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Mint Hill will use some of savings

Almost $600,000 will help make ends meet, but taxes won't be raised in new budget.

By Melinda Johnston
Special Correspondent

Mint Hill's proposed 2009-2010 budget doesn't raise taxes or vehicle fees, but it does require the town to take almost $600,000 out of savings to make ends meet.

Town Manager Brian Welch gave commissioners a $9.4 million proposed budget Thursday.

There will be no pay raises for town staff, and Welch says a planning department vacancy won't be filled.

The proposed budget is available at Mint Hill Town Hall. Commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on the budget on June 11. For more information, call Town Hall at 704-545-9726.

Tougher penalties

Mint Hill commissioners also are considering tougher penalties for people who won't clean up their property.

Town staff and assistant town attorney Robynn Moraites presented the board a revised ordinance that clarifies nuisances and sets penalties for violators.

For the first offense, code enforcement officer Margie Nichols Nichols would issue a citation with a $50 fine. After 15 days, the fine would grow to $100. If the violation persists, fines could go as high as $500 per day.

Under the revised ordinance, the town also would be permitted to clean up the property and bill the owner or put a lien on the property

The ordinance allows Nichols and Town Manager Brian Welch to waive the civil penalties on a case-by-case basis if the property owners are trying in good faith to resolve the problem.

School boundaries

Mint Hill officials have endorsed a new, locally created school boundary plan for the new Mint Hill High School.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has a staff-recommended boundary plan with a June 9 scheduled vote. However, Mint Hill officials and town residents have made it clear they don't like the CMS plan.

So Thursday commissioners unanimously endorsed the locally created plan.

That plan that Mint Hill leaders support:

Set boundaries for Mint Hill High School along the southeastern edge of Mecklenburg County. That district would include the Lebanon Road area, Bain School area and Clear Creek (east and west of Blair Road).

Span Independence High boundaries from Albemarle Road northward through the area surrounding J.H. Gunn and into Reedy Creek.

Extend Butler High's district along the southern part of the county, taking in Matthews and on to Idlewild Road. It would extend past Crown Point and into the Piney Grove area.

Give East Mecklenburg the Oakhurst, Rama Road area, Lansdowne and the Greenway Park areas.

To view a map of the local plan, go online to:

www.minthill.com.

Staff writer Cliff Harrington contributed.

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