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November 3, 2014

Assessor’s Office Mass-Producing Discovery Bills

The Mecklenburg County Assessor’s Office is utilizing a new tool in its ongoing Revaluation Review Project. Thanks to newly developed software, all discovery bills are being mass processed. Previously, discoveries had been keyed in by hand because they often generate separate property tax bills for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The Assessor’s Office has tested the new program by running the first batch of 2,700 automated discovery bills. There were no reported problems, so over the next few weeks they will continue processing about 11,000 additional discovery bills. This is a step forward that will maximize the effort to keep the County on track to complete the Revaluation Review Project by March 2015.

If you have questions, please contact County Assessor Ken Joyner.

Child Support Enforcement Director Earns State Board Appointment

Please join me in congratulating Mecklenburg County Child Support Enforcement Director Joan Kennedy on her recent appointment to the North Carolina Child Support Council. In her capacity as a State Board member, Joan will help guide the professional association that represents more than 1,300 child support specialists throughout North Carolina. She will also serve as co-chair of the Awards Committee and the Legislative Committee.
Over her career, Joan has served on many boards and commissions. She has always displayed passion for working with families to ensure that child support is provided as a regular and reliable means of financial support for children. I know she will do a great job working with her fellow council members to help strengthen our state’s program.
Homeless Resource Center to Close for Repairs

Work to replace the flooring in the community and meeting area of the County’s Homeless Resource Center (HRC) means the facility used primarily to feed the homeless will be closed for two weeks.

The facility provides space for volunteer ministries who serve meals. During the estimated two weeks of repair work meals cannot be served, so officials with the Urban Ministry Center have agreed to allow use of its facility at 945 N. College St. so that ministries can continue to provide an evening meal on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays during the closure.

Homeless Services employees with offices at the HRC will continue to have access to their work areas at 618 N. College Street through a back entrance.

If you have questions, contact CSS Department Director Stacy Lowry at 704-336-3784 or by email at

Volunteers Help Construct Newtown Memorial Playground

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and hundreds of volunteers—including teams from the Manager’s Office and other County departments—have helped build a playground at Park Road Park honoring the memory of the students and teachers lost in the 2012 Newtown school tragedy.

Crews worked two eight-hour shifts per day from Monday, Oct. 27 – Friday, Oct. 31 to build the park in less than a week.

One unique feature of this park is that kids helped design it. In 2013, park planners reached out for design and other ideas from students at Pinewood Elementary in south Charlotte. An official dedication for the playground will take place later this year. View pictures.

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