Onslow County approves $350M budget for 2024-2025

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The Onslow County Board of Commissioners has greenlit a new budget totaling $350 million for the upcoming fiscal year.

Sheriff Chris Thomas of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, familiar with the process, emphasized the county’s efforts to keep pace with significant growth over the past few years.

“Our budget for the upcoming fiscal year is very much employee-centered and future-focused,” stated Onslow County Commissioner Chairman Tim Foster, highlighting a strong emphasis on employee pay and recruitment.

Among the departments benefiting from the budget increase is the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, receiving $5 million to hire four new deputy sheriffs. Sheriff Thomas emphasized these resources will support community policing, enhance officer mental health, and facilitate court transports.

The Board of Education also sees a boost, receiving nearly $4 million under the new budget. Chairman Foster expressed enthusiasm, noting the budget’s comprehensive support for all county departments.

“We are excited about this budget, which prioritizes taking care of our people and planning for the future,” Chairman Foster affirmed.

The fiscal year commences on July 1st.