Mecklenburg County budget

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Mecklenburg Commissioners Tuesday discussed a proposal to increase the sales tax by a quarter-cent to primarily fund the arts.

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Mecklenburg Commissioners on Tuesday approved their budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes a property tax increase.

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Last week, Mecklenburg Commissioner George Dunlap sent his colleagues an email about Tuesday's budget straw vote meeting.

He said he had spoken to each commissioner, and had worked out a handful of changes to the budget that he thought would satisfy the board overall. The biggest change was adding $3.1 million to the county's Park and Recreation budget, including $2 million to buy land.

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Mecklenburg County's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year would make significant increases in spending in most areas of the county budget: schools, parks, affordable housing, public health and pre-kindergarten programs.

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Charlotte Family Housing is closing two of its three homeless shelters for the summer as it copes with a loss of funding from the United Way and other sources. 

A few dozen teachers and supports ask county commissioners to fully fund the CMS budget request.
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Teachers and parents urged Mecklenburg County Commissioners Monday night to increase the county’s local teacher pay supplement during a public hearing on the county’s budget.


Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio will present her budget recommendations for the coming year to county commissioners Tuesday.  This year’s county budget process comes at a time when funding for public education is in the spotlight. 

Paul Megget will become Charlotte School of Law's third dean in as many months. Meanwhile, the Mecklenburg County Commission has approved two budget plans, one a $1.7 billion operating budget for FY2018, the other a $1.5 billion long-term capital improvement plan. And, the proposed North Carolina state budget continues to move quickly through the General Assembly.

More than 30 people have been arrested in Raleigh during a protest staged inside the state legislative building. Meanwhile, the North Carolina redistricting case returns to the state Supreme Court.  And Mecklenburg County is releasing its proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Afternoon headlines on WFAE.

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Mecklenburg County commissioners adopted a $1.6 billion budget Tuesday in a 6-2 vote. The budget won't increase property taxes, but it does include an increase in compensation for county commissioners.

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Teacher Pay and Common Core were the news out of Raleigh on Wednesday.

The House passed a bill that puts the future of Common Core standards in limbo. Governor McCrory says he’ll sign the measure into law. And a bill making its way through the state Senate would effectively kill a Mecklenburg County vote this November. That referendum asks voters if they want an increase in sales tax to help pay for teacher raises and funding for the arts.

County Budget Will Likely Include More School Nurses

Jun 17, 2013
JEFF WILLHELM - / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County Commissioners are scheduled to pass a new budget Tuesday. A group of parents has spent the past year pushing for one line in that budget to increase – funding for school nurses.