courthouse-clocktowerHere in New Hanover County, the community, elected officials and county staff cooperate to balance a high quality of life with a progressive business and economic climate.

At less than 200 square miles, New Hanover County is the second smallest – geographically – of the 100 North Carolina counties; however, it is home to more than 220,000 people.

New Hanover County is not just a great place in which to live or visit. New Hanover County is also a great place to do business. Tourism, film production, the service and retail sectors are the engines that power our economy.

Our Mission: New Hanover County is committed to progressive public policy, superior service, courteous contact, judicious exercise of authority, and sound fiscal management to meet the needs and concerns of our citizens today and tomorrow.

The government of New Hanover County is committed to ensuring that you are safe, healthy and secure; that is our promise to you.

County ManagerNew Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet serves as Chief Administrator of county government and maintains responsibility for administering all departments under the general control of the five-member Board of Commissioners.

The county manager’s work includes the development of the county’s annual budget. The budget is the policy document, financial plan, and operations guide and communications device of county government. It reflects the county’s response to the needs of the community and residents’ requests for services. New Hanover County’s government operates on a $352.1 million budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017, serving more than 220,000 residents.

In addition, the manager and his executive leadership team are responsible for aligning the operations of the County to the adopted strategic plan and advancing the County’s mission and vision through five key focus areas: superior public health, safety and education, intelligent growth and economic development, productive strategic partnerships, strong financial performance, and effective county management.

Mr. Coudriet has served as the County Manager since July 2012. Prior to his appointment, he served as Assistant County Manager for New Hanover County for four years and as county manager in Franklin and Washington counties, N.C.

Coudriet has twenty years of public administration experience, with more than a decade as a county manager in North Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

He is a native of eastern North Carolina. Chris and along with his wife, Leigh, and two children Montgomery, and Silas, reside in Wilmington.

New Hanover County has received the final economic development target analysis report from Jay Garner titled Pathways to Prosperity: New Hanover County’s Plan for Jobs and Investment and it’s critical companion piece, the Competitive Realties Report.

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Lower Property Taxes Among County Budget Highlights

Posted July 27, 2017 at 11:00 am

New Hanover County started a new fiscal year on July 1. With that start comes an adopted general fund budget of $329.4 million and a continued focus on the county’s strategic priorities. The adopted budget is a 4.2 percent increase over the FY17 adopted budget, and – by using money the county has effectively saved over the years – includes the first real property tax cut for county residents in 14 years. The tax rate will decrease by 8.5 percent, cutting property taxes by 2.36 percent. For the fourth consecutive year, the county has also reduced the landfill tip fee from $50 to $48, while continuing to provide innovative services and programs. Below are several funding initiatives in this year’s budget I feel are worth highlighting.

 

Public Education

Publicly supported education is, perhaps, the most critical component of our community’s long-term success. The adopted budget shows the county’s commitment to ensuring superior public education in the classroom and educational facilities by:

  • Increasing county funding to the New Hanover County school district for the fifth year in a row, raising funding to $2,700 per student, which is above and beyond state and federal funding levels. The county also funds all public school facilities and new construction. In fiscal year 2018, funding to the schools will increase more than $2.3 million for a total of $100.3 million, inclusive of debt.
  • Funding pre-K expansion to add 45 new openings – the equivalent of three classrooms – for three- and four-year-olds, giving them a structured learning environment and preparing them for kindergarten.
  • Continuing to support Cape Fear Community College by funding the operations and maintenance of facilities – including three new emerging technology buildings that opened June 29 – for a total of $28.2 million, inclusive of debt.

 

Public Safety & Emergency Response

The adopted budget moves the county’s strategic goal of superior public safety forward in a number of areas by:

  • Increasing funding to the sheriff’s office for youth intervention and gang prevention initiatives, a crime specialist to work in collaboration with the Wilmington Police Department, and additional mental health resources at the county jail.
  • Providing additional funding to the LINC, Inc. jail diversion program after a successful, small-scale pilot program and national recognition for its innovation. The program will expand to assist 20 men and 20 women, redirecting them from the criminal justice system to community-based treatment and wrap-around support.
  • Initiating a Quick Response pilot program through the county’s Fire Rescue, which will help decrease response times by having trained responders in vehicles located in target areas during peak times to respond to medical calls. To help fund programs like this, county residents outside of the city limits will see a Fire Services District rate increase this fiscal year.

 

Public Health & Quality Of Life

The county is committed to the health of our community, and to enhancing the quality of life for residents. Several initiatives in the adopted budget help to facilitate this goal, including:

  • Constructing a Health and Human Services Building that will bring the Health Department and the Department of Social Services under one roof, to improve efficiencies and enhance the customer experience, funded by New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
  • Developing a bike and multi-use path along Military Cutoff Extension to provide safe connectivity for residents and ensure an alternate form of transportation when the extension opens.
  • Purchasing land on Pages Creek that will provide parking and easier water access for paddle boards and kayaks, adjacent to an existing county-owned property that has been largely underused because of access challenges.

 

Economic Development & Nonprofits

Economic development remains a strategic priority for the county, as is funding organizations in the community that are having a direct impact on our citizens. The adopted budget includes:

  • Non-county agency funding that totals $1.468 million, an increase of $310,000 from FY17, to assist local nonprofit organizations in their cultural, recreational, economic development, and human services work.
  • Economic development funding that will encourage private investment and job creation, with $690,000 in incentives, $525,000 to fund fire flow to the water system on US 421, $60,000 for a preliminary engineering report evaluating water service expansion to Castle Hayne, and more than $687,000 in various economic development investments.

 
The county recognizes that employees are our greatest asset, so the adopted budget also includes funding for market and merit increases to eligible employees. It is also important to mention that the county will continue to enhance benefits and wellness services to our employees so that we can reduce and contain healthcare costs.

I encourage you to review the adopted budget in brief on the county’s website to learn more about the strategic investments that the county is making to keep our citizens safe, healthy and secure.


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