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Mecklenburg Co. manager proposes property tax decrease

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CHARLOTTE – The Mecklenburg County manager recommended a more than two-cent property tax decrease in his proposed budget Tuesday night.

The proposed spending plan would also calls for performance-based pay increases for county employees, the restoration of Sunday regional library hours and more money for park and recreation.

If this budget is approved as recommended, a taxpayer with a $200,000 dollar home would save $49 dollars on their bill.

But leaders with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools won't be as happy, since the district's recommended increase is just one-third of their county request.

County manager Harry Jones said the proposed tax rate would be county's lowest in eight years.

Despite the proposed property tax decrease, the $1.41-billion budget would still be an increase of more than $31 million from the current spending plan.

It would increase CMS' current funding from the county by a little more than $9 million.

That's well short of the $27.5 million increase requested by district leaders to cover teacher and employee raises.

Park and recreation would get more than $700,000 dollars more, largely to cover the opening of two new facilities opening in the coming months.

The county manager is also recommending that county employees be eligible for two-percent performance based pay raises.

While Jones said the proposed budget doesn't get the county all the way back from the pre-recession years, it's still proof of an improved economic picture.

“This budget reflects the board's fiscal priorities and critical success factors, with an emphasis of continued fiscal discipline and the sustainability and affordability of county services,” said Jones.

The county commission will hear from residents about this budget next week at a public hearing. The commission will make adjustments and will vote to approve the county spending plan at their June 5 meeting. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP