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Board Bulletin
June 9, 2014
FY2015 County Budget Process: Important Dates

To help plan for the final two weeks of the County’s budget process, I want to again remind you of the key dates leading up to the vote to adopt Mecklenburg County’s FY2015 Operating Budget.

The remainder of the Budget Calendar is as follows:
  • June 10 at 3:00 p.m. – Board of County Commissioners Budget Workshop
  • June 11 at 6:00 p.m. – Budget Public Hearing for the Board to receive citizens’ comments
  • June 12 at 3:00 p.m. – Board of County Commissioners straw vote
  • June 17 at 6:00 p.m. – Board of County Commissioners adopt the FY2015 Operating Budget
For those who want to speak at the June 11 Budget Public Hearing, they can call 704-336-2086 or sign up online at http://boccspeakerbph.mecklenburgcountync.gov through June 9.

To reserve a slot, speakers must provide the name/names of those talking, a phone number, who they are representing, and the specific budget issue they will address.

Residents should sign up as soon as possible and can do so through Monday, June 9. After that date, speakers must sign up when they arrive at the meeting on June 11.

Time Allotment for Speakers: An organization represented by one person or an individual representing himself or herself is allowed three minutes to speak. Each organization is allowed no more than four speakers with a time allotment of ten minutes total for the group. NOTE: As you know, the Board reserves the right to alter these rules on a case-by-case basis as necessary for the efficient and effective conduct of business.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Legislative Update

The General Assembly took a pause in its budget process last week as the House digested the Senate’s plan and began behind the scenes discussions for its FY15 fiscal blueprint. We expect the House to release its budget either today or tomorrow, and the Speaker announced that the House will consider its spending plan on Thursday and Friday of this week. I have asked Brian Francis to provide an overview of the Senate’s plan as well as any information on the House budget that is available at your Public Policy workshop June 10.
Some Reappraisals Resulting in Higher Tax Bills
As the work to fulfill the requirements of the General Assembly-mandated Revaluation Review (SL-362) continues, the assessors are finding that the values of some properties are increasing. Values that increase as a result of the review will be assessed additional taxes owed for 2011 through 2014.
By law, the current property owner is responsible for all additional taxes owed as a result of the Revaluation Review, even if they did not own the property for some of that time.
So far, this is affecting 6,982 parcels, most for multiple years. The number will grow as the reappraisals continue. The bills become delinquent on January 6, 2015.
To make the public aware, we are publishing an insert in the tax bills that will go out this month, and we are updating our web page to increase awareness. If you have questions, contact Ken Joyner at 704-336-2976 or email.


Community Meetings Set for Park, Greenway and Nature Preserve Projects

Over the next several months, Park and Recreation will host several community information sessions to update residents on the design and enhancement of various parks, nature preserves and greenways throughout the County. Below is the meeting schedule, which is also available at www.parkandrec.com if you or your constituents want to attend. All meetings begin at 6 p.m.:
 
For more information, contact Jim Garges, Park and Recreation director, at 704-335-5470 or via email.
Homeless Assessment Underway

A new assessment structure is trying to help the homeless navigate the housing system and streamline the way services are provided.

Coordinated Assessment is a community-wide effort to create a single services entry portal for individuals and families who are homeless – or who will be within 72 hours – to connect them quickly to available shelter or housing.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s soft launch began on May 6, 2014, and is being tested throughout the summer to try and qualify for federal money later this year.

Mecklenburg County, through Community Support Services, provides five of the seven social workers assigned to Coordinated Assessment at multiple locations in Mecklenburg County.

Prior to this effort, those seeking help may have had to visit multiple agencies to determine where they could find help.

Under the new structure, anyone seeking help because they are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness – which is within the next 72 hours – go through Coordinated Assessment.

Being homeless is defined as living:
  • in a place not meant for human habitation;
  • in emergency shelter (including domestic violence shelter);
  • in transitional housing;
  • or, leaving an institution where the individual temporarily resided for up to 90 days and were in shelter or a place not meant for human habitation immediately prior to entering that institution.
If you have questions, please contact Stacy Lowry, CSS director, at 704-336-3784 or via email.
-- Dena Diorio, County Manager


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