45 Residents Speak At Mecklenburg Budget Public Hearing

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 CHARLOTTE, NC — People packed a public hearing Wednesday night to tell commissioners what they think about Mecklenburg County’s $1.6 billion budget.  Forty-five people signed up to talk.

The proposed budget keeps the property tax rate the same, but it includes a 1.77 cent tax hike for people who live in unincorporated parts of the county to cover police service.  Schools would get nearly $14 million more than last year, which is much less than the additional $39 million the district asked for.

Some speakers asked for more money to maintain county parks.  “While residents are noting the value of parks and recreations facilities, at the same time, they’re noticing a decline in the condition of these facilities,” said Mecklenburg Park & Recreation Commissioner Aubin Guinness.

County Commissioners will hold straw votes on the budget Thursday.  They must adopt a budget by July 1.