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​Q&A Regarding the Abolishment of the Old Countywide Law Enforcement Service District

5/4/2018

Mecklenburg CountyOn May 1, the Board of County Commissioners approved a notice for a public hearing on the proposed abolishment of the current Countywide law enforcement service district (LESD) covering the unincorporated land use planning areas of the entire County.

If abolished, Mecklenburg County would only have six law enforcement service districts covering the unincorporated land use planning areas of the City of Charlotte; Town of Cornelius; Town of Davidson; Town of Huntersville; Town of Mint Hill and Town of Pineville. Each of the six law enforcement service districts were approved by the Board of County Commissioners at its public hearing on May 1, 2018.

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the agenda allows, in the Meeting Chamber of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center located at 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, N.C. The hearing is open to the public and attendance is optional. Persons interested in speaking may register online, call the Clerk to the Board’s office at 980-314-2900, or sign up at the meeting prior to the hearing

1. What does a Law Enforcement Service District mean?
The Board of County Commissioners can create a service district in order to finance, provide, or maintain for public services within the service district, including for law enforcement services. A law enforcement service district is a specific defined area where a law enforcement service tax can be levied to provide law enforcement services to the defined service district.

2. Do the six new Law Enforcement Service District mean I will now be a part of two Law Enforcement Service districts? 
No. The Board of County Commissioners approved the creation of six new LESDs at the May 1, 2018 public hearings. As such, the Board has now scheduled a separate public hearing to consider a resolution to abolish the existing Countywide LESD, keeping residents in just one LESD.

3. Do the new LESDs change who provides police services to my property?
There will be some changes depending on which of the six new LESDs you own property in. However, all residents should continue to call 911 at any time should they need police or emergency assistance.  

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted to terminate the existing contract with the City of Charlotte in which the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) provided policing services to all ETJ areas of the County, effective June 30, 2018. The County has negotiated new contracts with municipal police forces to patrol the ETJ areas.
Under the new contracts:

  • City of Charlotte will continue to provide policing services to ETJ areas of the City of Charlotte, the Town of Davidson, the Town of Mint Hill, and the portion of the Town of Huntersville’s ETJ area where the McGuire Nuclear Plant is located;
  • Huntersville will provide policing services to the modified Huntersville ETJ (excluding the ETJ area where the McGuire Nuclear Plant is located);
  • Cornelius will provide policing services to the Cornelius ETJ, and
  • Pineville will provide policing services to the Pineville ETJ (if approved by Pineville).
     


4. Will this raise or change my taxes?
No.

At present, Mecklenburg County levies a law enforcement service district tax rate of $0.2146 per one hundred dollars valuation in the unincorporated/ETJ areas of the County to fund law enforcement services. It is anticipated that this rate will remain the same in FY19 under the six new LESDs. Establishing a new LESD will replace your current LESD tax rate with the exact same rate- except the money raised from that tax may fund a different police department.

5. When is the public hearing to abolish the Countywide law enforcement district?
The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the agenda allows, in the Meeting Chamber of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center located at 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, N.C. The hearing is open to the public and attendance is optional.

6. How can I sign up to speak at this hearing?
Persons interested in speaking may register online, call the Clerk to the Board’s office at 980-314-2900 or sign up at the meeting prior to the hearing.

7. If I have further questions, who can I contact?
Please feel free to contact the County Manager’s Office during business hours at 980-314-2900.