Administrative staff works with the Board of Health and the county administration to develop the yearly budget for the health department. The Pender County Health Department amended budget (i.e., adopted budget including supplementary amendments) for 2016/2017 is $5,643,014. The Health Department budget is composed of 21 programs. The Health Director submits a line-item budget to the Board of Health for budget approval following guidelines set forth by county management. A narrative describing goals, objectives and achievements is provided for every program in the budget.
Budget considerations are based upon the previous budget year, available resources, planned programs, and policy issues raised by the Board of Health concerning new and revised program directions. The budget is developed by staff, reviewed and approved by the Board of Health, and submitted to the Board of Commissioners for consideration and approval.
The Health Director is the Registrar for births and deaths occurring in Pender County with Deputy Registrars appointed by the Health Director. Hospitals and funeral directors are required to send birth and death certificates within five days to the local health department. Copies of birth and death certificates are filed at the Pender County Register of Deeds and the original certificates are sent to the North Carolina State Office of Vital Records. The Deputy Registrar processes birth and death certificates and works with local hospitals and funeral directors to assure that death certificates are filed as required by General Statute 130-A. Certified birth and death certificates are available at the Pender County Register of Deeds or by mail from the Office of Vital Records, Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh, North Carolina.