Proposed Budget Amendments

Amendments to the Manager Recommended Budget

Each May, the County Manager presents a Recommended Budget for the next fiscal year to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). In considering the Recommended Budget, the BOCC conducts multiple public hearings and budget work sessions. During these sessions, Commissioners and staff may propose to amend the budget as it was presented by the Manager. 

Amendments to the Recommended Budget are subsequently voted on by the BOCC at the last work session prior to anticipated budget adoption. A final budget is approved by the BOCC each June.

Below is a list of proposed amendments to the Recommended Budget. This list is updated as amendments are proposed or as supplemental information becomes available. Amendments which pass are subsequently incorporated into the full budget proposal to be considered for passage by the BOCC.

Note: Please note these amendments pertain only to the next fiscal year's Manager Recommended Budget proposal. For amendments to the current fiscal year's Commissioner Approved Budget, please review adopted Budget Amendments in the Ordinances section of BOCC's document management portal.

FY 2021-22 Amendments to the Manager Recommended Annual Operating Budget

List of commissioner and staff proposed budget amendments. This is a working list and will be updated as new amendments are proposed.
Amendment Sponsor Department Description Amount General Fund Total Other funds Vote
OP-001 Greene Durham Tech Support funding of the Small Business Center position $70,000 $0 $70,000 (ARPA) approved 4-3
OP-002 Dorosin Sheriff's Department Require the Sheriff's Department to reduce operational expenditures of 5% for the FY2021-22 budget ($109,309) n/a n/a motion failed for lack of second
OP-003 Bedford Outside Agencies Eliminate the funding to Piedmont Wildlife for the after school program that was included in the request.  ($9,000) n/a n/a motion failed for lack of a second
OP-004 Dorosin Non-Departmental Reduce the County's Contribution to the Chapel Hill Library by the same percentage (5.6%) that FY 2021-22 Library Services budget is reduced compared to the FY 2021-22 Base Budget ($31,816) ($31,816) n/a approved 5-2
OP-005 Hamilton Education Use $3,000,000 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to be divided by ADM between CHCCS and OCS to support students' social, emotional, and mental health; for technology to ensure access to remote learning, and/or other permissible uses that promote student learning and address the opportunity gap $3,000,000 ($31,816) n/a failed 2-5
OP-006 Price Economic Assistance Program (Revised) Designate $250,000 of ARPA funding to provide assistance to taxpayers to assist with County tax increases resulting from the 2021 revaluation. Details will be worked out at a future BOCC meeting. $250,000 ($31,816) $250,000 (ARPA) passed 7-0
OP-007 Staff ARPA Funds Move Budgeted ARPA funds from General Fund to Emergency Recovery Fund, outside of the General Fund ($3,267,486) ($31,816) $3,267,486 (ARPA) passed 7-0
OP-008 Staff Little River Fire District Appropriate Available Fund Balance from Little River Fire District for a downpayment on their new fire engine $80,000 ($31,816) $80,000 (Fire District) passed 7-0
OP-009 Staff Housing Choice Voucer Fund Receipt of Emergency Housing Voucher Program Grant for FY 21-22 $148,404 ($31,816) $148,404 (HUD Grant) passed 7-0
OP-010 Staff Solid Waste Enterprise Fund Retain the Urban Recycling Contract instead of bringing the services in-house. The amount reflected is the net change from removing the in-house personnel and operating costs of $275,551 and adding back the contract of $790,776

$512,225 ($31,816) $512,225 (Solid Waste Funds) passed 7-0
OP-011 Staff Sportsplex Enterprise Fund Increase budgeted Debt Service needed in FY 21-22 as a result of the final Spring 2021 financing package amounts

$1,847 ($31,816) $1,847 (Sportsplex Funds) passed 7-0
OP-012 Staff Solid Waste Enterprise Fund Increase budgeted Debt Service needed in FY 21-22 as a result of the final Spring 2021 financing package amounts

$11,949 ($31,816) $11,949 (SW Enterprise Fund) passed 7-0
OP-013 Staff Visitors Bureau Fund Move Budgeted ARPA funds from Visitors Bureau Fund to the Emergency Recovery Fund

$150,000 ($31,816) $150,000 (ARPA) passed 7-0
OP-014 Staff Community Development Fund Move Budgeted ARPA funds from the Community Development Fund to the Emergency Recovery Fund

($746,357) ($31,816) ($746,357) (ARPA) passed 7-0

FY 2021-22 Amendments to the Manager Recommended Capital Investment Plan

List of proposed amendments to the Capital Investment Plan (CIP) Budget. This is a working list and will be updated as new amendments are proposed.
Amendment Sponsor Budget Page Department Amendment Amount Vote
CIP-001 Price n/a AMS Add $40,000 for the ADA improvements to the Old Courthouse sidewalk and entrance $40,000 passed 7-0
CIP-002 Price n/a Emergency Services Reduce the estimate for the Emergency Services study consultant or the Climate Change funds ($40,000) passed 7-0
CIP-003 Fowler n/a Climate Change Funds Eliminate 1/2 of the Climate Change Mitigation Funds projected for FY2021-22 and realllocate to schools and county sustainability projects. The other half to continue through the grant process for municipalities or nonprofits to apply for funds. n/a withdrawn
CIP-004 Fowler n/a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Transfer 60.36% of 1/4 of the projected Climate Change Mitigation Funds (Amendment #21-22OP-004) to CHCCS for sustainability projects n/a withdrawn
CIP-005 Fowler n/a Orange County Schools Transfer 39.64% of 1/4 of the projected Climate Change Mitigation Funds (Amendment #21-22OP-004) to OCS for sustainability projects n/a withdrawn
CIP-006 Fowler n/a Asset Management Services Transfer 1/2 of the projected Climate Change Mitigation Funds (Amendment #21-22OP-004) to County Asset Management Services for sustainability projects n/a withdrawn
CIP-007 Hamilton n/a Water & Sewer Utilities - Proprietary Delay the Buckhorn-Mebane EDD Phase 3 Sewer from Year 1 (FY 2021-22) to Year 2 (FY 2022-23) n/a withdrawn
CIP-008 Greene n/a Climate Tax Funds Allocate 1/2 of the Climate Change Mitigation Funds projected for FY2021-22 to County Mitigation projects and 1/2 to the schools. With one half, continue the grant process for municipalities or nonprofits to apply for funds; if not enough projects score highly enough to qualify or if for any reason the funds aren't exhausted, the money rolls over to the next year's climate mitigation fund. Projects would be scored in the same way (and the same way as this past year), by the Commission for the Environment and the Human Relations Commission (for equity concerns) ($268,332.50) passed 6-1
CIP-009 n/a Greene CHCCS and Orange County Schools Allocate the other half for the two school districts. The districts would propose projects competitively, following the same process as the other grant process. If not enough projects score highly enough to qualify or if for any reason the funds aren't exhausted, the money rolls over to the next year's climate mitigation fund. Projects would be scored in the same way (and the same way as this past year), by the Commission for the Environment and the Human Relations Commission (for equity concerns) $268,332.50 passed 6-1
CIP-010 n/a Bedford Water & Sewer Utilities - Proprietary

Remove FY 21-22 funding of $115,000 and FY 22-23 funding of $945,000 for water and sewer for the Buckhorn Area study areas of B,C,D, and E n/a withdrawn
CIP-011 n/a Bedford Durham Technical Community College -OC Campus Building Expansion

Move the Durham Technical Community College - Orange County Campus Building Expansion from FY 22-23 to Years 6 and 7

($25,547,911) passed 4-3
CIP-012 n/a McKee and Greene IT - Broadband Infrastructure

Allocate $5 million in ARPA funds to design and implement a broadband infrastructure investment to serve unserved and underserved households in Orange County consistent with the Treasury Department guidance on allowable uses, performance, and speed.  

$5,000,000 passed 7-0
CIP-013 n/a Staff Emergency Services Reduce the estimate for the Emergency Services study consultant

($60,000) passed 7-0
CIP-014 n/a Staff Solid Waste - Proprietary

Remove $589,000 from Year 2 (FY 22-23) funding in the Solid Waste - C&D Landfill & Ordinance Area - Vehicle and Equipment Replacement project for a Compactor due to the immediate need to replace the Compactor in FY 20-21
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($589,000) passed 7-0