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Mecklenburg County commissioners adopt $1.39B budget

Voting along party lines Tuesday night, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.39 billion budget for fiscal 2012.

The budget, OK’d in a 5-4 vote, includes a lower property tax rate of 81.66 cents per $100 in valuation from 83.67 cents per $100 in valuation.

It also lowers the county’s law enforcement service district tax rate from 20.46 cents to 18.69 cents.

Democratic Commissioners Vilma Leake, George Dunlap, Jennifer Roberts, Dumont Clarke and Harold Cogdell supported the budget.

But Republicans Neil Cooksey, Karen Bentley, Jim Pendergraph and Bill James voted against it. Republicans’ biggest complaint was that while the tax rate is lower, the budget increased by approximately $70 million because of the county’s revaluation of property taxes, resulting in higher taxes for approximately 57 percent of the county’s homeowners.

Tara Ramsey can be reached at tara.ramsey@mecktimes.com.

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