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MCCALL CONTINUES TO SAVE MONEY IN ROD BUDGET
Register of Deeds Asks For Less Money, Again.
After no debate and little public comment, the Iredell Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 to adopt the county’s FY 2015-16 budget a little over a week ago. Included in the total budget for the county was the departmental budget proposed by Matt McCall, the Iredell Register of Deeds. McCall asked the Commissioner’s for less money, again, continuing a five year streak of fiscal conservatism since taking office in 2010. McCall’s predecessor, Brenda Bell, made her last budget request to the Iredell County Board of Commissioners for Fiscal Year 2010-11 for $1,097,556. For FY 2015-16 McCall has requested $591,721, a 46% reduction from Bell’s last proposal while in office.
“Although the county as a whole has increased its budget 10.5% this year, we’re continuing to provide good service for less. I’m also happy to report the Mooresville office that was opened two years ago continues to be a success, and I’m proud we are spending almost half as much money per year to operate two locations,” noted McCall.
The Iredell County Register of Deeds office is responsible for property records for the county. McCall also recently tapped into savings for a major I/T infrastructure overhaul costing a little over $200k. “Upgrades and maintenance are necessary to continue uninterrupted service. But we will be able to cover these costs that come up every six or seven years from our savings account – not from the county’s general fund. We don’t have to borrow like the school systems,” said McCall, noting that a third of the money the county spends on education next year will be spent on school related debt.
“If run well, a Register of Deeds office in every county should be a money maker. We’re projecting another increase in business this year from last. So though we’ll be spending less, we will gross around $2.1 million and net around $1.6 million. That $1.6 million that we’ve collected will be put back in the general fund and will hopefully offset the tax increases necessary to cover spending increases outside of our department.”