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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 Commission Capsule

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

AWARDS AND PROCLAMATIONS. The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month; May 21 - 27, 2006 as Hand in Hand With Children: National Missing and Exploited Children Week; and May 14 - 20 as EMS Week in Mecklenburg County.

PUBLIC APPEARANCE. The following people addressed the Board on items not on the agenda:

  • Theresa Elder and Rev. Davius Miller on the Elite Academy
  • Jeanie Welch on Charlotte East Summer Fest
  • Donna Jenkins Dawson and Neisha Dawson on Upward Bounds
  • Reverend Marin Cuffe on Revolution Park

APPOINTMENTS. The Board made the following appointments:

  • Barbara Benningfield to the Adult Care Home Advisory Committee
  • John Chanon and James Polk to the Alcohol Beverage Control Board
  • Charles Teal to the CMUD Advisory Committee
  • Steven Mabel and Judy Smith to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee
  • Laura McClettie, Robert Patterson, and Stephanie Taylor to the Park and Recreation Commission
  • Roberta Farman, David Howard and George Sheild to the Planning Commission

LAND ACQUISITIONS. The Board approved the following land acquisitions:

  • The purchase of a portion of a parcel in Block 2 of Country Club Village on Masonic Drive from Charlotte Country Club for $15,000. The land will be used for the Briar Creek Greenway.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the exchange a 46-acre site for a 59-acre site, both located off West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius. The County land will be leased to the Town of Cornelius for construction of district park facilities.

CMC RANDOLPH RENOVATION. The Board approved recognizing $1.2 million in revenue from Carolinas Medical Center and appropriated these funds as part of a renovation of the Behavioral Health Center off Randolph Road. The Board has approved $7.7 million in Certificates of Participation for this project. The additional funds are needed due to construction cost increases and the addition of non-structural items such as IT infrastructure.

PUBLIC HEARING ON STORM WATER FEE INCREASE. The Board held a public hearing on proposed storm water fee increases within the City of Charlotte. By agreement with the City, any proposed fee increases for the city portion of the storm water system require a public hearing by both the Charlotte City Council and Board of County Commissioners. City staff is requesting a 7% fee increase to fund planned storm water capital improvement projects and address new and backlogged requests for service. Ultimately, the decision regarding the fee increase will be made by the Charlotte City Council.

RECOMMENDED BUDGET. The Board received the County Manager’s Recommended Budget for FY2006 - 2007. County Manager Harry L. Jones, Sr. proposes a $1.34 billion budget with a countywide property tax rate of 82.66 cents, a one-cent (1.02 cents) decrease from the current rate of 83.68 cents per $100 valuation.

Jones recommends additional funding to add 20 school health nurses and 11 public health inspectors. He also proposes a $2.1 million increase to indigent care funding, $267,000 to reduce or eliminate waiting lists for domestic violence protection and prevention services, $1 million to expand this year’s air quality improvement pilot project, and an additional $610,000 for court-related resources to speed adjudication of criminal cases. The Recommended Budget also proposes $10.4 million (3.6%) for CMS operating funding for enrollment growth, based on the current per pupil funding, $3.1 million for CPCC operating to address the increase in facility square feet, and $6.4 million for FY2006 and FY2007 employee pay for performance merit increases.

More details on the budget are available at http://countybudget.charmeck.org. Residents wishing to speak on the recommended budget may do so at a public hearing starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte. Sign up to speak by calling 704-432-2071 or online at the Web site. Board workshops will be held May 23 – 25; 30-31 and June 1. The Board is schedule to approve the Budget on June 6.

The next regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. in the Meeting Chamber. The agenda will be available at http://BOCCagendas.charmeck.org/ on Friday, June 2.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners met in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center on Tuesday, May 16, 2006. The meeting is scheduled for re-telecast at various times on the Government Channel, Time-Warner Cable Channel 16 and GOV-TV digital cable channel 232.The meeting can also be viewed online at


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