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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.

The 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 budget.

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 presentation, see Budget Update #7, May 3, 2011.

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