County commissioners adopt 2013-14 budget

CHARLOTTE – The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners adopted a nearly $1.7 billion operating budget for 2013-14.

The budget increases the county’s property tax rate by 2.35 cents next fiscal year to sustain current services, while addressing the growth in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools enrollment, new parks, annualized cost for library operating hours and merit increases for county employees.

Mecklenburg County’s tax rate will increase to 81.57 cents per $100 of valuation, resulting in an additional $47 in property taxes per year for a home with an assessed valuation of $200,000.

The recommended budget for 2014 is $255.3 million more than the current year’s adopted budget. The 17.8 percent increase is primarily the result of increases in Medicaid funds associated with MeckLINK. The total increase in county funding is $20.9 million, or 2 percent.

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