Budget & Strategy
Janet Schafer, MPA
Budget & Management Services Director
Janet Schafer is the Director of Gaston County Budget & 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 for the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association. Janet has worked for Gaston County since 2011.
Taylor Drury, Assistant Director for Budget
Taylor Drury is the Assistant Director of Gaston County Budget & Strategy. A Charlotte native, Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts from College of Charleston and a Master of Public Administration from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has worked for the County since 2017.
Justin Amos, Assistant Director for Strategy
Justin Amos is the Assistant Director of Strategy for Gaston County Budget and Strategy Services. Justin is a native North Carolinian, originally from Summerfield, North Carolina. Justin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served on the Board for the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association and is a Past-President of the organization. His family has lived in Gaston County for eleven years and has worked for the County since 2020. Previously, Justin has served in a variety of budget related roles for the City of Charlotte and Orange County, North Carolina.
- FY 2021 Year to Date Budget Report
- FY 2021 Adopted Budget
- FY 2021 Adopted Budget at a Glance
- FY 2021 Manager's Recommended Budget
The Budget & 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 & 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 & 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 & Strategy Division at 704-866-3053.