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State legislative leaders passed the $22.34 billion state budget last week. The new spending plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which began July 1, represents a 2.8 percent spending increase over the 2015-16 budget.
The budget gives teachers average raises of 4.7 percent, increasing teacher pay from $47,783 to $50,186 next year and to $54,224 over three years. It gives most other state employees a 1.5 percent across-the-board pay raise, as well as a half-percent bonus, and will set aside $80 million for merit-based bonuses for state employees who qualify. Government retirees will get a one-time bonus of 1.6 percent under the plan, instead of a permanent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to their retirement benefits, due to concerns about the cost of a COLA to the state pension funds.
The major tax policy change in the budget is an increase the standard deduction for married taxpayers filing jointly by $2000 over two years, bringing it to $17,500.
State lawmakers also directed nearly $475 million into the state’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing its balance to nearly $1.6 billion, or about 7.5 percent of the budget.
Budget documents can be accessed and reviewed through the following links:
Compromise State Budget – Special ProvisionsCompromise State Budget – Money Report
For more information, contact Deputy County Manager Chris Peek at 980-314-2881 or Chris.Peek@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Update on Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Compliance
In an effort to ensure continued ADA compliance, the County has contracted with a national accessibility firm to assist with the review and update of our ADA self-evaluation and transition plans. The ADA required every Title II entity to conduct a self-evaluation and complete a transition plan to identify areas of noncompliance with the ADA by 1992. While the County met this requirement, it is recommended that periodic updates to these plans occur as programs and activities change over time.
Accessology is a national consulting company on accessibility related issues based out of McKinney, Texas. Accessology will work with the County ADA Team to lead the program assessment of seven County departments as follows:
• Behavioral Health Division• Child Support Enforcement• Community Support Services• Department of Social Services• Health• Land Use & Environmental Services Agency• Park and Recreation
Results from this phase will help inform what will become a full inventory of all County departments. This assessment will begin this month with completion scheduled for the end of the calendar year.
For more information, please contact Timmothy Tibbs at 980-314-2915 or Timmothy.Tibbs@MecklenburgCountyNC.Gov. CSS Teams with Panthers Legend for 2nd Youth Summit This Weekend
This Saturday, Community Support Services Prevention and Intervention Services is partnering with LoveSpeaksOut to host the 2nd Youth Summit. It is set for Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Hal Marshall Building. This year’s youth conference will focus on healthy relationships and how to help friends in abusive relationships.
We look forward to seeing you there.
For more information on the Youth Summit, please contact Melissa Siegel-Barrios at 704-621-5464 or Melissa.Siegel-Barrios@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. County Hosts Career Fair on Aug. 5
Mecklenburg County Department of Human Resources will host a career fair on Friday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte.
Commissioners are welcome to attend the career fair which is open to current employees and the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about County benefits and career and talent development opportunities and meet with representative from several departments.
Those interested in attending are able to register here by July 29.
For more information, please contact Talent Acquisition at 980-314-2787 or email CareerFair@mecklenburgcountync.gov. Save the Date: Second Open Streets 704 Event Set for Oct. 23
Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and Partners for Parks will hold the next Open Streets 704 event on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 1 – 5 p.m. Route details are still being finalized and will be released soon. As soon as the route is confirmed, nearby businesses and residents will be notified so they can plan accordingly. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police and Charlotte Fire departments will support the events.
This Oct. 23 event will be the second of a series of four events made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation. The first event in May drew approximately 10,000 participants on foot, bike, skateboards, rollerblades, and in strollers. County and City employees intend to use the four-event series to assess whether an ongoing Open Streets program makes sense for the community.
For more information, visit www.openstreets704.com or contact Jim Garges at 980-314-1012, James.Garges@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or Dr. Marcus Plescia at 980-314-9020, Marcus.Plescia@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.