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January 9, 2009
Public Policy Workshop Update
It is important for Board members to make every effort to attend the January 13 public policy workshop. This workshop is dedicated primarily to prepare Board members for the Strategic Planning Conference (SPC) later this month.
The January 13 workshop will begin at 3 p.m. with a briefing on the Board's Community & Corporate Scorecard. This discussion will be followed by instructions and deadlines for a priority ranking assignment Board members will be asked to complete individually. The ranking information will be gathered and compiled by County staff prior to the Board's SPC. This information will be provided to the Board at the SPC as a starting point for establishing the Board's strategic priorities for the coming fiscal year. Therefore, it is important that Board members attend the January 13 workshop in preparation of the SPC.
For additional information, please contact Management & Budget Director Hyong Yi, 704-336-6935.

Revaluation Update
At its December 2 regular meeting, the Board discussed uniform schedules of values, standards, and the 2009 reappraisal. The Board voted to delay a revaluation until 2010 or 2011 and directed staff to return in January with additional information to assist the Board in deciding which year revaluation should occur.
This item will be placed on the Board's January 21 regular meeting agenda. Tax Assessor Garrett Alexander will provide a comparison of the financial and staffing impact of performing the revaluation in 2010 compared to 2011.
Proposed Homelessness Partnership
At its February 10 public policy workshop, the Board will receive a briefing on a proposed partnership dealing with homelessness. County staff with Community Support Services Department (CSS) has worked in conjunction with the Urban Ministry Center (UMC) to further UMC's Homeless to Homes project. This project serves the chronic homeless population and has met with success on a limited scale.
Over the past several months, CSS and UMC staff developed a proposal for federal funding that would expand this partnership. This federal funding request would support additional housing for homeless people as well as enhanced services to help these people maintain stable housing. Details will be provided to the Board at the February 10 workshop.
On Monday, January 12, The Charlotte Observer plans to publish an article regarding local homelessness issues. The article will highlight progress in implementing the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, and the challenges associated with this effort. We anticipate the story will mention the Hall House project, which is scheduled to open in the near future. The story also is likely to identify numerous difficulties our community and others continue to face in addressing this issue. The CSS/UMC partnership is part of the Plan's strategy for local government, non-profit and faith organizations (among others) to collaborate in creating affordable housing and sufficient emergency shelter space for people who are homeless.
Board members who would like additional information should contact General Manager Janice Allen Jackson, 704-336-2086. 
- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager

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