Mecklenburg County http://wfae.org en County Budget And Referendum Pass Amidst Bickering http://wfae.org/post/county-budget-and-referendum-pass-amidst-bickering <p>If there was a word of the night at yesterday’s Mecklenburg County Commissioners meeting, it would have been “teachers.” Not surprising since the board was set to approve its $1.3 billion budget, which includes more money for schools and a referendum for this November that would add money for teacher pay.&nbsp;The meeting turned terse and politically divisive and even had a bit of a budgetary surprise.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:32:18 +0000 Tom Bullock 53164 at http://wfae.org County Budget And Referendum Pass Amidst Bickering Mecklenburg Commissioners Quickly Agree On Budget http://wfae.org/post/mecklenburg-commissioners-quickly-agree-budget <p>Mecklenburg County Commissioners quickly agreed on a budget Thursday that does not include a property tax increase. It’s exactly the same as the one the county manager proposed. Most of the commissioners' discussion was about how there wasn’t more discussion.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:12:09 +0000 Lisa Miller 52860 at http://wfae.org Mecklenburg Co. Won't Make Final $1 Million Payment To Whitewater Center http://wfae.org/post/mecklenburg-co-wont-make-final-1-million-payment-whitewater-center <p>Mecklenburg County will not make a final $1 million payment to the U.S. National Whitewater Center. County officials have decided the facility is making enough money that it no longer needs taxpayer help.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:25:22 +0000 Michael Tomsic 51990 at http://wfae.org Mecklenburg Co. Won't Make Final $1 Million Payment To Whitewater Center CMS Asks County For $3.7 Million To Fund Support Positions http://wfae.org/post/cms-asks-county-37-million-fund-support-positions <p></p><p>Teachers get the top-billing in most stories about education budget cuts. But there are a lot of other people who make a school run such as guidance counselors, school psychologists and social workers. CMS wants the county to foot the bill to add about forty of these positions next year.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 14:20:47 +0000 Lisa Miller 51550 at http://wfae.org CMS Asks County For $3.7 Million To Fund Support Positions Judge Orders Hold On Civil Lawsuit Against CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick http://wfae.org/post/judge-orders-hold-civil-lawsuit-against-cmpd-officer-randall-kerrick <p>A civil lawsuit against CMPD officer Randall Kerrick is on hold for sixty days while his criminal trial proceeds.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;made that decision Tuesday in response to a request by the city of Charlotte. The <a href="http://wfae.org/post/jonathon-ferrells-family-files-suit-shooting-death" target="_blank">civil suit</a> was filed by the family of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell who was <a href="http://wfae.org/post/cmpd-officer-fired-12-times-killing-unarmed-man" target="_blank">fatally shot ten times</a> by </span>Kerrick<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in September. Ferrell was unarmed.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:06:02 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 50866 at http://wfae.org Judge Orders Hold On Civil Lawsuit Against CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick Democrats Will Fill Clodfelter's Senate Seat In Special Election http://wfae.org/post/democrats-will-fill-clodfelters-senate-seat-special-election <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Dan</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Clodfelter<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was appointed mayor of Charlotte last month, he resigned from his position as state senator. This Saturday, 50 Democratic Party officials will decide who will fill his seat.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:01:06 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 50018 at http://wfae.org Democrats Will Fill Clodfelter's Senate Seat In Special Election New Species Move To Mecklenburg http://wfae.org/post/new-species-move-mecklenburg <p>Mecklenburg County has some new residents. Animals not native to the county have moved in over the past couple of decades. One possible reason is climate change.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:10:47 +0000 Ben Bradford 48324 at http://wfae.org New Species Move To Mecklenburg Seven Years Later, A 'Successful' Whitewater Center (With Taxpayer Help) http://wfae.org/post/seven-years-later-successful-whitewater-center-taxpayer-help <p>The U.S. National Whitewater Center is hosting races this weekend that'll determine who represents the U.S. Canoe and Kayak team at this year’s world championships. It's a key event for a facility in Mecklenburg County that's had its share of financial troubles since opening in 2006 but has emerged from those troubles with the help of taxpayer money. Mecklenburg County and other local governments agreed to contribute up to $12 million to help the Whitewater Center get through its first seven years of business. Now Mecklenburg County officials say the facility is doing well enough that they shouldn't have to make their final payment.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:36:05 +0000 Michael Tomsic 47856 at http://wfae.org Seven Years Later, A 'Successful' Whitewater Center (With Taxpayer Help) Mecklenburg County Environmental Report Card http://wfae.org/post/mecklenburg-county-environmental-report-card <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every two years Mecklenburg County does an environmental assessment and delivers an environmental report card of sorts. The report card for the last two years has just been released and we’ll meet with two officials to see how our region fared in Air, Land, Water and Waste use and efficiency. In most aspects the county has fared well but the recession did have an impact in some areas. We’ll find out which ones, what aspects of our environment passed with flying colors and what has room for improvement. We check the county’s environmental grade.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 47578 at http://wfae.org Mecklenburg County Environmental Report Card State, County Workers Face More Late Nights, Long Weekends Because Of NC FAST http://wfae.org/post/state-county-workers-face-more-late-nights-long-weekends-because-nc-fast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State and county employees may have to continue working nights and weekends to keep North Carolina's food stamp backlog under control. Those kinds of hours helped the state make tremendous progress toward a federal deadline Monday. But more challenges remain.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:40:23 +0000 Michael Tomsic 44848 at http://wfae.org State, County Workers Face More Late Nights, Long Weekends Because Of NC FAST