Understanding the County Budget

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Orange County Manager Bonnie Hammersley unveiled her proposed budget during the Board of County Commissioners' May 1 meeting. Over the next six weeks, the Board of County Commissioners will conduct two public hearings and hold four public work sessions on the budget. The Board is scheduled to adopt the budget at its June 19, 2018 meeting.

May 10  Public Hearing, Richard Whitted Meeting Facility
May 17  Public Hearing, Southern Human Services Center
May 24 – Budget Work Session, Richard Whitted Meeting Facility
May 31 – Budget Work Session, Southern Human Services Center
June 7 – Budget Work Session, Southern Human Services Center
June 12 – Budget Work Session, Richard Whitted Meeting Facility
June 19 – Budget adoption, Southern Human Services Center

Orange County leads the state in local school funding

Since 2011-12, Orange County has ranked No. 1 in North Carolina in terms of local per pupil current expense spending, according to the Local School Finance Study released each year by the Public School Forum of North Carolina. For the 2015-16 school year, Orange County contributed $4,852 per student in funding to students in the Orange County Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools systems.

Orange County ranks No. 1 in per pupil spending despite a property tax base that ranks No. 30 when calculated on a per pupil bases.

Local school current expense funding
Year Spending
per ADM
Rank Property tax base
per ADM rank*
2015-16 $4,852 1 30
2014-15 $4,734 1 31
2013-14 $4,355 1 32
2012-13 $4,145 1 32
2011-12 $4,183 1 30

* The study ranks each county by its total adjusted property valuation, divided by the number of students in membership in the county. The property valuation is adjusted using a three-year weighted average of the Sales/Assessment Ratios. This represents the real estate wealth available to counties to support education.