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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.
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.
Beginning on Feb. 8, Mecklenburg County will host a series of five Community Budget Workshops. The workshops will be held throughout the month of February in various regions of the County.
During the event, residents will be able to discuss their budget priorities with Mecklenburg County Manager Dena R. Diorio and Budget Director Michael Bryant, as well as learn more about the budget process.
Information gathered at the workshops will be considered during planning for the FY21 budget. The workshops are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. There will also be a Spanish language interpreter available at select workshops.
A full list of workshop dates and locations is listed below. Space is limited so registration is required. Visit www.MeckBudgetWorkshops.eventbrite.com to register.
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.
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