No tax, fee increases in Mint Hill
Mint Hill residents will not see tax or vehicle tag fee increases next year.
Town commissioners voted Thursday, June 13, to approve town manager Brian Welch’s proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget – which doesn’t include any increases for taxpayers.
Copies of the proposed $11,824,006 budget are available for review at town hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. The proposal calls for 2.5 percent merit raises for town employees, $100,000 for new sidewalk construction and $30,000 for two new K-9 dogs and training for new handlers.
In neighboring Matthews, town manager Hazen Blodgett recommended a 2-cent tax increase for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which would raise the tax rate from 30.25 cents to 32.25 cents per $100 of taxable property. He also proposed doubling the town’s vehicle tag fee from $15 to $30 a year.
Town commissioners are working with Blodgett to reduce the proposed increases.
Improvements coming to Albemarle Road?
Mint Hill wants the North Carolina General Assembly to help pay for proposed improvements to Albemarle Road/N.C. 24/27 near its intersection with Cabarrus Road.
Town commissioners passed a resolution Thursday, June 13, asking the state for about $215,000 needed for construction. The North Carolina Department of Transportation already committed $381,000 of “Spot Safety Funds” toward the estimated $596,000 project, according to the resolution.
Symphony reschedules Matthews concert
The Charlotte Symphony will give a free performance June 26 in Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St.
The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., was rescheduled from earlier this month when inclement weather forced its cancellation. The event is open to the public. Pets are not allowed in the park.
See amateur radio operators in action
The Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society will host an American Radio Relay League Field Day this weekend at Mint Hill’s Park on Wilgrove, 7750 Jim Harper Lane.
The field day is part of a national on-air event from amateur radio clubs throughout the United States and Canada. More than 35,000 radio amateurs are expected to gather to operate from remote locations, according to the society’s website.
Area residents are invited to attend the free event, which runs for 24 hours from 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23.
For more information, visit www.w4bfb.org.
Mint Hill OKs Windsor Hall streets
Starting July 1, Mint Hill will take over maintenance for two streets in the Windsor Hall subdivision.
Dunham Drive and Kimberfield Road have been inspected by public works staff and meet the town’s standards, according to a memo from Tim Garner, director of public works. Both streets total an estimated 2,450 feet.
Commissioners voted Thursday, June 13, to accept the streets as part of the town’s system.
Public input needed on transportation plan
The Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MUMPO, will host three public meetings this month to get feedback from area residents about updates to its long-range transportation plan.
Meetings will take place: Monday, June 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Stallings Civic Building, 323 Stallings Road in Stallings; Wednesday, June 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. 4th St., room 278, in Charlotte; and Thursday, June 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. in Mooresville.
The plan spans 20 years and is updated every four years. During the meetings, residents will be able to review the plan’s goals and objectives, the ranking criteria used to plan road projects and the list of potential area road projects.
For more information, visit www.mumpo.org.
State road construction begins July 1
Roadwork can begin as early as July 1 to resurface more than 17 miles of state-maintained roads in and around Matthews, according to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
The agency recently awarded a $3.9 million contract to Charlotte-based Blythe Construction. The work is expected to be complete by June 20, 2014.
The following roads are included in the contract:
• 1.4–mile section of U.S. 74/Independence Boulevard from Matthews-Mint Hill Road to the Union County line
• 1.6-mile section of N.C. 51/Matthews Township Parkway at U.S. 74, including entrance and exit ramps at the interchange.
About 12 miles of secondary roads also will be milled and resurfaced, according to the release.
The contract is one of 20 contracts totaling $165.1 million recently awarded by the agency for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. Contracts are awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 13.5 percent, or $25.8 million, below state estimates, according to the release.
For real-time traffic information, call 511 or visit www.ncdot.gov/travel.
Matthews resident joins Lupus foundation board
The Lupus Foundation of America’s North Carolina chapter recently named Eunice Venson, of Matthews, to its board of directors.
Venson is a licensed CPA and the finance manager of consumer marketing assets at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. A lupus survivor since 1987, Venson has been active in the agency’s annual Walk to End Lupus Now event and served on the event’s steering committee, according to a news release. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from York College and a master’s degree in accounting and financial management from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is difficult to diagnose and has a wide range of symptoms, ranging from skin rashes to heart problems. There is no known cause and no known cure.
The North Carolina chapter serves an estimated 45,000 people with lupus statewide.
For more information, visit www.lupusnc.org or call 877-849-8271.
Prizes offered for blood donations
Area residents who donate blood to the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas now through Sept. 30 will be entered to win prizes as part of the organization’s summer whole blood and platelet donation campaign.
Donors who give whole blood two times at one of CBCC’s five donor centers – Charlotte, Hickory, Monroe, Gastonia and Concord – by Sept. 30 will be entered into the “Grilling Hot Summer” drawing for a Weber Genesis E310 gas grill. Donors also will receive a free T-shirt at their first donation.
Donors who give platelets at least three times during the months of June and July at any of CBCC’s five center locations will receive a family-sized, soft-side cooler. Platelet donors are eligible to donate every two
To make an appointment, call 704-970-4729 or visit www.cbcc.us.
State launches ‘Tag & Tax Together’ online tool
North Carolina vehicle owners have a new online tool to help them understand how the new “Tag & Tax Together” program payment program works.
Starting July 1, vehicle owners will receive bills requiring vehicle property taxes be paid in full before a vehicle’s registration can be renewed. The new combined payment program was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly. By mid-2014, the program should include all North Carolina vehicles.
The new online “Vehicle Property Tax Estimator” calculates the property tax for individual vehicles based on their identification, age and address. The estimator is located on the DMV website, http://ncdot.gov/dmv, and is easily accessible to vehicle owners, car dealers and those registering their vehicles online. Information is available in English and