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General Assembly Update
Focus in Raleigh shifted to budgetary matters last week, as House budget writers began rolling out their FY16 spending plan in appropriation subcommittees. Budget writers released their full proposed budget today, and the bill will be debated and potentially amended in the Appropriations Committee and on the House floor this week.
As we read the budget and understand the potential effects on County operations, I will keep the Board informed of our concerns. There are two other bills that could potentially affect County revenues: sales tax distribution and an act to exempt builder inventories from property tax.
The Board will receive a briefing on these issues, our attempts to influence the legislation, and the current status of the bills during its meeting with CMS on Tuesday. Health Department Awarded Reaccreditation
I am pleased to announce that Mecklenburg County Health Department has demonstrated the capacity to provide the highest quality of services to the community and has been reaccredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The Mecklenburg community can be assured the Health Department is meeting important national standards. The County Health Department was originally accredited in 2006 for four years, and reaccredited in 2010.
To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a specific set of standards and measures. The peer-review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people in the communities they serve.
Congratulations to the Health Department staff on a job well done! Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center to Close for Renovations
As you may be aware, the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center will close on June 1, 2015, to allow for a major facility renovation project. The facility is expected to be closed for approximately one year.
While the facility is closed, the Park and Recreation Department will offer the public the option to enroll in a monthly aquatic facility pass program. The pass can be purchased at Ray’s Splash Planet and Marion Diehl Recreation Center and will allow patrons to access the following aquatics facilities: • Ray’s Splash Planet• Marion Diehl Pool• Cordelia Outdoor Pool• Double Oaks Outdoor Pool• And several CMS aquatic facilities.
For more information about the Aquatic Center renovation and modified aquatic pass, contact Genni Reel at 980-314-1020 or Gennifer.Reel@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.