A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.
PROCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS: The Board of County Commissioners recognized four Mecklenburg County programs for receiving National Association of Counties Achievement Awards: Park and Recreation's Catch-A-Wave wi-fi service, Young Achievers, and Queen City Dolphins, and the Tax Collector's privilege license system.
The Board also proclaimed September 2006 as "National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month" and September 9, 2006 as "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day."
PUBLIC APPEARANCE: The following people addressed the Board on items not on the agenda:
- Mark Cieslikowiski and Craig Washington on Continental Tire.
- Martin Davis on the Gay Pride festival.
APPOINTMENTS: The Board made the following appointments:
- Jo Anne Miller to the Huntersville Planning Board as an extraterritorial jurisdiction representative
- Malachi Greene to the BizHub
- Tyyawdi Baker, Raphael Basisa and Gwendolyn High to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee
- Shannon Chavis-Smith to the Information Services and Technology Committee
WHITE OAK PLANTATION: The Board approved the Historic Landmarks Commission purchase of the White Oak Plantation on Hood Road for historic preservation. The Board recognized and appropriated $1,250,000 in proceeds from previous property sales for the purchase. White Oak Plantation was built by Revolutionary War soldier William Johnston and is among the oldest dwellings in Mecklenburg County, dating to the 1790s.
HEALTH DISPARTIES REPORT: The Board received a report from the Health Department about disparities in health based on race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. The report includes a call to action to eliminate these disparities in Mecklenburg County by increasing awareness of these differences, promoting healthy living, and targeting customer-friendly health services for poor people and minorities.
CULTURAL FACILITIES AGREEMENTS/VEHICLE RENTAL TAX HEARING: The Board received a briefing on the proposed cultural facilities agreements between the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and the developer of these facilities. One of the primary roles for Mecklenburg County is levying a new vehicle rental tax authorized during the 2006 NC legislative session. The Board set a public hearing for September 19 at 6:30 p.m. on a proposed new vehicle rental tax. All of the new car rental tax revenues must go to the City of Charlotte and be used to support transit. However, the City can free up an equal amount of funds they allocate to transit and use it to support the cultural facilities plan. The City plans to distribute approximately 10 percent of the new vehicle rental tax funds to the six towns based on actual vehicle rentals in the towns. The Board has the authority to levy up to a 5 cents increase in the vehicle rental tax with each penny generating approximately $1.5 million. A levy of 4 percent is needed to cover the expected cost of the cultural facilities. The Board can approve this new tax between September 19 and October 31, with the tax becoming effective on November 1 or December 1.