The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted April 18 to terminate the agreement with the City of Charlotte that provides police services to 60,000 residents of the unincorporated areas of the County. The change would become effective July 1, 2018.
Residents who do not live in the city or towns pay a separate law enforcement service district tax for police service. Preliminary estimates for FY18 cost of the service is $18.3 million, though the city has not made its budget request yet. The revenue goes to the City in return for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responding to emergencies and providing police services to those portions of the County.
County Manager Dena R. Diorio says the decision requires a 14-month advance notification, and allows the County to explore other policing options for our residents.
The Board discussed the decision for about an hour before voting last night.
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Read the Board motion here.
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