Current Budget

On June 17, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners adopted a $399 million balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. The adopted budget maintains the current county-wide tax rate of 55.5 cents per $100 of value. Learn more about the Adopted Budget in the flip book and panel below.

New Hanover County’s Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on Monday, June 17 following public hearings. The adopted budget documents can be viewed below:

Changes made to the recommended budget, which were approved in the adopted budget include:

  • $7,000 added for Friends of Fort Fisher
  • $23,750 added for Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW NC)
  • Unemployment insurance reduced by $30,750
  • $486,000 added for the Healing Place treatment center, which will be financed through loan proceed

The recommended budget was presented to the board on May 20 and a public hearing on the budget was held Monday, June 3. View the presentation slides here.

The Board of Commissioners approved the recommended budget with few changes on June 17, which can be viewed in the Adopted Budget panel above.

Here are a few highlights of what is included in the FY19-20 Recommended Budget:

  • No tax increase, making it three years in a row that the county has either reduced or maintained the tax rate.
  • Increased funding for New Hanover County Schools, to include $2,900 per pupil (a $100 increase per student over last year) and $3.7 million in capital; for a total of $116.2 million to support public schools, which is a 6.9% increase in funding from last year. Read about the county’s funding to public schools here.
  • Transitions the responsibility of the Forensic Lab to New Hanover County from the City of Wilmington, with a 60/40 cost-sharing arrangement with the city.
  • Funds more than $3.3 million in strategic economic development initiatives that will encourage private investment, bring more diverse and higher-wage jobs, and enhance quality of life.
  • Invests in workforce housing in partnership with the City of Wilmington, including $45,000 for a workforce housing study.
  • Supports 29 human services community partners, as recommended by the Non-County Agency Funding Committee, for a total of $977,000.
  • Includes debt service payments for the construction of the Healing Place substance use treatment center.
  • Maintains the fire services tax rate for residents in the unincorporated county at 7.75 cents and also keeps the landfill tip fee at $48 per ton.
  • Provides a market and merit salary increase for all eligible county employees.

New Hanover County’s Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on Monday, June 4 following public hearings. The adopted budget documents can be viewed below:

Additional budget documents, including the recommended budget presentation slides and the line item recommended budget, can be viewed in the additional panels on this webpage.

New Hanover County’s FY17-18 Budget was adopted by the Board of Commissioners at the June 19, 2017 board meeting. The adopted budget can be viewed as a PDF and in the flip book below.


View archived budget documents »

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