Charlotte Talks: Mecklenburg's New Commissioners On All-Democratic Board, Revaluation, Priorities
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
We have a new Mecklenburg County Commission made up of three men and six women – all Democrats. Mike Collins sits down with the four newcomers to find out what they see as the commission’s priorities.
A new Mecklenburg County Commission was sworn in last week with four new faces on board. Three men and six women – all Democrats – now make up the commission, the first all-Democratic board since the 1960s. Longtime incumbents like Republicans Jim Puckett and Bill James were ousted by newcomers in last month's election. This 'blue wave' has been a trend in Charlotte politics, with fewer Republicans in elected positions.
The new commission will be tasked with making some big decisions over the next term – including setting the county property tax rate and overseeing a massive county-wide property revaluation. They will also manage a $1.7 billion county budget and account for much of the funding for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
We get to know the four newest members of the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners and find out what issues and priorities they intend to focus on while in office.