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Iredell County collected more than $151.35 million in taxes in 2021 with $747,919.72 remaining in unpaid taxes according to Bill Furches, the county’s tax collector.

Those numbers were announced at Tuesday’s meeting of the Iredell County Board of Commissioners. Furches noted that was up 3.7% from 2022 and slightly ahead of budgeted tax revenue by nearly $3.93 million. He noted that collections accounted for 99.51% of assessed property taxes.

Chairman James Mallory praised Furches and his team for their work in the high recovery rate that Mallory says allows commissioners to budget with confidence.

“The citizens of this county take their civic responsibilities seriously, if not happily, understandably, stroking these checks on a monthly or yearly basis, believing that they are getting a good return on their investment, for the services provided by our staff while throughout the county,” Mallory said.

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The following items were discussed and approved with a consent vote at the pre-meeting, which were then approved with a single vote at the regular meeting:

Mooresville School District: Approved the assignment of a highway right-of-way deed to the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the NC 150/NC 152 road widening project.

According to the county, in 2003, Iredell County issued debt for the district to build East Mooresville Middle School at Oakridge Farm Highway and Wiggins Road. The original 2003 debt was repaid in 2013 and the final payment is October 2023. Until the debt is repaid, Iredell County owns the property. The Department of Transportation has planned a road project for the intersection and, through negotiations with the district, will pay $80,000 for the property.

Iredell County Library: Library request for approval of a budget amendment to accept one-time state assistance to public libraries in the amount of $89,113.

The funds are separate from normal recurring state assistance to public libraries and come from the US Treasury’s office as part of the state’s coronavirus fiscal stimulus funds under the American Rescue Plan Act. They will be distributed through the NC Pandemic Recovery.

Director Juli Moore said the funds are generally for materials, salaries, equipment and operating costs.

Horizon 2030 Plan: Commissioners approved the creation of a steering committee for the Horizon 2030 plan update. According to the county, a 10-member committee will be created with appointments to be made at the August 16 meeting. Three members of the Planning Board have agreed to serve, plus there will be one member each from the Farmland Preservation Board and the Economic Development Corporation. This will leave five vacancies. This project is expected to last approximately 18 months and the group will meet monthly throughout the process.

Planning and development: Commissioners approved a $175,000 grant from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency’s Essential Single-Family Rehabilitation Loan Pool program for the rehabilitation of eligible homes. The process began in 2018, knowing that funds may be available in the future. Depending on the county, loan pool funds are intended for owner-occupied housing, occupied by households with elderly and/or disabled full-time members, or owner-occupied housing with lead hazards and a child of 6 years or less. Household income must be less than 80% of the median income for the region.

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