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Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz to Tout Infrastructure Bond Package Impact On Coast PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 05:26

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - If a $1.5 billion infrastructure bond is approved by voters, the popular Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum on the coast of North Carolina would be in line for $3.5 million. That will be the message Thursday delivered by
N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz hosts a discussion of the bond package at the museum.

The museum is named for shipwrecks that play a major role in the area's history. Most well known among the subject matter is Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge.

Breakdown of the Infrastructure Bond:

    $1.48 billion

    101 projects

    64 counties

    Estimated 15,600 jobs created

    Selected by strategic priority

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 05:29
Jobs Watch: Materials Firm To Expand in Union County, Create 70 Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 18 June 2015 05:26

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The City of Monroe will see 70 new jobs and an investment of $69.8 million when Allegheny Technologies Incorporated constructs a new manufacturing facility adjacent to its current site in Union County.
 The Pittsburgh-based firm is one of the world’s largest and most diversified specialty materials and components producers.  ATI’s major markets include aerospace and defense, oil and gas/chemical process industry, electrical energy, medical, automotive, food equipment and appliance, and construction and mining, according to Gov. Pat McCrory's office.

New jobs include positions for skilled craftsman and operators. The average annual earnings for the new jobs will exceed $60,000.  The average annual salary in Union County is $38,730.

 “ATI is one of Union County’s largest employers, and this added commitment to the area helps build on North Carolina’s aerospace industry,” said Commerce Secretary John Skvarla in a statement. “It is vital that our existing industries continue to grow and expand.”

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $140,000.  The One NC Fund provides financial assistance through local governments to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state.  Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

 In addition to the N.C. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., other partners that helped with this project include NC Division of Rural Economic Development, North Carolina Community College System, Golden Leaf Foundation, Monroe-Union County Economic Development, Union County and the City of Monroe.

Mecklenburg County Commissioners Approve Fiscal Year 2016 Budget PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 05:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Mecklenburg County commissioners have approved a $1.6 billion budget for the new fiscal year. The property tax rate remains at 81.57 cents per $100 of valuation.

The full budget can be found at http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/CountyManagersOffice/OMB/Pages/FY16-Budget.aspx.

Highlights, according to the county's website are:

Stable Property Tax Rate, LESD Tax Rises
The FY16 Budget keeps the property tax rate at its current level of 81.57 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. This will be the third consecutive year of no property tax increase. However, in the Law Enforcement Service District (LESD), a 1.77-cent tax rate increase in the LESD was approved. This is the first tax rate increase for the LESD since FY2012.

Literacy and Education
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) will receive a $13.9 million increase to support student enrollment growth, sustaining operations, additional psychologists and social workers, and an increase in pass-through funds for charter schools. Also part of the FY16 Budget is a $4 million one-time funding to be used for deferred maintenance or technology. The total appropriation for CMS is $17.9 million, bringing its proposed operational budget for FY16 to $408,862,352.

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will receive a funding increase of  $2.3 million, including one-time funding to replace CPCC’s obsolete telephone system and address maintenance concerns and contractual increases.

CPCC’s total recommended budget for FY16 is $35,429,083, bringing the overall education budget for FY16 to $567 million.

Health and Human Services
The Fiscal Year 2016 Budget includes investments to improve service levels to help prevent chronic disease, protect adults and children from trauma and violence, fulfill basic needs like food and shelter, support recovery from substance abuse, and create homes for children who need them.

Included in the funding for Health and Human Services:

    $596,000 for foster care contracts and placements to address the increasing number of children in the custody of the County;
    Expanded intervention services for children exposed to violence and trauma as part of the nationally recognized Child Development Community Policing Program;
    Funding for eight new senior social workers;
    Investments in services to combat homelessness, and support the growing needs of veterans in the community, including three additional Veteran’s Services officers; enhancement of legal services for VA disability appeals, discharge upgrades and public benefits.


Park and Recreation
The FY16 Budget includes investments for Park and Recreation facilities, including the opening of new or renovated facilities at Ramsey Creek Beach, First Ward Park, Double Oaks Pool, Berewick and Reid parks, and the Aquatic Center, as well as deferred maintenance at parks throughout the County. The budget also includes funding for two new park rangers.

The budget also includes increased funding to maintain new facilities for the Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA) and Mecklenburg County MEDIC, and to improve maintenance at other facilities.

High Performing Organization
Exemplary customer service comes from high-performing employees. To recruit and retain high performing employees, the FY16 budget includes pay-for-performance merit increases equivalent of 2 percent of payroll, or an average of 3 percent.

League of Municipalities Latest Legislative Bulletin Available Now PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 05:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Bills that affect local governments are featured in the latest edition of the LeagueLINC Bulletin produced by the North Carolina League of Muncipalities.

The newsletter is available at nclm.org. Topics in the June 12 edition include:

-- Senate Tax, Incentive Plan Includes Sales Tax Redistribution

-- Unchanged Design Standards Bill Heads to Governor

-- Senate Presents Local Government Reg. Reform Package

-- Electronic Notice Bill Pops Up in Senate Committee
-- Gang Nuisance Abatement Measure Passes Both Chambers
--Committee Considers Regulation of Digital Dispatch Networks
-- House Committee OKs Maggie Valley De-annexation Bill
-- Senate adds Greensboro Council changes to House Trinity bill
-- Local Government Bill Turned into Elections Changes
--   Moped Requirement Putts Through Senate Committee
-- League-Supported Measures Become Law


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