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Information about Mecklenburg County. Editable presentation available for teachers. Updated.

Information about Mecklenburg County. Editable presentation available for teachers. Updated.

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  • 1. Mecklenburg County www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
  • 2. Agenda Mecklenburg County overview County government Leadership Budget and Economy County Commission meeting Q&A www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
  • 3. Mecklenburg County County = major unit of local government Towns/cities are located within a county County seat = administrative center There are 100 counties in N.C. www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
  • 4. Demographics Land Area (square miles): Mecklenburg County 530 Charlotte 287 2010 Population* Mecklenburg County 919,628 Charlotte 731,424 Metropolitan Area 1.8 Million 100 Mile Radius 6.9 Million *Source: Charlotte Chamber www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
  • 5. County Commission Governing body of Mecklenburg County – Adopts and sets the annual County budget – Sets the County property tax rate – Sets county government priorities and policies Elected for 2-year terms – Most commissioners have full-time jobs; county work takes additional time with minimal pay Hires the county manager – Non-elected professional who oversees the daily operations of the county www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
  • 6. 2013-2014 Board of County Commissioners At-Large Pat Cotham. District 2 Vilma Leake At-Large Kim Ratliff District 3 George Dunlap Chair, At-Large Trevor Fuller Vice Chair District 4 Dumont Clarke District 1 Karen Bentley District 5 Matthew Ridenhour District 6 Bill James www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
  • 7. County Government  Community health and safety – Health, social services, courts, jails  Education and economic development – CMS and CPCC funding, job training, libraries  Growth and environment – Parks, greenways, historic preservation  County government operations – Property, county taxes, budgeting, elections, communications to citizens and businesses www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
  • 8. County Budget FY 2014 Budget = $1,432,745,902 Sources of funds (“Revenue”) – Other governments, taxes, fees, other funds • Property tax: 81.57 cents for $100 of property • Raise tax 1 penny = Adds approx $10 million Where funds go (“Expenditures”) – – – – – 33% CMS/CPCC 16% Health and Safety 24% County Operations, 10% Debt Service, PayGo 9% Other Education, Libraries, Jobs, Social Services Source: Mecklenburg County FY13-14 Tax Brochure 8% Growth, Parks, Environment www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
  • 9. Budget Priorities  Different kinds of services in the budget – Mandated • Defined by law (NC or federal law, or interest payments) • Means this service must be provided and at a specific level – Discretionary • Service does not have to be provided, but is done so as a service to the community – Some are both mandated and discretionary • Service must be provided; level can fluctuate  Examples – Mandatory: build and maintain schools and jails – Discretionary: build and operate libraries and parks www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
  • 10. Connect  Website: www.mecklenburgcountync.gov  Social media: county news and leaders • Twitter: #meckbocc, Facebook, YouTube, etc.  Youth Council/GenerationNation www.generationnation.org  County Commission Meetings – First and third Tuesday, 6PM at Government Center – Unless a holiday week or summer schedule – Who can attend? Anyone! Want to sign up to speak? http:// www.charmeck.org/Departments/BOCC/RegisterToSpeak.htm – Watch on GovTV (16) or online http:// www.charmeck.org/Departments/BOCC/Meetings/View.htm www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation