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Top News Stories March 1 - 15, 2013
Mecklenburg County Marks 250 Years with a Boom!

Rain did little to dampen the spirit of the celebration as Mecklenburg County and the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office joined forces to rededicate the Historic Courthouse at 700 E. Fourth Street on Feb. 26, 2013. View photos of the event View video of the event Learn more about Mecklenburg County’s Sestercentennial and share your story at 

County Staff Will Release the Results of a Risk Assessment at the March 5 BOCC Audit Review Committee Meeting

County staff will release the results of a risk assessment that identifies six key risk categories at a March 5 meeting of the Board’s Audit Review Committee. The meeting will be at 3 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

Delinquent Property Tax Owners Will Be Advertised in the Charlotte Observer 

People who are delinquent paying their taxes have until March 7 to pay before the annual list of delinquents is published in the Charlotte Observer on April 7. There are 35,000 names on the list today. Read more

Apply Now to Serve on the Board of Equalization and Review

Applications are now being accepted for 15 spots on the Mecklenburg County Board of Equalization and Review (BER). The BER is a panel of citizens appointed by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners that reviews assessments appealed by property owners. Appointments are made for three-year terms with no one serving more than two full consecutive terms. Individuals interested in applying should fill out the Advisory Board application by March 22. Nominations will be made at the April 2 BOCC meeting. For more information, contact

Mecklenburg County’s Office of Management and Budget Begins its Annual Series of Budget Exercises March 13

Mecklenburg County’s Office of Management and Budget begins its annual series of budget exercises with public and civic groups March 13. OMB staff will walk Leadership Charlotte Alumni through an exercise that has them creating a County budget for the coming year.

Tax season is upon us, are you prepared?

All Charlotte Mecklenburg Library locations have access to downloadable and/or reproducible state and federal tax forms. Library staff are available to help you locate and print tax forms. In addition, The Family Financial Literacy Coalition is coordinating free income tax assistance for low to moderate income seniors and families. Trained AARP Tax-Aide and VITA volunteers, in cooperation with the IRS, will prepare and electronically file your individual tax return. Sessions will be at various locations in Mecklenburg County, including some libraries. More information available here.

BOCC Vice-Chairman Kim Ratliffe Will Attend NACo Conference in Washington D.C. 
March 2-6
The National Association of Counties (NACo) holds its annual Legislative Conference in Washington DC March 2-6. Vice-Chairman Kim Ratliffe is representing the Board of County Commissioners at the meeting.

Time to 'Get Your Green on' for the Great American Cleanup

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful Inc. reminds you that it’s time for Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup. The event takes place annually from March 1 through May 31, involving an estimated 3.8 million volunteers and attendees. Hardworking volunteers donated more than 5.2 million hours in 2012 to clean, beautify and improve more than 16,500 communities during more than 30,000 events in all 50 states and beyond. Activities included beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning seashores and waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.

Want to Go to College, But Not Sure How? The Library's Operation College Launch Workshops Can Help

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Operation College Launch is in full swing. In March several free workshops will be offered, led by experts who will introduce teens and parents to the types of loans, grants & scholarships available to them. Also offered are workshops to help complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). See a schedule at

Volunteer-Built Playground to Honor Victims of Newtown School Shooting

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown with a playground built by volunteers and inspired by children. The playground will be constructed at Park Road Park in spring 2013. Park and Recreation will collect donations for the project through Partners for Parks, a nonprofit, nonpartisan support group that seeks to promote and enhance parks, greenways, and open space throughout Mecklenburg County. Donations can be made at Please click on the “Make a Donation” button on the top right hand side of the page and select the “Hearts and Hands fund.” If you would like to volunteer, please contact Volunteer Services Coordinator, Lori Saylor at

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