Caldwell County tax collections beating projections

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 08:47 AM

With several months to go, Caldwell County's tax collections are running ahead of budget projections for the entire fiscal year, the county's finance officer reported Monday night.

Through February, the county has collected $31.1 million in property taxes, $100,000 more than was expected for all of fiscal 2013-14, which runs through June, Finance Officer Tony Helton told the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners. Last year at this point, the county had collected $29.8 million.

The collection of delinquent taxes is also at the amount that had been expected for the full fiscal year, he said.

The county's cash position is also up $56,000 from this time last year, Helton said, calling it "a very encouraging thing."

The commissioners also approved a budget amendment to allocate $150,000 for the purchase of the transload facility on U.S. 321-A and an additional three-acre tract to be used for potential future expansion.

Lenoir has yet to make a decision on the deal. The issue is not on the city council's agenda for tonight's meeting, but a closed session is scheduled to discuss property acquisition, among other things.

In other business, the commissioners approved a resolution honoring Jason Crisp, a U.S. Forest Service officer who was killed in the line of duty on March 12 in western Burke County while aiding in the manhunt for Troy Whisnant, 38, who authorities say shot and killed Crisp and Crisp's police dog, Maros. Whisenant was being sought in the deaths of his father and stepmother, whose bodies were found in their house north of Morganton the morning of March 12.