Charlotte Observer

Union County Commissioners OK 15.4% Tax Hike

Jul 1, 2014

MONROE Union County commissioners approved a 15.4 percent tax increase Monday night to cover school district expenses, which will add about $200 to the bill for a typical taxpayer.

The closely divided vote on the 2014-15 budget came on the last day of the fiscal year.

“It creates a tremendous amount of heartburn, the idea that we’ve got to raise taxes on the people of Union County,” said commissioner Jonathan Thomas, who blamed an “out-of-control school board.”

The budget passed 3-2. Thomas and commissioner Todd Johnson were the “no” votes.

Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

A search warrant released Monday said the 3-year-old son of missing teacher Bianca Tanner told police that Tanner’s boyfriend had struck her with a belt and “hurt mommy in the face.”

Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County commissioners are planning for a November referendum on a proposal that would raise the county’s sales tax by a quarter of a penny to pay for salary supplements for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees.

Cherry Rezoning Stirs Old Fears, Mistrust

May 16, 2014
Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte City Council’s decision to rezone nearly 6 acres near uptown has highlighted along-runningfear among African-American residents that they will be pushed out by gentrification.

Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy’s Accuser Says He Threw Her On Couch ‘Covered’ With Guns

May 14, 2014
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was released on bond Wednesday, but not before a Mecklenburg County judge described him as a potential threat to the girlfriend he’s accused of beating up.

Hardy, 25, an NFL Pro-Bowler last season, was arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of assault on a female and communicating a threat.

JMCFADDEN

The man accused of killing a Vietnam War veteran and grandfather of eight after an assault at a Rock Hill restaurant over the weekend lowered his head in court, cried and apologized to the dead man’s family, swearing he “did not mean for this to happen the way it did.”

Charlotte Douglas Doesn't Want Coal Ash Under Runway

May 9, 2014
Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Douglas International Airport doesn’t want coal ash from a Duke Energy power plant buried under a planned new runway or other airport infrastructure, dealing a potential blow to a proposal that would move millions of tons of ash from Mountain Island Lake to the airport.

Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle said there’s uncertainty about how coal ash would work as a fill material under a runway, where it could be subjected to the pounding of hundreds of jets a day at Charlotte Douglas, the sixth-busiest airport in the world.

North Carolina’s top charter official warned schools Thursday that they could lose their charters, which authorize them to get public money, if they refuse to comply with public records requests for salaries.

North Carolina’s top education officials now say charter schools must publicly reveal salaries, reversing a March announcement that the independent public schools are exempt from that requirement.

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Readers of the Charlotte Observer know cartoonist Kevin Siers has the art of the skewer down.  Monday he was recognized with a Pulitzer Prize.


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