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No property tax increase for Johnston County residents in county budget proposal

Johnston County Manager Rick Hester has proposed a county budget that would keep the property tax rate the same for the 17th straight year, according to a Thursday news release

Hester $241.5 million spending plan calls for an additional 5 percent, or roughly $12 million more, in spending over the current fiscal budget, which runs through June 30.

The tax rate would remain at 78 cents per $100 valuation. The owner of a $250,000 house would pay $1,950 in county property tax.

The budget now goes to the county commissioners.

It includes a 3.9% increase in education spending, with Johnston County Public Schools getting $66 million and Johnston Community College getting $5.3 million.

The county would use matching funds to pay for seven school resource officers in middle schools now served by local municipal law enforcement.

Under Hester’s plan, county employees would get a 2.1% raise in July and a potential 1.4% performance adjustment in October.

The county could add 28 new employees, Hester said. More than half of them would be emergency and public safety positions, with eight new EMS workers and seven new employees for the Sheriff’s Office. Hester also proposed seven new positions in the Department of Social Services.

The next commissioners’ meeting is 6 p.m. June 3 at the Johnston County Courthouse.

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Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.

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