Budget & Strategy
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The Budget and Strategy Division receives, assembles, and analyzes department budget requests and works with the County Manager and senior management to prepare the Manager's recommended budget that is presented to the Gaston County Board of Commissioners. Budget staff members help departments prepare their budget presentations, provide staff support to the Board of Commissioners during its review of the proposed budget, and answer questions from the general public regarding the Manager's proposed budget.
Once the County's budget has been approved, this Division monitors the actual spending of the department and assists department directors, Board members, and the public throughout the year with budget-related questions. The Budget and Strategy Division is also responsible for reviewing all budget change requests and resolutions prior to submission to the Manager and the Board.
In addition to its budget-related duties, the Budget and Strategy Division takes an active role in assisting the County Manager in responding to the Commissioners' requests for information. This includes preparing Commissioner resolutions, conducting various research and survey projects, and completing other activities as requested by the County Manager.
If you have any questions about Gaston County's budget or budget process please call the Budget and Strategy Division at 704-866-3053.
Budget and Strategy Director
Janet Schafer is the Director of Gaston County Budget and Strategy. Janet is a Gaston County native from Dallas, NC. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Janet is a Certified Budget and Evaluation Officer and currently serves on the board of the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association. Janet has worked for Gaston County since 2011.
Assistant Director of Budget
Taylor Drury is the Assistant Director of Gaston County Budget and Strategy. A Charlotte native, Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has worked for the County since 2017.