The Board of County Commissioners discussed two matters at its April 23 Budget/Public Policy Workshop at the government center.
Coalition for Housing
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing was formed to implement the community’s 10-year plan to end homelessness. Stacy Lowry, Director of Community Support Services and Mike Rizer, Director of Community Development presented the coalition’s implementation plan which consists of providing housing for the homeless, outreach and engagement and homelessness prevention. The 10-year plan was adopted by the BOCC in March 2008 and this is the first year the coalition is asking the BOCC, the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Housing Authority for funding. The Coalition proposes that $1.362 million be included in the County’s FY14 budget as the County share of public funding.
Management and Budget Director Hyong Yi briefed the Board on financial needs to pay for upkeep of County facilities, County IT infrastructure and the County Fleet. The County owns and operates 468 buildings and parking decks, a total of 8.2 million square feet. It would require $35.32 million to repair/replace everything that has been identified. The fleet drives 9.2 million miles a year and uses 629,000 gallons of fuel and staff has a formula to help decide when a vehicle needs to be replaced. When you add up the needs for fleet, facilities and technology, it comes to nearly $50 million. Staff will be recommending to the manager that he include about $15 million in his Recommended Budget to cover the most critical needs. The money comes from the Enterprise Reserve Fund.