South Charlotte



Proposed budget: Matthews Commissioners received the proposed fiscal year 2011-12 budget from Town Manager Hazen Blodgett during their meeting last week.

The budget focuses on maintaining current services for citizens during the continued economic recession.

The proposed budget would be $18,517,074. There are no proposed tax or fee increases in the budget. This budget reflects a revenue neutral rate due to the county's property revaluation. This is the first time in eight years that revaluation has been completed.

Revenue neutral is the tax rate that will bring in the same amount of tax revenue as the current tax rate and is increased to reflect growth in the tax base between reappraisals. The current tax rate is .33 cents per hundred dollars of valuation. The revenue neutral rate would be 30 cents.

Mint Hill

Bluegrass festival: Organizers of the Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) are hosting a free family-friendly outdoor Bluegrass Festival on Armed Forces Day on May 21.

The event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Mint Hill Park on Fairview, the site of the future Museum.

Parking is $2 per car and lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. The event will be headlined by Grand Ole Opry star and Nashville resident George Hamilton IV and The Moody Brothers.

There also will be food and craft vendors will be on hand, and USO and American Red Cross representatives will explain how their organizations support our troops and their families. Visitors to the AFMAC booth will see plans for the new $2.5 million museum. For more information, visit the AFMAC website

Kids in Motion: The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. hosted 4,500 guests and raised $34,000 during the sixth annual Kids in Motion held last month at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall.

Kids in Motion is a community event that supports the nonprofit JLC's Healthy Child Initiative to improve the mental, dental and physical health of Charlotte's children.

For additional information, call (704) 375-5993 or visit