Mecklenburg County Commission

Sunday Headlines
9:39 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Commissioners Interview County Manager Finalists

Mecklenburg County commissioners are closing in on a choice for county manager. The board interviewed finalists for the job in closed door meetings on Friday and Saturday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

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Charlotte Observer
11:34 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Hiring A New Mecklenburg County Manager Likely To Take Several More Weeks

Pat Cotham

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Mecklenburg County won’t have a new manager until late December – or even early next year.

Before their regular meeting Tuesday, the county’s full board of commissioners apparently saw for the first time in closed session a whittled down list of three to five candidates selected by a search committee of four commissioners.

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Local News
10:59 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Cardinal Has Bargaining Power In MeckLINK Takeover

MeckLINK commissioners (center table) Vilma Leake, Trevor Fuller, Karen Bentley, and Bill James meet with Cardinal Innovations leadership (left table).
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Mecklenburg County commissioners met with the leadership team of Cardinal Innovations on Monday afternoon, in one of the final steps as the county prepares to surrender oversight of its mental health patients and millions of dollars in Medicaid funds. Commissioners had three requests for Cardinal, but little leverage to negotiate.


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Local News
8:49 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Mecklenburg County Eyes Scenic Route

The proposed "Davidson Scenic Byway" would start at the Mecklenburg/Iredell County line on Highway 115 (Old Statesville Road).
Julie Rose

Mecklenburg County – known for booming growth and ever-expanding freeways – is looking to get on the map for a very different kind of transportation: designation of the county's very first scenic byway.

The starting point for the proposed Davidson Scenic Byway turns out to be a pretty unscenic spot in front of an old, abandoned building. It's at the Iredell County border on Highway 115 (that's Old Statesville Road) just north of downtown Davidson. 

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Charlotte Observer
10:15 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Mecklenburg Commissioners Approve 2.35-Cent Tax Increase

Mecklenburg commissioners formally approved a $1.7 billion budget with a 2.35-cent tax rate increase Tuesday night, but not without great theater – and rhetoric.

During the pre-vote debate, commissioners evoked the names of Caesar, Jesus and LBJ. Democrats chided Republicans for their inclination to “cut, cut, cut” to avoid tax hikes.

Republicans sniped at Democrats for going on a spending spree to fund their favorite programs.

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Local News
4:35 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Concealed Carry In Meck Parks Set For Commission Vote

The Mecklenburg County Commission will vote to allow concealed carrying of handguns at local parks, including Freedom Park. The playground and athletic fields will be exempted.
Credit cheriejoyful / Flickr

Concealed handguns could soon be allowed in Mecklenburg county parks and recreational areas.

The county doesn’t really have a choice.  A state law last year allowed concealed carry in parks, and the county commission will vote Tuesday night to put Mecklenburg in compliance.

Parks Operations Director Jeff Robinson explains the gist of the law: “It’s okay to carry a handgun as long as you have a permit, unless you’re at a playground, an athletic field, a swimming pool, or an athletic facility.”

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Local News
12:21 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

State Denies MeckLINK's Reinstatement

The new Secretary of Health and Human Services has denied Mecklenburg County’s request to reinstate MeckLINK as the area’s manager of hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds.  

This audio is pending

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Business
9:14 am
Thu December 6, 2012

A Sign Of Surging Construction In Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg's Code Enforcement Division is hiring 18 new building inspectors to handle an expected uptick in construction.
Credit North Carolina Department of Transportation

Mecklenburg County is adding 18 new building inspectors, in response to an expected surge in construction, but that has not necessarily led to a surge in construction jobs.

Mecklenburg Code Enforcement Director Jim Bartl says his office has been steadily getting busier. By spring, he expects to be so busy that his office will need the new staff.

“What we’ve been observing, which is a trend for 21 months especially on the commercial side, is a slow climb out of the depths of the recession,” Bartl says.

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Local News
11:39 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

MeckCo To Reappraise Properties; Commission Undecided On Refunds

Angry citizens packed community meetings for more than a year complaining of unfair property revaluations. Mecklenburg County will now re-appraise many neighborhoods and look into giving refunds.

The Mecklenburg County Commission stopped short of ordering a complete re-do of the 2011 Property Tax Revaluation, but they took enough steps to satisfy some critics – for now. 

The immediate winner in all of this is Pearson's Appraisal Service. The firm was hired by the county to do a $250,000 four-month review of the 2011 Revaluation. Now it's been tasked with fixing the problems it found – which will likely take another year and earn the firm several times its original fee.

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