Mecklenburg commissioners voted unanimously to adopted a budget for fiscal 2023, which begins July 1.

It carries a 6.7% spending increase with no hike in property taxes.

Here’s a snapshot of how some of that money will be spent:

Affordable housing:

  • $8.1 million in one-time funding to support the Rental Subsidy Fund.
  • $778,000 for A Home For All, a county strategy to end and prevent homelessness.
  • $500,000 to research the effects of corporate-owned real estate.
  • $100,000 to support the preservation of Pottstown, a historically Black neighborhood in Huntersville.

Racial Disparities:

  • $3 million to create opportunities for generational wealth building.
  • $470,000 to support StarMed’s nonprofit The Blessing Foundation.
  • $389,000 to expand food security initiatives.

Employees and Human Resources:

  • $16.6 million for a 5% across-the-board salary increase for all full-time and part-time employees.
  • $3.5 million to increase the county’s minimum wage to $20 per hour.
  • $470,000 for new hires.

You can go here to see the full budget breakdown. 

Amanda was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s in Communications and English. She covers Mecklenburg County. Reach her at

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