South Charlotte

Annexation plan includes 2 areas in south Meck

The city of Charlotte is looking to take in – and tax – 3,107 more southern Mecklenburg residents.

Members of the Berewick and Stone Creek Ranch communities: Charlotte's talking to you.

Neighborhoods in and around the Berewick community in Steele Creek and the Providence/Interstate 485 area are part of the city's 2009 annexation plan. The proposal would expand Charlotte's city limits into Mecklenburg County's growing areas.

Annexation would take place June 30 if the City Council approves the plan in November.

Why should homeowners in these areas care?

Your taxes would go up. Your county property tax bill actually will drop about 18 cents per $100 of assessed value. But you'll also get a new city property tax bill of about 46 cents per $100 value.

You've got a chance to speak up. The City Council has a public hearing on annexation on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St.

The annexation proposal is not a done deal. There's a history of the council listening to the public and changing annexation boundaries because people speak up, said Jonathan Wells of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, which is coordinating the annexation plan.

Neighborhoods would get city services such as streetlight repairs and trash and recycling pickups.

Here are some questions and answers on annexation:

Q. Where are the affected southern Mecklenburg areas?

The Berewick area is near the Steele Creek Road exit of I-485 and in the vicinity of the Steele Creek/Shopton Road West intersection. It includes portions of the Berewick residential community. The area has 963.5 acres.

The Providence/I-485 area is defined by I-485 to the north, Ardrey Kell Road to the south, Tom Short Road to the west and Providence Road to the east. It includes the Stone Creek Ranch development. The area has 409.8 acres.

Q. What would residents get for being annexed?

Four main services, according to Wells: solid waste services, such as trash collection and recycling; fire department service; street maintenance; and utilities like sewer and water.

Q. What does the city get?

Charlotte benefits by building a community that is more economically and financially sustainable, Wells said, with a diverse tax base better able to withstand economic fluctuations.

Wells said some residents argue that Charlotte benefits from annexations because it brings more property taxes to the city's coffers. But in some cases, he said, annexation takes many years to pay for itself – especially when the city adds fire stations or water and sewer lines to newly annexed areas.