On June 6, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners adopted the County’s budget for Fiscal Year 2024. The budget totals $2.36 billion and sets a property tax rate of 47.31 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The Board’s current priorities include early childhood development, educational attainment, environmental stewardship, health access, housing insecurity, workforce development and racial disparities. The budget allocates over $2 million to early childhood development as follows:
- $1.1 million for N.C. Pre-K. This funding matches the Meck Pre-K rate at $900 per child, exceeding the state rate, for N.C. Pre-K programs in community-based child development centers.
- $350,000 for a project manager and consulting services to develop an implementation plan for the pre-natal to 3 strategic plan.
- Additional investments of $603,000 support five positions for the Women, Infants and Children’s Program, a child development audiologist, and early literacy programming at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library.