• Meck Co. commissioners to vote on budget, teacher raises


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mecklenburg County leaders are expected to take a final vote Monday night on the budget for this year.

    Last week they passed a preliminary vote on the $1.5 billion budget that would take effect July 1.

    Commissioners put $7.2 million on hold for a 2 percent raise for teachers, but first they want to find out how much of a pay increase teachers will get in the state budget.

    Also Monday night, commissioners will vote on a plan that could help pay for teacher raises in the long term.

    If commissioners approve the plan, taxpayers would vote on a sales tax increase in a referendum on the November ballot.

    The tax rate would jump from 7.25 percent to 7.5 percent -- which could generate $34 million per year.

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