Jacksonville officials rework city budget

POSTED: 7:13 AM Apr 30 2013   UPDATED: 5:00 PM May 29 2013
JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

Onslow County's biggest city will lose nearly $2 million worth of sales tax revenue because of a change to the Sales Tax Distribution system.

The County Commission voted 3-2 on April 29 night to make the change.

As a result, Jacksonville will lose $1.8 million in sales tax revenue. City officials say in the coming days, they will work to finalize the changes.

City Manager Richard Woodruff says officials have been busy throughout the month of May in budget workshops figuring out ways to make $2 million in cuts to the 2014 Fiscal Year Budget.

Some options are raising city fees, increasing property taxes, or re-evaluating certain city positions that are funded by the General Fund to see if they're needed when the positions become vacant.

"In the days ahead the City will work through a series of options to determine the necessary funding for the continuation of quality service to our Citizens," Woodruff said.

The next city council meeting is Tuesday, June 4. Woodruff hopes a new version of the budget will be approved by the end of the meeting.