Mecklenburg County

Local News
3:27 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Appraiser Explains The Hit To Charlotte's Budget

The City of Charlotte learned this month it would receive $14 million less in property taxes than expected next year. A redo of Mecklenburg County’s flawed 2011 revaluation suddenly found property was worth much less than previously estimated. Overall, property tax value fell by $2 billion. Commercial property makes up the largest share of the dip.


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Local News
10:27 am
Thu October 30, 2014

NPR Presents: Voting Rights Or Wrongs?

NPR's Michel Martin hosted a discussion on voting rights with Mecklenburg County Board of Elections director Michael G. Dickerson, Janai Nelson of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund, Hans A. van Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and NPR correspondent Pam Fessler.
Credit Jennifer Lang

North Carolina's new voting law has been a hot topic of discussion—and litigation—this election year. 

The law reduced the number of early voting days, eliminated same-day registration during early voting, and did away with the counting of out-of-precinct ballots. In 2016, voter ID is scheduled to take effect. 

This week, the law was the subject of a public forum hosted by NPR's Michel Martin. We'll now hear some voices from that event. You'll hear from the four panelists first. 

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Local News
9:13 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Voters To Weigh In On Sales Tax For CMS Employee Pay

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison speaks to parents, teachers, and principals at South Meck High School about the sales tax referendum.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County voters will decide next week whether to increase the county’s sales tax by a quarter cent. If approved, Mecklenburg County’s sales tax would be 7.5 percent. Most of the increase would be used to boost the salaries of CMS employees. But there’s also money in there for the library system, Central Piedmont Community College and the Arts and Science Council. 

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Local News
8:40 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Mecklenburg County Issues First Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Joey Hewell and Scott Lindsley got married outside the Register of Deed's office on Monday morning.
Tasnim Shamma

The Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds issued its first marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday morning. About a dozen couples lined up before the office opened at 8 o'clock. This comes after a federal judge in Asheville ruled on Friday the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.


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Health
10:15 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Residents Express Approval For County Smoking Ban

A sampling of tobacco products on display at a county health information table. County health officials say some of the packaging is attracting young people to start smoking.
Tasnim Shamma

About two dozen residents gathered at the Mecklenburg County Government Center on Monday night for a public forum on two regulations the county is considering. The first is a ban on smoking near government buildings. The second ordinance is a ban on all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – on county parks and greenways.

For the most part, audience members were supportive. Dr. Sandra Burke is on the board of directors of the Charlotte chapter of the American Heart Association.

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Local News
9:37 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Missionaries, Children Quarantined In Charlotte

SIM USA President Bruce Johnson speaks during a news conference on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at SIM USA headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Three missionaries who worked with patients infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia are back in the United States and feeling upbeat after their trans-Atlantic charter flight, the head of the North Carolina-based mission hosting them said Monday.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Several American missionaries serving in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak are now in Charlotte. They're healthy, but they'll remain in quarantine as a precaution.

A chartered flight from Liberia touched down at Charlotte-Douglas airport late Sunday night. Three missionaries were on board who are part of SIM, a Christian organization based here in Charlotte.

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Local News
12:20 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Sales Tax Cap Debate Proves Contentious But Passes NC Senate

On Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill capping county sales tax rates at 2.5 percent.

The vote was 33 to 16.   

The final tally came after more than an hour of contentious debate.

North Carolina’s urban vs. rural divide was front and center throughout the debate.  

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Arts & Life
6:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Jerry McJunkins: Charlotte's Courtroom Sketch Artist

Jerry McJunkins at his studio in Plaza Midwood.
Tasnim Shamma

For nearly three decades, Jerry McJunkins has been sitting inside courtrooms in Charlotte, moving his hands quickly over a large white posterboard with his colored pencils and pastels.

He's a professional courtroom sketch artist – perhaps the only one in Charlotte.


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Local News
10:32 am
Wed June 18, 2014

County Budget And Referendum Pass Amidst Bickering

Board of County Commissioners
Credit charmeck.org

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. The meeting turned terse and politically divisive and even had a bit of a budgetary surprise.

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Arts & Life
10:24 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Task Force Recommends Dedicated Tax Funding For Arts Institutions

For years Charlotte’s cultural institutions have faced a stark problem.

Admissions and ticket sales aren’t paying the bills. And donations, big and small, often don’t make up the difference.

So city and county officials put together a task force to come up with suggestions on how to keep the arts afloat in our area.

After more than a year of work, the Cultural Life Task Force has released its recommendations.

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