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Mecklenburg County homeowners could be hit with their first property tax increase in five years if the $1.7 billion budget that County Manager Dena Diorio presented to county commissioners Tuesday is approved. 

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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. 

Jim Puckett, the vice chairman for the Mecklenburg County Commisssion, speaking at Tuesday's meeting.
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Mecklenburg County leaders are taking the first steps to determine whether the public health department should have different oversight. Commissioners voted 6-2 Tuesday night to form a committee to explore options that include creating a medical board to oversee the health department and forming an advisory board.

Architect's drawing shows plan for a renovated Memorial Stadium near uptown Charlotte. JenkinsPeer Architects is working with the county.
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Mecklenburg County's request for the city of Charlotte's help paying for artificial turf at a renovated Memorial Stadium is moving forward.  Members of the City Council's Economic Development Committee voted 3-1 Thursday to recommend the project to the full council.

Democrat Joyce Waddell (right) and other state legislators from Mecklenburg County were among the first to register Monday for as candidate filing opened for the 2018 elections.
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Ten incumbent state legislators from the Charlotte area were among the first to file Monday as candidates began signing up for the 2018 election. Other races on the ballot this year include Congress, district attorney, county commission and other county positions.

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Most Mecklenburg County computer systems used by the public are now back online after an early December cyber-attack. County Manager Dena Diorio told county commissioners Wednesday night that remaining systems should be online by the end of this week. Diorio also said the county will speed up work to protect systems from future attacks. 

Mecklenburg County Commissioners could give final approval Wednesday night to a land swap with the Charlotte Housing Authority in the Midtown area. The swap would trigger a complex series of deals that are part of a major redevelopment.

Architect's drawing shows plan for a renovated Memorial Stadium near uptown Charlotte. JenkinsPeer Architects is working with the county.
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Map shows unincorporated areas in Mecklenburg County.
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Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are close to resolving who will provide police coverage in the county's unincorporated areas. Police departments in three towns would take over part of the job, while the county is negotiating a contract with CMPD for the rest. 

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A Charlotte City Council committee voted Thursday to decline Mecklenburg County's offer to transfer ownership of Memorial Stadium to the city for a Major League Soccer stadium. 

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