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Mailing Address:

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Office Location:

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

County Manager's Office
980-314-2900

​Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Process

Like every County in North Carolina, Mecklenburg County must adopt an annual budget by July 1 for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

The next budget cycle begins as soon as the current budget is passed, and work is well underway to develop the Manager’s Recommended Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Budget to be presented in May 2020.

From that point, the Board of County Commissioners hold a series of meetings and a public hearing and then decide on the County’s spending plan and property tax rate to support it. 

Between now and then, we want to hear what you think the County’s priorities should be, and this year there are more opportunities than ever to provide your input.

This web page will be “budget central” for all information and events related to the FY21 budget process.


Recommended Budget for FY2021

2021 Budget Cover Image

County Manager Dena R. Diorio presented her Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2021 on May 1st to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). You can read the text of that speech and presentation details here:

FY2021 Recommended Budget Speech.pdf

FY21 Recommended Budget
FY21 Recommended Budget Presentation


 

The $1.9-billion Recommended Budget is an increase of $5.6 million, or 0.3 percent, over the current Fiscal Year 2020 operating budget. The recommended budget maintains the current tax rate of 61.69 cents and funds over $250 million in investments for critical services for the Public Health Department and the Department of Social Services.


Budget Public Hearing May 13th at 6:00 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center will be closed to the public. The Budget Public Hearing will be conducted remotely via Webex. Members of the public can access and view the meeting on the Government Channel or online at or follow us on Twitter

There are two ways to provide your input on the County Manager’s Recommended FY2021 Budget. You can send in comments or register to speak online. See the Budget Public Hearing page for more details.


Resident Budget Priority Survey Results

The results of the FY21 Resident Budget Priority Survey are in!  You can find them on the County’s new Survey Results Dashboard.

The dashboard allows residents to view the results of the survey according to various categories including race/ethnicity, age, income and Board of County Commissioner district location.

The dashboard was created to provide County residents accessible, transparent information on the budget survey responses and engagement strategies. More than 3,000 people participated in the FY21 Resident Budget Priority Survey -- an 88% increase in participation compared to last year’s survey results. Education, health and human services and affordable housing ranked as the top three priorities of all respondents.

Click here to view the Survey Results Dashboard.


Budget Tools

The Balancing Act Budget Simulator

budget simulator graphic that says, Buld a budget.

The Meck Budget Simulator is a tool designed to allow County residents to show us how they would balance the budget. Visit this link to learn specific details about Mecklenburg County revenue sources and expense categories and create a balanced budget based on what is important to you. Submit your balanced budget for County leaders to view. Residents may also submit individual comments and share the tool online.

Property Tax Estimator

Ever wanted to estimate how tax rate changes would affect your tax bill? You can use the Property Tax Estimator to see how changes to the rate would impact your annual County tax bill.



 Budget Timeline

  • Dec. 2, 2019
    Resident Budget Priority Survey
  • Jan. 7, 2020
    Budget Public Hearing #1
  • Jan. 29-30, 2020
    BOCC Retreat
    Then Board will discuss Survey Results and make recommedations
  • May 1, 2020
    Recommended Budget Presentation
    The County Manager will present the Recommended Budget to the BOCC
  • May 13, 2020
    Budget Public Hearing #2
  • May 26-27, 2020
    BOCC Straw Vote
    The BOCC will hold a straw vote to approve the budget
  • June 2, 2020
    Budget Adoption
    Final Budget is approved
  • July 1, 2020
    Budget Takes Effect
    FY2021 Begins with the Newly Approved Budget












Address

Mailing Address:

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Office Location:

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

County Manager's Office
980-314-2900

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