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Mecklenburg County Commissioners Approve Fiscal Year 2016 Budget PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 05:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Mecklenburg County commissioners have approved a $1.6 billion budget for the new fiscal year. The property tax rate remains at 81.57 cents per $100 of valuation.

The full budget can be found at http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/CountyManagersOffice/OMB/Pages/FY16-Budget.aspx.

Highlights, according to the county's website are:
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Stable Property Tax Rate, LESD Tax Rises
The FY16 Budget keeps the property tax rate at its current level of 81.57 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. This will be the third consecutive year of no property tax increase. However, in the Law Enforcement Service District (LESD), a 1.77-cent tax rate increase in the LESD was approved. This is the first tax rate increase for the LESD since FY2012.

Literacy and Education
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) will receive a $13.9 million increase to support student enrollment growth, sustaining operations, additional psychologists and social workers, and an increase in pass-through funds for charter schools. Also part of the FY16 Budget is a $4 million one-time funding to be used for deferred maintenance or technology. The total appropriation for CMS is $17.9 million, bringing its proposed operational budget for FY16 to $408,862,352.

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will receive a funding increase of  $2.3 million, including one-time funding to replace CPCC’s obsolete telephone system and address maintenance concerns and contractual increases.

CPCC’s total recommended budget for FY16 is $35,429,083, bringing the overall education budget for FY16 to $567 million.

Health and Human Services
The Fiscal Year 2016 Budget includes investments to improve service levels to help prevent chronic disease, protect adults and children from trauma and violence, fulfill basic needs like food and shelter, support recovery from substance abuse, and create homes for children who need them.

Included in the funding for Health and Human Services:

    $596,000 for foster care contracts and placements to address the increasing number of children in the custody of the County;
    Expanded intervention services for children exposed to violence and trauma as part of the nationally recognized Child Development Community Policing Program;
    Funding for eight new senior social workers;
    Investments in services to combat homelessness, and support the growing needs of veterans in the community, including three additional Veteran’s Services officers; enhancement of legal services for VA disability appeals, discharge upgrades and public benefits.

 

Park and Recreation
The FY16 Budget includes investments for Park and Recreation facilities, including the opening of new or renovated facilities at Ramsey Creek Beach, First Ward Park, Double Oaks Pool, Berewick and Reid parks, and the Aquatic Center, as well as deferred maintenance at parks throughout the County. The budget also includes funding for two new park rangers.

The budget also includes increased funding to maintain new facilities for the Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA) and Mecklenburg County MEDIC, and to improve maintenance at other facilities.

High Performing Organization
Exemplary customer service comes from high-performing employees. To recruit and retain high performing employees, the FY16 budget includes pay-for-performance merit increases equivalent of 2 percent of payroll, or an average of 3 percent.

 
League of Municipalities Latest Legislative Bulletin Available Now PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 05:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Bills that affect local governments are featured in the latest edition of the LeagueLINC Bulletin produced by the North Carolina League of Muncipalities.

The newsletter is available at nclm.org. Topics in the June 12 edition include:


-- Senate Tax, Incentive Plan Includes Sales Tax Redistribution

-- Unchanged Design Standards Bill Heads to Governor

-- Senate Presents Local Government Reg. Reform Package

-- Electronic Notice Bill Pops Up in Senate Committee
    
-- Gang Nuisance Abatement Measure Passes Both Chambers
    
--Committee Considers Regulation of Digital Dispatch Networks
    
-- House Committee OKs Maggie Valley De-annexation Bill
    
-- Senate adds Greensboro Council changes to House Trinity bill
   
-- Local Government Bill Turned into Elections Changes
   
--   Moped Requirement Putts Through Senate Committee
    
-- League-Supported Measures Become Law

 
New Cold Storage Facility at Port of Wilmington Expected To Boost Global Export Opportunities PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 15 June 2015 05:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's agriculture business is expected to benefit when a new cold storage facility opens at the Port of Wilmington. Officials broke ground on the 101,000 square foot operation on June 2.

NC Ports Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Cozza said the facility will allow protein producers to lower their cost of doing business to ship products overseas.

Construction will begin soon. The cold storage facility should be open for business by summer 2016.

 
Appointments To District Court Judgeships In Guilford and Wake Counties PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 12 June 2015 05:25

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - David Sherrill of Greensboro and Jefferson Griffin of Raleigh will take seats as District Court judges in Guilford and Wake counties.

Sherrill will fill the 18th Judicial District vacancy created by the retirement of District Court Judge William K. “Pete” Hunter.

Griffin will the vacancy in the 10th Judicial District created by the passing of District Court Judge Jennifer M. Green.

 Sherrill has operated his own general law practice in Greensboro since 2005. Prior to that, he served as a litigation associate specializing in medical malpractice in the Greensboro offices of Crumley and Associates in 2004 and the Law Offices of Wade Byrd in 2003-2004.

Sherill is an NC Central Law School graduate and a registered nurse.

Griffin has served an assistant district attorney in the Wake County District Attorney's Office. He also earned his law degree from NC Centeral's Law School.

 
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