Mecklenburg County

4:45 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Cannon Talks Priorities

Mayor-elect Patrick Cannon at his first press conference at the new Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte. He will be sworn in on December 2.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Patrick Cannon says he's still pinching himself after realizing a life-long dream of becoming mayor of Charlotte. He held his first press conference as mayor-elect in front of the new Romare Bearden Park in uptown to highlight his goals when he takes office in December.

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Local News
12:13 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Cabarrus, Other Counties Shorten Food Stamp Delays

Mollie Parris helps Cabarrus County get through its backlog for food stamp renewals.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Low-income families in Cabarrus County still face long delays before getting food stamps, although those delays are getting shorter.

They're tied to a new online system the state is making counties use for applications for food stamps. Cabarrus and Mecklenburg were among several counties the state called "code red" last month because of how much they struggled with the new system.

WFAE's Michael Tomsic reports on the progress those counties have made.   

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Local News
6:04 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Mecklenburg's 'Exemplary' Survey Results Based On Suggestive Questions

The 2013 Mecklenburg County Community Survey gave the county government high marks for public perception of their services.
Credit Mecklenburg County

How would you rate the services Mecklenburg County provides compared to the taxes you pay? A new survey by the county would have you believe that people in the county overwhelmingly approve of it, but the survey has some flaws.

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Local News
9:09 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Cabarrus Among Nine 'Code Red' Counties With Food Stamp Delays

A vintage food stamp.
Credit pengrin / Flickr

In Cabarrus County, low-income families are having to wait more than two months on average to get food stamps. The delays are tied to a new system the state has made all counties use since March. Cabarrus, Mecklenburg and Union are among nine counties the state says have struggled the most with it.

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Local News
3:26 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Some MeckCo Reval Refunds Coming 'Soon'

Bobbie Shields was sworn in as interim Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor in December 2012. Previous assessor Garret Alexander resigned over the botched 2011 property tax revaluation.

Mecklenburg County is now officially required by state law to fix its botched 2011 revaluation and start issuing property tax refunds. An outside review estimated about one-third of the county's neighborhoods were assigned unfair property values.

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Local News
9:51 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Arts Funding Task Force Turns To Government

Cultural Life Task Force
Credit Carolina PR

As a group of community and cultural leaders works to find an answer to Charlotte's crumbling arts funding system, they're looking to individual donors, corporations and the government.

On Monday, the Cultural Life Task Force heard from city and county administrators, including the budget director of Mecklenburg County. His message: Don’t expect the county to give more.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

City And County Budgets

Both Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are in the process of approving a budget for the next fiscal year. City Manager Ron Carlee will join us in the first part of the show to talk about his first recommended budget for the city and what it will mean for citizens inside the city limits. Then we'll be joined by Interim County Manager Bobbie Shields and Budget director Hyong Yi to discuss how the recommended county budget would impact tax payers throughout Mecklenburg County. How will the services the city/ county provide be affected this fiscal year? How will your pocketbook be affected? Find out, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
8:58 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

NC House Considers Turning MeckLINK Over To An Authority

The state and Mecklenburg County are once again at odds over who should control hundreds of millions of dollars of Medicaid funds for mental health services.

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Local News
10:27 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Cotham Answers Nay-sayers Over Firing With Poll

Mecklenburg County Chairman Pat Cotham

Mecklenburg County Chairman Pat Cotham has taken a lot of heat for the firing of County Manager Harry Jones last week.  So she’s decided to fire back at her nay-sayers by releasing results of a poll she commissioned.   

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Local News
3:23 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Mecklenburg Not Part Of Bill To Allow Counties To Own Schools

Most of the state’s counties, including Mecklenburg, are no longer included in a bill that would give counties the authority to build, own, and maintain schools.  The bill passed out of a senate committee Wednesday, only giving nine counties the option to take over ownership of schools from local school districts.  Those counties include Rowan, Wake and Harnett.

Senator Ron Rabin of Harnett County said county commissions are more equipped to handle business deals. 

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