Mecklenburg County wants public input for Fiscal Year 2020 budget

Over the next few weeks, Mecklenburg County residents can share feedback — online and in person — for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

If you had $100 to put toward county services, how would you spend it?

The exercise is one of the multiple ways County staff and the Board of County Commissioners want to hear what’s important to residents. This month, citizens can attend a county commission meeting and/or participate in a survey to share feedback regarding budget decisions for the upcoming fiscal year.

Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners. Front row, l to r: Pat Cotham (at-large), Ella Scarborough (at-large), Chairman George Dunlap (District 3), Vice Chair Elaine Powell (District 1), Vilma Leake (District 2). Back row, l to r: Mark Jerrell (District 4), Susan Rodriguez-McDowell (District 6), Trevor​​ Fuller at-large), Susan Harden (District 5). Photo courtesy of Mecklenburg County

Residents are encouraged to sign up for comment at a budget priority public hearing during the Jan. 15 Board of County Commissioners’ meeting.

Last year’s $1.7 billion approved budget included items such as a tax increase to support early childhood education; security enhancements at local parks; and pay raises for teachers and police officers.

Resident Budget Priorities Survey

Through Jan. 21, community members can participate in the Resident Budget Priorities Survey where they rank seven of the county’s budget priority areas. The anonymous responses will help guide budget decisions for next fiscal year, which begins on July 1 and ends June 30, 2020. Priority areas include:

  • affordable housing
  • criminal justice (courts and jails)
  • economic development (business investment and jobs)
  • education (pre-K, K-12 and community college)
  • environment (air, land and water)
  • health and human services (domestic violence, homelessness, public health, mental health)
  • recreation (parks, greenways, pools and trails)

A second exercise asks residents to spread $100 across a more detailed list, seemingly to gain perspective of the decision-making process.

Paper versions of the survey are located at the following locations:

Park and Recreation centers

  • North Mecklenburg Senior Center – 102 Gilead Rd., Huntersville
  • Mallard Creek Recreation Center – 2530 Johnston-Oehler Rd., Charlotte
  • Reedy Creek Nature Center – 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte
  • Elon Recreation Center – 11401 Ardrey Kell Rd., Charlotte
  • Berewick Recreation Center – 5910 Dixie River Rd., Charlotte
  • Marion Diehl Recreation Center – 2219 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte
  • Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center – 800 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Charlotte
  • West Charlotte Recreation Center – 2401 Kendall Dr., Charlotte

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branches

  • Main Library – 310 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
  • Beatties Ford Road Regional – 2412 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte
  • Morrison Regional – 7015 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte
  • South County Regional – 5801 Rea Rd., Charlotte
  • University City Regional – 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte
  • Matthews – 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews
  • West Boulevard – 2157 West Blvd., Charlotte

Land Use and Environmental Services Agency

  • 2145 Suttle Avenue, Charlotte

Department of Social Services – Community Resource Center

  • 3205 Freedom Dr., Suite 1000, Charlotte

Katrina Louis is managing editor of who can always find something to do in Charlotte. She’s an offline hustler (and has the shirt to prove it) but when online, find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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