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Tuesday, May 17, 2005 Commission Capsule

A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners met in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on Tuesday, May 17, 2005. The meeting was televised live on The Government Channel, cable 16 and rebroadcast on WTVI at Midnight. The meeting was scheduled for re-telecast on channel 16 May 18 at 9 p.m. and May 20 at 9 a.m. It also airs at various times on GOV-TV, Time-Warner Digital Cable Channel 232.

PROCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS. The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed June 4, 2005 as Little Sugar Creek Greenway Day; proclaimed June 4, 2005 as Land Trust Day; recognized May as Asthma Awareness Month; and proclaimed May 17, 2005 as Armed Services Day in Mecklenburg County.

PUBLIC APPEARANCE. The following people addressed the Board: Nancy E. Pethel on Confederate History Week; Michael Marks, Anna Bennett and Rob Weigle on helping the homeless; Xavier Johnson on the Thomasboro Youth Council; Blanche Penn on Winners Plus; Shanna Palmer on comments made by Commissioner Mitchell and on reparations; Mark Palmer on Gay Pride Day in Marshall Park.

APPOINTMENTS. The Board made the following appointments:

Spencer Thomas to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
Charles D. Roberts, Jr. to the Board of Motor Vehicle Review
Philip Bell, Samuel Belnavis, John Burton, Gretchen Easton, Lawanda Horton, Andrea Huff, William W. Marchant Jr., and Danny McKay to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee
Steven Wilson to the CMUD Advisory Committee
Robert Bischoff to the Citizen's Transit Advisory Group
Gail Gibson to the Jury Commission
Hillary Broga, Susan Harmon and Kent Rittenhouse to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee
William Brawley, James Brown and Larry Huelsman to the Park and Recreation Commission
Mark Loflin to the Planning Commission
Carolyn Mints and John Nicolay to the Public Broadcasting Authority
Albert Lyles to the Region F Aging Advisory Committee.

FY2005-2006 RECOMMENDED BUDGET. County Manager Harry Jones proposed a total budget of $1.22 billion for FY2005 - 2006, which requires a countywide property tax rate of 83.88 cents.  The County Manager says increases in debt, Medicaid and other mandated and core services is the reason he is proposing a property tax rate increase of 8.21 cents.  This is a 10.9 percent increase in the tax rate from the current rate of 75.67 cents per $100 valuation.

The County Manager is asking the Board to dedicate $31.7 million in sales tax revenue to establish a pay-as-you-go reserve fund.  This fund would allow the County to pay for the construction and renovation of some County facilities without borrowing money, which would eliminate millions of dollars in interest costs.

The FY2006 Recommended Budget proposes an increase of $18.3 million from FY2005 for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) operations and an $11.9 million increase for CMS debt service. CPCC is recommended for funding at $33.3 million, an increase of $4.0 million from the FY2005 Amended Budget of $29.3 million.

Residents can go to for more information and to access " My County Budget," an interactive tool that allows them to create their own version of the County budget by adding or subtracting funding from various County programs and services.  This online tool also lets people see instantly how the changes would affect their tax bill. Residents who wish to comment on the recommended budget may sign up for two public hearings, May 19 (County services) and May 26 (education services). The public hearings will be held at 6 p.m. in the meeting chamber of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, and televised live on the Government Channel (Time-Warner Cable Channel 16). Residents can sign up to speak by calling 704-432-0645 or register online at

RESOLUTION ON EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY. The Board amended its equal employment opportunity policy statement to add sexual orientation to race, color, gender, religion, creed, age and disability as the basis of non-discrimination in hiring, training, promoting and terminating employees.

NAMING OF THIRD WARD PARK. The Board received information regarding the process for naming the park planned for development in the Third Ward of Charlotte's center city.

BUSINESS INVESTMENT GRANT. The Board approved a business investment grant to Ferguson Supply and Box Manufacturing Company.  Ferguson plans to build a 182,000 square foot facility, investing $6.2 million.  This also includes plans to add 15 new jobs at an annual salary of $37,300.  This new investment is estimated to increase the county's revenue by $76,300 a year.  The grant provides between $30,000 - $40,000 a year for five years. The City of Charlotte will also participate in providing a grant.

RESOLUTION ON ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF REVENUE. The Board adopted a resolution supporting legislation that would provide local governments the authority to levy a local land transfer tax, called growth taxes, as an alternative source of revenue than property taxes.


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