Mecklenburg County Manager Reveals FY18 Budget & Capital Improvement Plan

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County Manager Dena R. Diorio presented two budget plans for the Mecklenburg Board of County Comissioners consideration:

  1. A FY2018 $1.7-billion Operating Budget that maintains the current tax rate of 81.57 cents and lowers the debt service fund from 20 cents to 19.5 cents
  2. A FY2019-FY2023 $1.6 billion Capital Improvement Plan.

Diorio presented this budget keeping in mind our growing county and the needs that need to be met for it to prosper. “Mecklenburg County continues to experience significant growth in its population,” County Manager Diorio said. “It is imperative that we manage this growth through the provision of the necessary infrastructure the community deserves today, and in years to come.”

The Capital Improvement Plan (FY2019-FY2023)

“This plan will meet the infrastructure needs required to accommodate the growth in our community, ” says Diorio. The Capital Improvement Plan invests in County-owned facilities and assets, school facilities, community college facilities and libraries. It includes a total of 62 projects classified in five categories.

  1. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools — $936.9 million
    • 29 projects: 10 New Schools and 12 High-Priority School Renovations
  2. Government Facilities — $170.8 million
    • 14 projects: New Community Resource Centers, Government District Renovations
  3. Park and Recreation — $277.0 million
    • 15 projects
  4. Central Piedmont Community College — $151.1 million
    • 2 projects: New Building Resource Centers
  5. New Charlotte-Mecklenburg Main Library — $65.0 million

Other features of the Capital Improvement Plan include:

  • Discovery Place Nature Museum — $16 million
  • Public Safety Enhancements — $32.9 million
  • American Legion Memorial Stadium

Fiscal Year 2018 Recommended Budget Highlights

  • Stable Property Tax Rate
  • Economic Opportunity, Greater Economic Independence for Residents
  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Read Charlotte
  • Creation of the Department of Community Resources
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Affordable Housing Support
  • Child Protective Services
  • Community Health and Wellness
  • More School Nurses
  • Park and Recreation Enhancements
  • New Library Materials
  • Investments in Criminal Justice
  • Economic Development
  • Leveraging Financial Resources
  • Community Service Grants
  • Employee Pay-For-Performance and Parental Leave
  • Employee Pay-For-Performance
  • Equity and Implicit Bias Strategic Plan

Find full PDFs of FY18 County Budget and The Capital Improvement Plan here!

Register to Speak

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive citizen input on the County manager’s FY2018 recommended budget on Monday, June 5 in the Meeting Chamber of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m.Residents can register to speak here.

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