Mecklenburg County

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.
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Mecklenburg County has a new budget that includes a tax increase and a slight boost in pay for teachers.  Commissioners approved the spending plan last night. 

North Carolina General Assembly

The North Carolina House took a final vote Tuesday on a measure that would redraw judicial electoral districts in Mecklenburg and Wake counties. It passed 70-45, with no Democrats voting for it.

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Funding for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and a possible property tax increase are among the items likely to generate comments Monday evening during a public hearing on the proposed Mecklenburg County budget.

North Carolina General Assembly

Republican lawmakers are advancing fragments of a statewide remapping of North Carolina's judicial election districts in hopes of passing them before candidate filing for judges begins in just over two weeks.

A map on the ParkScore ranking website shows areas of Charlotte most in need of parks in red (very high) and orange (high).
Trust for Public Lands

An annual ranking of public park systems puts Charlotte near the bottom of the 100 largest US cities.  The ParkScore Index from the Trust for Public Lands ranks Charlotte and Mecklenburg County 97th, based on spending, park acreage and other factors.  

Jim Puckett, the vice chairman for the Mecklenburg County Commisssion, speaking at Tuesday's meeting.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County leaders are taking the first steps to determine whether the public health department should have different oversight. Commissioners voted 6-2 Tuesday night to form a committee to explore options that include creating a medical board to oversee the health department and forming an advisory board.

cyber security graphic
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Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio will ask county commissioners Tuesday night to approve spending an additional $2.3 million to speed up cybersecurity projects. The request comes four months after a ransomware attack that crippled county computer systems. 

WFAE file photo

As Atlanta struggles to recover from a cyberattack last week that knocked out city computer systems, one place officials turned to for advice was Mecklenburg County. A similar attack here in December kept some systems offline for weeks - and the county is still working on security improvements.

Mecklenburg County grew by about 60 people a day last year. U.S. Census Bureau data shows the county’s population increased by 22,000 from July 2016 through June 2017, making it home to 1,076,837 residents.

Drawing shows the concept for a redevelopment of two blocks along North Tryon Street in Charlotte.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library/DaVinci Development Collaborative

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and other property owners are hunting for a company to carry out a major redevelopment on North Tryon Street, to include shops, apartments, offices and a hotel. 

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