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Top News Stories - March 22 - April 4, 2012
1. Unpaid Property Taxes Could Result in the Loss of State Income Tax Refunds

Mecklenburg County property owners who have not paid their 2011 real and personal property tax bills may run the risk of having their North Carolina state income tax refund seized to pay off their County property taxes. Mecklenburg County participates in the N.C. Debt Setoff Program, which authorizes the Tax Collector to submit the delinquent tax amounts of taxpayers to the state. The state distributes income tax refund money to the County to satisfy the tax debt.

There are five ways to pay your tax bill:
  • By Internet: Log on to the Tax Office web page and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck. * 
  •  Online Banking: Funds are sent electronically from your bank. Please allow up to four business days after the date you authorized your financial institution to make the payment before it is posted to your bill. The entire 24-digit Bill Number must be entered in the account number field to ensure receipt and correct posting to your bill. Your payment will be rejected and returned to the financial institution if the bill number is missing or incorrect.
  • By phone: Call toll-free 1-877-533-0072 and use your credit card, debit card or pay by eCheck. Service is available in English and Spanish when paying your tax bill by phone.*
  • By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope that accompanied your tax bill. 
  •  In person: Pay at the Tax Collector’s office at the Robert L. “Bob” Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street, Charlotte, NC, or 4150 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, NC, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at both locations. Cash, money order or checks accepted. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector. 

2. Public Hearing Set To Discuss Fire District Funding

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has set a public hearing to discuss a new way to fund fire protection services throughout the unincorporated areas of the region. The hearing is scheduled for April 3, 2012 at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East 4th Street, at 6:30 p.m.

3. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

The kick-off of Child Abuse Awareness Month is Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m., at Frazier Parks' Children's Memorial Walkway  The event will begin with a brief news conference and walk. This year a broad coalition of child advocates, including Mecklenburg County Youth & Family Services, will be on hand to educate people about the signs of abuse and  neglect as well as promote reporting it at 704-336-CARE (2273). After the walk, there will be family-friendly games and activities.

4. March is National Nutrition Month

Mecklenburg County Health Department offers great resources that will
help you and your family live a healthy lifestyle.

5. Become a Vendor or Sponsor at Bark in the Park

The 2012 Pedigree Bark in the Park Dog Festival is April 28 at
historic Rural Hill. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or
sponsor, click here.

6. Donate to Urban Youth Outdoor Programs at Park and Rec

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation projects are getting a financial boost thanks to a partnership with the Arts & Science Council (ASC) and a $15,000 challenge grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). The grant will match, dollar-for-dollar, Park and Recreation projects on, a fundraising platform and project of ASC. The projects are presented by Partners for Parks, a non-profit organization that promotes and enhances parks, greenways, open space and recreation in neighborhoods throughout Mecklenburg County and the surrounding region. Donate here

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