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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Stokes County budget in place for new fiscal year - Taxpayers will see four-cent increase

(By Leslie Bray, The Stokes News) - Stokes County taxpayers will be reaching a bit deeper into their pockets this coming fiscal year. The new budget for Fiscal Year 2011-12 includes a four-cent tax increase.

The budget ordinance was approved by the Stokes County Board of Commissioners on Monday, June 27, at a special meeting at 5:30 p.m.—just three days before the end of the Fiscal Year. Commissioner James Booth put forth the motion to approve and was seconded by Commissioner Ronda Jones before the unanimous vote was taken.

“The separation and breakdown on what Stokes County tax dollars are funding will be identified on your tax bills when they are mailed out later this year,” stated Board Chair Ernest Lankford. “This will create more transparency in how your Stokes County tax dollars are being spent.”

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