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Top Ten News Stories Sept. 2-13, 2011
 This list will be issued on a weekly basis to assist media in identifying potential news stories that reflect the total spectrum of Mecklenburg County government services.

  1. County To Consider The Purchase Of Flooded Properties:
    On Sept. 7, at its regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will consider Storm Water Services staff’s recommendation to make offers to purchase properties that flooded Aug. 5. To qualify for a buyout, the flooded property must meet specific criteria. Such buyouts are paid for with Storm Water fee revenue, not property tax revenue. More info

  2. Ceremony To Mark 10th Anniversary Of 9/11: 
    Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte will hold a special “Stop and Remember” ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The event takes place at the Band Shell in Freedom Park from noon – 1 p.m. The ceremony will begin with the posting of colors (Charlotte Fire Department, CMPD Honor Guard), followed by brief remarks from elected officials, the laying of wreaths and flowers and a moment of silence. 

  3. DSS Education Summit, Sept. 10: 
    The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and its partner agencies invite foster parents and their families, or people interested in becoming foster parents, to the DSS Education Summit 2011 on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Philip O. Berry Academy of Technology. This interactive, fun Saturday event combines educational activities for kids (K-12) along with educational sessions for foster parents and would-be foster parents. For more information or to sign-up to attend, call (704) 353-1524 or dssrsvp@MecklenburgCountyNC.Gov.

  4. Early Voting Now In Effect For Charlotte City Council And More: 
    Early voting is now in effect for those voting in the City of Charlotte Primary Election. The primary location for early voting is the first floor of the Hal Marshall Annex at 618 North College St. and additional locations are being added after Labor Day. More info

  5. Garden 2 You Farmer’s Market: 
    Park and Rec’s Therapeutic Recreation Section Section invites the public to the first fall ‘Garden 2 You Farmer’s Market’ on Friday, Sept. 9, 1-5 p.m. at Marion Diehl Rec Center. All funds collected go toward the Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Members of the community are welcomed to participate as vendors. For more info, contact the TR section, 704-432-4322.

  6. Volunteers To Build Park In Lincoln Heights: 
    Park and Rec and Hands On Charlotte will build a park in the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood. Thousands of volunteers signed up to help build the playground, paths, and community garden. The “build” is Sept. 8-10 with a ceremony on Sept. 11. More info

  7. Tennis Tourney For Athletes With Disabilities:  
    The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will partner with the Charlotte Tennis Association, Adaptive Tennis Association of North Carolina and Special Olympics of North Carolina for the first annual Charlotte Fall Challenge Tennis Tournament for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The tournament, which is free of charge, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Jeff Adams Tennis Center, 1200 W. Tyvola Road. To sign up for the tournament, contact Jeff Beard at 704-604-1601 or

  8. Help Mecklenburg County Reduce Waste The 'Natural Way': 
    Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Management has announced a series of workshops in composting and other methods of residential organic waste control. Anyone can compost almost anything organic – from vegetable peelings to yard waste. Instead of relegating all that organic matter to the garbage can, learn how to put it to good use. The workshops are held the following Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon and the cost is FREE. Register at our website, or call 704.336.4304 to sign up.

  9. Mecklenburg County’s New Recycling Program Experiences Success: 
    It has been one year since Mecklenburg County switched to a single stream recycling program. As part of the transition, many families are now using 96-gallon rollout contaminators which are picked up and sorted at the single stream recycling facility. The new program allows for products such as milk and juice cartons and several types of plastic to be included with other recyclable goods. Residential recycling participation rate now 50%, that's up 8% since last year. Plus, we're saving a quarter of a million dollars by putting less stuff in the landfill. Wipe Out Waste Guidebook 

  10. Tax Bills Sent To More Than 360,000 County Residents:
    All real property in Mecklenburg County – residential and commercial – was by law subject to revaluation this year. Approximately half the properties in the County were reappraised at a higher value, and half at a lower value, consistent with real estate sales data in this market. The Board of County Commissioners set a tax rate of 81.66 cents per one hundred dollars of assessed value as part of the FY12 budget process. This tax rate is 2.21 cents less than the property tax rate of the previous year. Revaluation is the process of reappraising all properties within the County for tax assessment purposes. It is required at least once every eight years by North Carolina statute. The process has two objectives: value properties at current market prices and equitably distribute the cost of local government among the property owners. More info 

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    Media contact: Leo Caplanides email (O) 704-432-0376 (C) 704-307-3787 

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