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County Commissioners To Hear Public Comments On Proposed Budget


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.

County Manager Dena Diorio last month recommended to commissioners a $1.7 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That’s a 1.5 percent increase over the current budget.

The manager’s proposal includes the first increase in Mecklenburg County’s property tax rate in five years. The 3/4 cent increase recommended by Diorio would add about $19 per year in property taxes for the owner of a $250,000 home.

The proposed county tax hike is in addition to a one-cent increase in Charlotte’s property tax rate that city council members are considering as part of their budget deliberations. 

Diorio’s budget recommends an increase of about $24 million in county funding for CMS. CMS had requested $40 million more as the district seeks to boost teacher pay, improve school security, add pre-K seats and hire more health care professionals for schools.

The county manager’s spending plan includes $1.7 million for countywide security improvements such as more guards and security cameras at parks, and increased funding for the sheriff’s office.

Monday's public hearing on the budget begins at 6:00 p.m. at the government center. County commissioners are scheduled to take straw votes next week, and could approve a new budget on June 19.

Mark Rumsey grew up in Kansas and got his first radio job at age 17 in the town of Abilene, where he announced easy-listening music played from vinyl record albums.