Last Thursday, the Richmond County Board of Supervisors met. Supervisors attending were Richard E. Thomas, Vice Chairman, John Parr, William Herbert, Robert Pemberton, and Lee Saunders, Chairman. County Administrator R. Morgan Quicke addressed the meeting, giving an encouraging report on the County’s fiscal condition.
Quick stated the County shows for FY 17, through December 31, 2016, an increase in revenue over FY15 and FY 16, accompanied by a decrease in expenses for the same period. A three percent increase in revenue will be set aside for savings and capitalization. Tax collection, according to Quicke, was “something you could bank on.” Of the 2015 delinquent taxes, it was reported that 97.5% had been collected. With the time to work on the FY18 budget approaching, Quicke gave a number of items that are being considered.
Continued investment in employees, with emphasis on benefits and compensation was noted. County investments included building the fund balance, capital improvement plan funding, and facilities maintenance and vehicle replacement.