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Commission Capsule - May 15, 2012

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 6pm on May 15, 2012. Here are some of the highlights of the meeting:

Manager’s FY13 Recommended Budget
Manager Harry Jones has recommended a County operating budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 of $1.4 billion, an increase of $31.3 million dollars or 2.3 percent. The tax rate to support the recommended budget is 79.22 cents, a decrease of 2.44 cents from the current budget. Mr. Jones says his budget doesn’t try and restore all of what was cut over the past few years. It will focus on sustaining County operations while maintaining fiscal discipline. The recommendation includes $335 million for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, a $9.1 million increase over current funding. CPCC’s budget will increase $1.5 million to $27.3 million. Full budget details can be viewed here. You can view a video with highlights of the Manager's Recommended Budget here. The Board is expected to adopt a budget at its June 5 meeting.

Revaluation Review
At its May 1, 2012 meeting, the Board directed the County Manager to report back to the Board no later than June 19 with a recommended reviewer, specific scope of work to be performed and budget for conducting a review of the 2011 revaluation. To ensure sufficient time to develop and receive Board approval of a Request for Proposals (RFP) and to provide sufficient time for prospective bidders to submit responses to the RFP, the Board is asked to approve a proposed process timeline and the concept of incorporating citizen involvement in the review process. The goal is to involve residents by working with them directly to ensure their concerns and aspirations are understood and considered, and by promising that their concerns and aspirations will be directly reflected in the alternatives developed by the outside, independent contractor’s recommendations and ultimately any decisions made by the County Manager and/or Board. The Board approved the agenda item.

Domestic Violence Advisory Board Annual Report
The Advisory Board reports there were four domestic homicides in 2011. The  State of North Carolina ranks 4th nationally in the number of homicides by men against women. There were 36,020 domestic disturbance 911 calls in 2011 in Mecklenburg County. There is an increasing trend of women being arrested for domestic disturbance. The Advisory Board recommends:
• Continuing domestic violence education, prevention and services
• Expand training for police in assessing aggressors
• Use media technology to support a Magistrate in North Mecklenburg County
• Support increased awareness of human trafficking and intervention in Mecklenburg County

View the full Domestic Violence Advisory Board report.

Fund Balance Policy
All local governments are required by law to carry a fund balance, a rainy day fund to protect it from unforeseen events. Mecklenburg County highlights the fund balance in its budget ordinance and budget book each year. A change by the Government Accounting Standards Board will require a change in the County’s Fund Balance Policy. Finance Director Dena Diorio presented the proposed new policy to the Board at this meeting for information purposes. The Board will vote to approve the new policy at a future meeting.

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