Mecklenburg County proposes tax increase

CHARLOTTE – Interim Mecklenburg County Manager Bobbie Shields is recommending increasing the county’s property tax rate by 2.5 cents next fiscal year.

Such an increase would result in a property tax bill $50 higher for a $200,000 home.

“The recommended FY14 budget is constructed primarily to sustain the services funded in the current year’s budget adopted by the board last June, and to address the growth in demand for these services,” Shields told Mecklenburg commissioners last month.

Funding will address the growth in school enrollment, the opening of new parks, annualized cost for library operating hours, and merit increases for employees, he said.

The recommended budget is 17.2 percent more than the current year’s adopted budget, an increase of $247 million. Officials chalked up the hike to increases in Medicaid funds associated with MeckLINK, the county’s mental health authority.

Commissioners will decide the tax rate and vote on a county budget June 18.

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