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​Sept. 16, 2019


BOCCOffice of the Tax Collector to Collect Delinquent Medic Claims

On Oct. 1, the Mecklenburg County Office of the Tax Collector (OTC) will begin collecting delinquent claims for Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic).

North Carolina general statutes permit delinquent Medic claims to be collected utilizing the same enforcement actions available for delinquent taxes. This method of collection is employed by several other counties across the state and serves as an additional tool to minimize the required County fund dollars and/or additional rate increases to Medic invoices. Those whose services are covered by Medicaid, worker’s comp, hospice, or who qualify for charity write-offs will not be referred to the OTC.

When a Medic claim has been issued and remains unpaid for 120 days or more from the date of service, it will be referred to the OTC to initiate advanced tax collection methods, including garnishment. This will result in additional fees associated with the garnishment, which the claimant will be responsible for paying.

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions on the OTC webpage. Medic also currently utilizes the North Carolina Debt Set-off program and traditional collection agencies to recover outstanding claims for services provided.

If you have questions, please contact Tax Collector Neal Dixon at 980-314-4488.
Board of Elections Holds Demonstration for New Voting System

The current voting system used in Mecklenburg County has been decertified and may not be used after Dec. 1, 2019. Prior to approving the adoption and acquisition of any new voting system by the Board of County Commissioners, the County Board of Elections members must witness a demonstration of the type of voting system to be recommended, as well as one other type of certified voting system.

This demonstration will occur on Monday, Sept. 23 at the Valerie C. Woodard Center auditorium, 3205 Freedom Drive, Charlotte for three voting systems certified by the State Board of Elections on Aug. 23. Vendors will conduct demonstrations between:

• 9 - 11 a.m.
• 1 - 3 p.m.
• 7 - 9 p.m.

These demonstrations are open to the public and will take place concurrently, allowing County Board members to rotate to each of the three vendors during each of the three sessions. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections will be attending only for demonstration purposes. 

For more information, contact Board of Elections Director Michael Dickerson at 704-336-2133.
Groundbreaking for Memorial Stadium Reconstruction Project Set for Friday

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction of American Legion Memorial Stadium in uptown Charlotte on Friday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. – noon. Festivities will take place at the stadium and the neighboring Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte. Commissioners and the public are invited to attend the free event.

The project will begin with the demolition of the current structure in late September. The new stadium is expected to be finished in spring 2021 and will have a seating capacity of 10,500 spectators. 
The stadium design will allow for professional and amateur sporting events, civic celebrations, concerts and more.
For more information, contact Park and Recreation Director Lee Jones at 980-314-1017.
Assessor’s Office Receives Several Accolades at International Conference

The Mecklenburg County Assessor’s Office was the star of the show at last week’s International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) annual conference in Niagara, Ontario.

The department was officially recognized as the winner of two very prestigious awards:

• The 2019 Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award, honoring the department as a model agency in the field of property assessment
• The 2019 Public Information Program Award, recognizing the department’s outstanding work surrounding the 2019 Revaluation

I am very proud of the department for its commitment to carrying out its responsibilities in such a professional manner and its tireless efforts to ensure a smooth, efficient and accurate revaluation. These awards are a true reflection of staff’s hard work.

In addition to these honors, seven County Assessor employees received recognition during the awards program.

• County Assessor Ken Joyner won the Professional Development Lifetime Achievement Award
• Christy Lantis received her Assessment Administration Specialist designation
• Cecil Jackson won the Verne Pottorff Award (professional designee of the year)
• Joel Shytle received his Residential Evaluation Specialist designation
• Roger Webb received his Residential Evaluation Specialist designation
• John Geier received his Assessment Administration Specialist designation
• Kellianne Nagy received her Personal Property Specialist designation

Congratulations to the Assessor’s Office on a job well done!