The Board of County Commissioners adopted a $1.35 billion annual budget that does not increase the property tax rate, but does include a rate increase for police services to the County residents living outside a city or town jurisdiction.
The Board voted to approve the FY 2011 budget, which includes cuts to services and programs and layoffs for 291 full-time employees. In addition to the layoffs, the adopted budget eliminates 75 vacant full-time positions. The adopted budget is $10.2 million more than the $1.34 billion recommended budget presented by County Manager Harry L. Jones Sr.
The County Commission completed its straw vote for the FY11 budget. The Board revised sales tax revenue projections to a level consistent with this fiscal year, adding $9.5 million. The straw vote also raises the Law Enforcement Services District property tax rate in unincorporated areas by 2.58 cents per $100 valuation, providing another $1.57 million in available revenue.
Another $2 million in revenue became available due to technical adjustments to the recommended budget and a recent legal settlement. Based on having the additional funds, the Board made additions in the following areas:
- $6.0 million to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools$3.5 million to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library
- $1.1 million for Work Release & Restitution
- $1.18 million for Park & Recreation
- $900,000 for CPCC
- $1.25 million to reduce employee health insurance costs
- $162,000 for community support services, including $50,000 for veteran services
- $95,000 for public health services
The Board also directed $1.5 million in additional reductions from the Department of Social Services budget to be determined by the County Manager. This reduction would not affect staffing in DSS. The Board did not change the recommendations on employee pay, which holds pay flat for FY2011.
Mecklenburg County Manager Harry L. Jones Sr. presented a $1.3 billion annual budget that would cut $81.1 million from the FY10 Adopted Budget, a 5.7 percent reduction. "Although the economy is recovering, we have to face the brutal fact that we will not have enough revenue to pay for the services we currently provide," said Jones.
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