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​Q&A Regarding Proposed Law Enforcement Service Districts

4/24/2018

Mecklenburg CountyProperty owners in the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) areas of Mecklenburg County will receive a notice in the mail informing them of public hearings to be held by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners on May 1, 2018 regarding the creation of six new Law Enforcement Service Districts (LESD). The six new LESDS will cover the ETJ areas of each of the following:  the City of Charlotte; the Town of Cornelius; the Town of Davidson; the Town of Huntersville; the Town of Mint Hill; and the Town of Pineville.


1. Why am I receiving a letter notifying me of a public hearing to create a Law Enforcement Service District?
The Board of County Commissioners is proposing to create six new law enforcement service districts for the County’s (ETJ) areas. The public hearing notice was sent to you by U.S. mail if you are an owner of property that is located in one of the six proposed law enforcement service districts. The hearing is open to the public and attendance is optional.


2. 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. 


3. How many Law Enforcement Service Districts is the County proposing to create?

There are six (6) separate proposed LESDs covering the ETJ areas of: 1) the City of Charlotte; 2) the Town of Cornelius; 3) the Town of Davidson; 4) the Town of Huntersville; 5) the Town of Mint Hill; and 6) the Town of Pineville.


4. I already own property within the existing County-wide Law Enforcement Service District which covers the ETJ areas of Mecklenburg County. Does this new Law Enforcement Service District mean I will now be a part of two Law Enforcement Service districts? 

No. If the resolutions to create the six (6) new LESDs are approved by the Board of County Commissioners at the May 1, 2018 public hearings, the Board will schedule and notice a separate public hearing to consider a resolution to abolish the existing County-wide LESD.


5. Will this new LESD 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 is now in the process of negotiating new contracts with municipal police forces to patrol the ETJ areas.

Under new contracts or contracts currently in negotiation:

  • 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.

 

6. 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.


7. Why did you include a map in the notice?

The map is legally required to define the boundaries of the unincorporated/ETJ area included with the notice. We want you to be aware of why you were included in the notice, which is based on the geographic location of your property. There has been no change to your property.


8. When is the public hearing to create the proposed law enforcement district?

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 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.


9. 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.


10. Where can I find the report containing the information on each Law Enforcement Service District, as referenced in the notice? What information does this report include?

If you want further information regarding the County’s six new proposed LESDs, a report containing the following information is available for public inspection at the Clerk to the Board's Office from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. located at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 11th floor, 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, N.C.:

  • A map of the proposed district, showing its proposed boundaries; 
  • A statement showing that the proposed district meets the standards set out in G.S. 153A-302(a);
  • A plan for providing one or more of the services listed in G.S. 153A-301 to the district; and
  • A proposal to eliminate the current County-wide unincorporated area law enforcement service district if this new district is created.



11. 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.

View the LESD report.

More information is also available in general statute Chapter 153A Article 16.