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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.
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 BudgetFY21 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages all eligible residents ages 12 and older to get a free COVID-19 vaccination.