NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (StarNews/WWAY) — Following public hearings, New Hanover County Commissioners approved the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget at today’s meeting. The approval comes two weeks prior to the anticipated decision date in June 18th.County officials say the budget includes a property tax cut for the second year in a row, which equals $5.1 million in savings for taxpayers. In addition, the budget includes increased funding for public education, economic development, school safety, and combating the opioid crisis.- Advertisement – A cumulative tax cut over two years will save taxpayers approximately $9.8 million.In addition, the county commission approved an amendment setting the minimum wage for full-time and authorized part-time county employees will be increased to either $31,200 per year or not any less than $15 an hour.“So it’s serving the needs of this community and we’re very proud of it,” commissioners’ Chairman Woody White said after the budget vote.Related Article: CFCC students build ‘Blueberry’ for Burgaw New Year’s Eve celebrationCommissioners approved two amendments, including adding nine deputies under the sheriff’s office to serve under a contract with Cape Fear Community College.Some key areas the budget will address will be school safety. The budget will add 5 new student resource officers and a school detective. In addition, 2 school nurses as well as 3 mental health professionals will be brought on in high schools.County leaders are also allocating money to improve the Northern Regional Park, Ogden Park drainage, and funding for the Trillium Health facility that will address substance abuse.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline.