(A summary of decisions made by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:)
PROCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS.
The Board recognized volunteers of the Adopt-A-Stream and Storm Drain Marking programs; proclaimed May 21 - 25 as DSS Eligibility Workers Week in Mecklenburg County; proclaimed May 2007 as Older Americans Month in Mecklenburg County; adopted a proclamation welcoming the National Organization of Black County Officials to Mecklenburg County; proclaimed May 19 as Pull'em Up Day in Mecklenburg County; and proclaimed May 20 as Students Together Against Recklessness Day in Charlotte in Mecklenburg County.
The following citizens addressed the Board on matters not appearing on the agenda:
- Beverley Dorn-Steele on WTVI's Ready to Learn literacy service
- Martin Davis on abortion
- Marc Gustafson on the literacy program Guys Read
The Board made the following appointments:
- Mary Richardson and Elton Shoemaker to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
- Tommie Blakeney, Charles Roberts, Jr., Andrew Sliwinski, Charles Boozer and James Bowers to the Board of Motor Vehicle Review
- Roni-Marzetta Jones to the Central Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees
- Robert Bischoff and Robert Zuckerman to the Citizen's Transit Advisory Group
- Keva Walton to the CMUD Advisory Community
- Gail Gibson to the Jury Commission
- John Barry, Owen Furuseth, Scott McClure and Bradley Pearce to the Park and Recreation Commission
- Linda Lancaster, William Wilder, Andrew Corbett, Jack Holbein and Christine Schmid to the Personnel Commission
- Edward Lewis to the Public Broadcasting Authority
- Clarissy Knox to the Region F Aging Advisory Committee
- Spice Vice to the Waste Management Advisory Board
- Barbara Bondra and Julie Owens to the Women's Commission
STORM WATER FEES.
The Board held two public hearings on proposed storm water fee increases for City of Charlotte residents and Mecklenburg County residents. The City of Charlotte storm water service is requesting a 7 percent fee increase to help fund planned capital improvement projects and backlogged requests for services for the minor storm water system within the City of Charlotte. A decision on this request will be made at a later date by the Charlotte City Council.
County storm water services is requesting a 21-cent increase in the major system fee for a proposed expansion of the pay-as-you-go capital improvement program. The fee increase would allow up to 120 floodprone structures be removed from the floodplain, reduce sediment erosion in streams, and restore seven miles of creeks over three years. A decision on this request will be made at a later date by the Board of County Commissioners.
County Manager Harry Jones proposed an annual budget for FY2007 – 2008 that increases local funding for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools by $25.2 million, saves more money for future capital projects, protects the County's top credit rating by contributing additional dollars to retiree obligations, and continues to ensure that employees are being paid at market rate.
The County Manager is recommending a County budget of $1.46 billion, an increase of $126.5 million (9.5%) over the FY2007 Adopted Budget. The $1.46 billion-dollar budget requires a countywide property tax rate of 85.14 cents, a 3.25 cent increase from the current rate of 81.89 cents per $100 valuation. Property owners with property assessed at $200,000 would see their County tax bill increase by $65, while increasing operating funding for CMS and addressing other critical service needs.
The County Manager's recommended FY2008 budget is built around five strategic policy questions for the Board of County Commissioners. These questions involve school funding guidelines, retiree benefits, employee compensation, use of lottery revenue, and a pay-as-you-go fund. The Board will conduct a public hearing on May 24; to sign up to speak, call 704-336-2647 or visit http://countybudget.charmeck.org. The Board is scheduled to adopt the FY2008 budget on June 5.
The Board approved the following land acquisitions:
- The purchase price of $1,218,000 for 9.93 acres at 16912 Davidson-Concord Road. The purchase from Allain and Mary Catherine Andry is conditional on adoption of a capital project ordinance by the Board by February 1, 2008. The purchase would be for an elementary school site that will be part of a mixed-use development.
- The purchase of two parcels on Jennings Street from the heirs of Mary Fowler Smith. The parcels will be used as part of a new park in Lincoln Heights.
- The donation of 2.959 acres off Lancaster Highway from Dexter Yager Property/Yager Family Partnership, LLC. The property will be used for greenway purposes.