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Tuesday, June 6, 2006 Commission Capsule

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

AWARDS AND PROCLAMATIONS. The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed June 14 as Liz Hair Day in Mecklenburg County. Liz Hair is the first woman to chair the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and the first named section of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, the Liz Hair Nature Walk, is named after her.

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

  • Pat Martinez on Mi Casa Su Casa
  • Blanche Penn on Winners Plus

APPOINTMENTS. The Board made the following appointments:

  • Mark Billings to the Mecklenburg EMS Joint Agency Board of Commissioners
  • John Chanon as Chairman of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
  • John Luby to the Central Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees
  • Mary Wilson and Teresa Sharp to the Park and Recreation Commission

LAND ACQUISITIONS. The Board approved the purchase of 2.2 acres on East Rocky River Road for $6,000 per acre from Robert and Charlotte Miller, and approved leasing the property to the Town of Davidson for future parkland development. The Board also accepted the donation of nearly half an acre from Citiline, Inc. The land is near First and Elliot Streets and will be used for greenway along Irwin Creek.

OPERATING BUDGET. The Board approved the FY2007 budget. The budget ordinance reflects actions taken by the Board during recent budget workshops resulting in a total budget of $1.33 billion with the County budget being $930.4 million and a tax rate of 81.89 cents, a decrease of 1.79 cents. This will reduce the property tax bill for a $200,000 home by $35.80. This budget also will increase operating funding for public schools by $24.8 million, and adds funding to increase the number of school nurses, and health inspectors, and to open and operate the new courthouse and new park facilities. Funding also will increase County employee pay and the increased cost of medical and dental insurance for employees. There also is additional money to pay for maintenance of county buildings and to cover the increased cost of Medicaid.

BOARD SALARIES. The Board approved changes to salaries of Board members. Following the policy approved by the Board on September 8, 2004, the salary increase for Board members is based upon the average merit increase received by County employees in the current fiscal year. The salary for the Board Chairman will increase from $25,003.00 to $25,878.11 and the salary for the other Board members will increase from $20,002.32 to $20,702.40.

STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT. The Board received the 2006 State of the Environment Report. The report describes Mecklenburg County’s current environmental status for the public and Board of County Commissioners; gives objective measures to evaluate progress toward a clean, healthy environment; highlights the major environmental issues facing the County; and recommends direction concerning those issues. The theme of this year’s report is “New Expectations.” The report is available online at

DAVIDSON STORM WATER FEE. The Board held a public hearing on proposed storm water fee increases within the Town of Davidson. The City of Charlotte, Towns and Mecklenburg County have divided storm water responsibilities based on the “major” and “minor” storm water system. The major systems are those creeks that drain greater than a square mile – these creeks have traditionally been called the “FEMA regulated streams.” Mecklenburg County is responsible for those streams throughout the County. Municipalities are responsible for the minor system within its corporate limits that drain storm water to the major system.

In January 2003, the Town of Davidson established the minor system component of thirty cents per month per single family residence. This was to generate revenue to offset the Town’s costs associated with the EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) joint water quality permit. As part of its FY2007 budget, the Town is considering increasing its minor system component to $0.65 per month per single family residence. This generates an additional $20,000 a year in minor system revenue to address minor system storm water problems or fund other storm water related services. There is no fiscal impact for Mecklenburg County. All funds generated from the minor system component of the fee will be returned to the Town, the jurisdiction in which the fee will be levied.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners met in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on Tuesday, June 6, 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.

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