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General Assembly Update
The General Assembly moved at a frenetic pace last week in anticipation of the legislature’s self-imposed “crossover” deadline, requiring all bills that don’t impact the state budget to be passed by one house by the end of April. Bills of interest to the BOCC include:
S566: Senator Tarte’s bill allowing the County to credit accounts for minimal property tax refunds unless the taxpayer requests a check passed the Senate.
S159: Senator Tarte’s bill granting those who owe taxes under the revaluation redo 60 months to make payment if the amount owed is greater than $1,000 and to clarify that a previous owner is responsible for taxes resulting from a change in valuation during their ownership.
While individual legislation addressing the County’s goals related to domestic violence and cash management did not pass, we believe both will be included in larger omnibus legislation incorporated into other bills that remain eligible.
Also, the County is continuing to work with the sponsor of H760, a regulatory reform bill on changes being proposed to storm water regulations that could interfere with Mecklenburg’s efforts to make all County streams fishable and swimmable.
For more information, contact Brian Francis at 980-314-2905 or Brian.Francis@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. County Manager Meeting with Legislators
On Wednesday, I will travel to Raleigh to meet with legislators from our delegation and other key members from across the state to discuss issues of importance to Mecklenburg County.
A principal point of conversation will be the proposals to redistribute sales tax revenue and the potential impact on Mecklenburg County taxpayers. Federal Support for Veterans Services
As the House began debate of the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriation bill this week, Congresswoman Alma Adams offered an amendment to direct the VA to fund local collaboration projects like the NC Serves initiative in Mecklenburg County.
Under House rules, Rep. Adams knew that the amendment was not in order; however, by introducing the measure, she was given time to speak on the floor about the importance of coordinated care. Her remarks can be seen beginning at the 9:45:00 mark here. Quality of Life Study: New Dashboard Release
In May 2015, the latest Quality of Life Study data will be available in the Quality of Life Explorer, an enhanced, online neighborhood data dashboard that includes a number of new functions and features.
The dashboard contains extensive neighborhood-level data across a range of subjects that is displayed in maps and graphs. The project represents a unique collaboration between Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and UNC Charlotte that dates back to the 1990's. More recently, the study was expanded to include all six towns within Mecklenburg County.
Data from the system will enhance future Community Pulse Reports as well as inform the County’s future strategic planning efforts. This year’s Quality of Life Explorer will be a topic for a future Budget/Public Policy meeting later in the year. A public launch event is scheduled for June 3. The new dashboard is available here: http://mcmap.org/qol/
For additional question, please contact John Chesser at 980-314-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org National School Nurse Day
National School Nurse Day is this Tuesday, May 6. This gives me an excellent opportunity to recognize and celebrate Mecklenburg County school nurses and the efforts they make every day to improve the safety, health and academic success of all students.
I am proud that we have a school nurse in every school in the county to model healthy behavior and encourage healthy lifestyles for our children. To our nurses, thank you for all that you do. Livable Communities Phase II Kickoff
More than 100 private and nonprofit community organizations attended a kickoff event last week for the next phase of the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan (MLCP).
Our Board, along with elected officials from the City of Charlotte, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville, endorsed the MLCP process earlier this year. The next phase of the process focuses on developing collaborative solutions that help meet MLCP strategies.
Community partners expect to report progress toward MLCP strategies by mid-2016.To follow the progress of these partners and engage in community dialogue throughout the year visit livablemeck.com.
For more information, contact Heidi Pruess at 704-336-5597 or Heidi.Pruess@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.