STEELE CREEK NEWS
Police Tax for
Unincorporated Area Could be Reduced
(May 4, 2011) At the
May 3 Mecklenburg County Commissioners meeting, Hyong Yi,
Mecklenburg County Management and Budget Director, said that a
property tax rate of 0.1869 per 100 dollars was required to raise
the $11,467,170 needed for the City of Charlotte to provide police
services to the unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County. This
would be a reduction from the current rate of 0.2046.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) serves the City of
Charlotte and the unincorporated areas of the county, also known as
the Law Enforcement Service District (LESD). The city determines the
cost of services to the LESD based on the percentage of the total
service area population that is within the LESD and the total CMPD
The cost of service
to the LESD has decreased over the years due to the reduction of the
area through annexation by Charlotte and the six towns.
The amount of tax for
each property owner is based on the tax rate and the property
assessment. Whether a property owner's tax will go up or down is
dependent on the new 2011 assessment as well as the likely reduced
tax rate. The County Commission must set the rate before the new
fiscal year starts on July 1.
As of the 2010
census, 46% of the land area and 17% of the population of Steele
Creek was within the LESD.
To see Mr. Yi's
Budget Update #7, May 3, 2011.
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