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Top News Stories November 9 - 22, 2011
WHY: This list will be issued on twice monthly to assist media in identifying potential news stories that reflect the total spectrum of Mecklenburg County government services. 

1. Tax Bills
Some property owners with appeals pending have inquired as to whether they have to pay their property tax bill prior to the appeal being heard and if so why. State law (N.C.G.S.105-360) requires property tax be paid at par on Sept. 1 of the fiscal year for which the taxes are levied. Taxes become delinquent on Jan. 6 following the due date and interest begins to accrue at the rate of 2 percent for January and ¾ percent each month thereafter for any unpaid balance. No one has the authority to waive interest because it is a fixed legislative requirement with statewide application. Read more

2. Safely Dispose of Household Documents for Free at the ‘Paper Shredding Event’
On Sat., Nov. 12, all four Mecklenburg County Full Service Recycling Centers will be shredding household documents for no charge from 8 a.m. until noon to help celebrate America Recycles Day. Since 1997, communities across the country have come together every Nov. 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. Not sure what to bring? Visit or call E. Nadine Ford at 704.201.2201 for detailed information about what you can bring for disposal. 

3. GIS Day
Mecklenburg County will hold the annual GIS Day on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 8 30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at Spirit Square, 345 N. College Street. Join industry professionals to see how GIS technology affects you every day and is helping to make better business decisions, educate our children and improve the overall quality of life in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.

4. Memorial Stadium/Grady Cole Community Meeting
Park and Rec will host a community meeting to provide information and solicit feedback for the American Legion Memorial Stadium and the Grady Cole Center site master plan. The meeting is Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center.

5. Main Library Committee Meeting
A task force has been created to study the future of the Main Library. The committee will hold their first meeting on Nov. 14, 12 noon – 2 p.m in the Dickson Boardroom located on the third floor of the Main Library.

6. Park and Recreation Get Going Guide
The winter issue of Park and Recreation’s Get Going Guide will be available online at in November. The issue will cover programs and events happening in December, January and February as well as a complete listing of holiday activities.

7. Food Safety During the Holidays
Soon families will gather together for the Thanksgiving holiday and the Mecklenburg County Health Department wants you to be mindful of the basics of food safety when preparing your holiday feast. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 76 million cases of food borne disease occur each year in the United States. Most cases are mild and cause symptoms only for a day or two. Others, however, are more serious and the CDC reports there are 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths related to these illnesses each year. Follow these safety practices and reduce the risk of food borne illness. 

8. 2011 Charitable Giving Campaign
Mecklenburg County held its annual Charitable Giving Campaign during the month of October. More than 1,100 employees participated by donating a combined total of $180,000 to over 90 different charities. Total participation was up 12.8% over last year.

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