Mecklenburg commissioner Bill James wants the county to freeze hiring and some spending – and to update upcoming property revaluations to reflect declining housing values.
The county is in the midst of its first property revaluation since 2003, and officials have said they're keeping an eye on market changes.
James wants the county to write down the values of properties where needed. Not doing so, he said, “would be an insult to the taxpayers of Mecklenburg.”
James wants commissioners to review his proposals Oct. 21.
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His request for a hiring and spending freeze comes after the city of Charlotte announced plans to hold expenses down until officials evaluate how much revenue will come in this year.
The city also plans to review and cancel some contracts and to put all savings into a restricted account for later. James wants the county to do the same.