for Elevator modernization at thte Richard E. Whitted Facility. PAYGO funds will be used as a Transfer from the General Fund to cover the cost of this project. $154,000 Passed 7-0
CIP-011 Bedford Library Delay the furniture, fixtures, and equipment purchase from FY 2019-20 to FY 2020-21 for the Orange County Southern Branch Library ($750,000) Passed 7-0