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Info about Town of Matthews government. Editable presentation available for teachers. Updated.

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  • www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation Town of Matthews This is a PDF. Contact us for editable presentation document.
  • www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation2 The Town Municipality = city, town, village In Mecklenburg County • One city - Charlotte • Six towns - Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville No legal difference between a city, town or village – is preference of the residents
  • www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation3 Matthews Residents and businesses settle in 1800s Town incorporates in 1879 Population – 191 citizens in 1880 – 30,000 citizens today Area – 13 square miles
  • www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation4 Government Town Council – Mayor and Town Board of Commissioners – Nonpartisan election every 2 years Council-Manager Government – Elected Town Council sets policies – Professional Town Manager administers policies and manages town government Town Ordinances (local laws/rules) – http://matthewsnc.gov/TownGovernment/TownOrdinances.aspx
  • www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation5 Town services Planning • Zoning, planning and land use Public Works • Sidewalks, streets, garbage, recycling, stormwater Parks & Recreation and Cultural Services • Parks, athletics, arts programs, festivals Public Safety • Police, Animal Control • EMS/Fire Town Government • Operations, Finance
  • www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation6 Budget FY2014 = $18,875,163 Sources of funds= Taxes, fees, other • Property tax=31.75 cents/$100 of property Where each dollar goes* • 28 cents – Police and public safety • 18 cents – General government and Governing Board • 10 cents – Debt service • 10 cents – Solid waste and sanitation • 8 cents – Public works • 7 cents – Fire and rescue • 5 cents – Powell Bill • 4 cents – Tourism and Culture • 3 cents – Storm water • 2 cents – Parks and Recreation • 2 cents – Planning • 2 cents – Other • 1 cent – Economic Development Source: Mecklenburg County FY13-14 Tax Brochure Powell Bill = funds from NC to be used for town streets, sidewalks, bike lanes
  • www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation7 Who runs the town? The Mayor and Town Council Elected, nonpartisan • Mayor and Town Council • Establishes priorities on community needs, sets policy, establishes the budget, levies taxes, creates ordinances Town Manager Hazen Blodgett • Hired by Town Council • Responsible for daily operations of the town and
  • www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation8 Town Council Meetings Town Council Meetings – 2nd and 4th Monday each month, 7PM at Town Hall – Who can attend? Anyone – At each meeting, you can speak for up to 4 minutes on a topic. Sign up in the lobby before the meeting. Website: www.matthewsnc.gov Follow town government meeting agendas, minutes and news – www.matthewsnc.gov/TownGovernment/TownBoard.aspx – select Agendas and Minutes