Friday, April 16, 2010

Mecklenburg County Needs to Reduce $85-$90 Million Deficit

Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries:  Revenue Sources
From Insights, Fall 2009

Link to April 16 Charlotte Observer article, "Roberts: No tax hike, county will lay off workers".

Excerpt:  "Let me assure you, we will not raise taxes," she [Mecklenburg County Chair Jennnifer Roberts] said. "We simply will not add more economic distress to our community through additional taxes in an economy with an unemployment rate over 12 percent."
The remarks came on tax day and as school and public library leaders made plans in anticipation of severe county budget cutbacks.

Commissioners have previously signaled they would oppose a property tax hike, but Roberts' statement was the most unequivocal from the leader of the board's Democratic majority.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote on a final budget in June.

A nose dive in sales tax revenue, debt obligations and fallout from the nation's economic downturn have already led to reduced hours at public libraries, less maintenance in parks and lower staffing in code enforcement

It looks as though the worst isn't over for Charlotte Mecklenburg libraries.

Related articles:
County manager takes library board to task.  (4/10/2010)
Libraries now open fewer hours.  (4/6/2010)
"Save Our Libraries Sunday".  (3/29/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg users owe average of 55 cents in fines.  (3/27/2010)
Library announces new hours for branches.  (3/26/2010)
Library Board applies a Band-Aid to its bleeding system.  (3/25/2010)
Follow-up on Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board vote.  (3/25/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board votes to keep all branches open.  (3/24/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board presented with 2 budget-cutting alternatives.  (3/24/2010)
More and bigger cuts looming on horizon. (3/23/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library System Rethinks Closings. (3/22/2010)
A New Day is Dawning in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County. (3/21/2010)

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