by: Jenna Deery Updated:
Mecklenburg County leaders voted Tuesday night to spend $318 million in tax dollars on capital projects.
Last summer, commissioners approved a capital improvement plan to invest tax dollars in areas that need it, and tonight was the first step in making the funding available.
Some of the money approved comes from an education bond referendum voters approved in November.
Commissioners are looking at big projects including $30 million at JM Alexander Middle School, $22 million for Myers Park High School and money to build two new schools.
The county will also spend nearly $22 million on parks and recreation building greenways across the area and a new park in First Ward.
They also want to spend $43 million relocating government buildings like the Hal Marshall Center in uptown.
And $8 million will be going toward Morrison Library renovations for new furniture and equipment.
The projects are part of a plan that starts in 2015 and goes until 2019.
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