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Board Bulletin
June 2, 2014
Hattie B. Anthony ‘Fighting Back Center’ Dedication Ceremony

A final reminder that a dedication ceremony for the Hattie B. Anthony “Fighting Back Center" is set for Wednesday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will take place at the center, located at 1705 Rosa Parks Place, behind the Beatties Ford Road Health Department location. Friends and family will gather to celebrate Ms. Anthony’s life and contributions to the community, with a ceremony and reception immediately following.

If you have questions about the ceremony, contact Citizen Involvement Coordinator Sophia Hollingsworth at 980-722-2111 or via email.
Tax Collector’s Employees Earn Certification

Some of our tax collector employees are now state-certified.

On April 10, five employees from the Office of the Tax Collector (OTC) received their North Carolina Tax Collectors Association (NCTCA) certification.

Completing the NCTCA process requires a minimum of two years and requires participants to take multiple classes and pass numerous requirements to meet the certification standards.

The following OTC employees received their NCTCA certifications: Tiffany Gibson-McNair (Assistant Tax Collector); Joyce Phillips (Assistant Tax Collector); Tiffany Thames (Deputy Tax Collector); Sandra Walker (Deputy Tax Collector); and Nasoshia Crowder (Assistant Tax Collector).

If you have questions, contact Tax Collector Neal Dixon at 704-336-3233.
Legislative Update

The General Assembly continues to move at a quick pace, sending the Energy Modernization Act and Omnibus Tax Law Changes bill to the Governor last week. The latter has been signed into law, while the former awaits the Governor’s signature. The House also passed its version of a regulatory reform bill in answer to the Senate’s previous passage of similar legislation.

Most noteworthy, the Senate passed its version of a state budget early Saturday morning. The bill includes significant pay raises for teachers (a part of the Board’s legislative agenda), while reducing teacher assistant positions and making cuts in Medicaid. The bill retains lottery funding for counties and makes no large cuts to counties. It does include a number of small changes that shift costs to counties. For instance, a change in funding for Air Quality programs will mean a $50,000 reduction in funding to Mecklenburg. A change in the cost share allocation for forestry personnel will mean a $39,000 cost increase to Park and Rec. We are continuing to analyze the Senate budget and will monitor action taken in the House.

As always, if you have any questions about the issues being considered in Raleigh, feel free to contact Brian Francis at 704 336-2311 or via email.
-- Dena Diorio, County Manager

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