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2006 News from Mecklenburg County


January 18, 2006

MECKLENBURG COUNTY: PERFORMANCE REPORT AVAILABLE IN BUSINESS JOURNAL, CHARLOTTE WEEKLY, AND ONLINE

Charlotte, NC - Mecklenburg County’s 2005 "State of the County Report" shows that the County has achieved about half of the Board of County Commissioners’ long-range goals for the community. The State of the County Report is to be distributed in the Charlotte Business Journal on January 20 and The Charlotte Weekly on January 27. It is also available here and at various County facilities.

The State of the County Report uses objective data to measure and report on the County’s performance. Using a performance management tool called the Balanced Scorecard, the State of the County Report focuses on 35 specific measures to gauge the County’s success in achieving the goals established by the Board of County Commissioners.

Some positive highlights from the 2005 State of the County Report include:

• Achieved the goal of having the County’s abused children rate at or below the state rate (4.2 cases vs. 14 cases per 1,000 population).

• An increase of 1.18% from FY2004 in the number of jobs. Also, the County's unemployment rate (4.92%) is below the State's unemployment rate (5.28%).

• Twelve historic landmarks or sites were preserved in FY2004.

• The County maintained its Triple A bond rating, the highest possible rating.

The report also shows several areas where improvement is needed:

• Improve the way the County handles pre-trial services to reduce jail population and keep the community safe. In FY05, the percentage change in pre-trial population was 7.38%, compared to an arrest rate of 0.39%. The goal is a rate of no greater than 2% annually.

• The Health Index reveals 17% of targeted health goals were attained, including adolescent pregnancy, preventable mortality and communicable disease rates. The desire is to obtain 75% or more of targeted health goals.

• The percentage of new businesses decreased by 26.7% last year.

• 13.9% of the County's population is on public assistance. The goal is less than 12%.

• Property taxes account for 2.10% of household income in Mecklenburg County. The goal is 1.72%, a benchmark set by comparing Mecklenburg County to similar size jurisdictions.

In addition to being available online, hard copies are available at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street and Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street. A report can also be obtained by calling the County’s Public Service and Information Department at 704-336-2475.



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