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Charlotte Talks: County Manager Dena Diorio On Mecklenburg's Budget, Higher Taxes

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A look at Mecklenburg County’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year. County Manager Dena Diorio and the budget director tell us where your tax dollars will go.

Spring means budgets – or proposed budgets are bursting out all over. Last week, we examined the city’s proposed budget. It keeps property taxes revenue neutral even while taking in more revenue.

The county, though, has a different story. Mecklenburg’s budget is not revenue neutral. Your property taxes will rise. So, where’s the money going? To schools, public health, affordable housing and to parks, which proponents say have been underfunded for years.

It’s always good for taxpayers to know how their money is being used, especially when taxes rise so County Manager Dena Diorio and budget director Michael Bryant will give us a guided tour of the budget.

Guests

Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County Manager

Michael Bryant, Management & Budget Director, Mecklenburg County

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.