Manager’s budget calls for decrease in taxes, spending

Town Manager Brian Welch will present the fiscal year 2012 budget to the board of commissioners at next week’s regularly scheduled meeting. After three workshops, the commissioners are expected to approve the budget with few if any changes.
Welch is recommending $10,619,436 in spending for the next fiscal year which begins in July, down about $1 million from the previous year’s budget. Most of the drop in spending comes from a decrease in capital projects and debt which is no longer on the books.
Last year, the town spent funds on purchasing land for the new town hall, permits and testing. Construction costs this year will appear as a “capital project ordinance,” and is separate from the regular budget.
The town hall will cost about $6 million to build, but that money will come directly from the fund balance. While spending over all will be down, so will the property tax rate. Currently, residents pay .275 per $100 in property taxes. Welch is recommending to the board that the tax be decreased to .27 cents per $100.
“We will derive enough revenue to produce a balanced budget while maintaining the same level of service to the citizens,” Welch said. Continue reading

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Commissioners break ground for new town hall

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Mayor Ted Biggers (left) and Commissioners Mickey Ellington, Tina Ross, Brenda McRae and Lloyd Austin.

The town of Mint Hill held an informal groundbreaking ceremony for the new town hall last Friday. The event was to coincide with the 40th year that the town was incorporated. Mayor Ted Biggers, commissioners Lloyd Austin, Mickey Ellington, Brenda McRae and Tina Ross as well as town staff, members of the planning board, architects from Creech and Associates and representatives from Edifice Inc. all attended the ceremony. Biggers said in addition to commemorating the town’s 40th birthday, the  board also wanted to make  people aware that they will see construction on this site for the next year.

After the groundbreaking, those in attendance enjoyed refreshments courtesy of the town.
Work on the town hall won’t officially begin for several more weeks. The $6 million building will be located at the apex of the traffic circle in Mint Hill Village. The development is located on Matthews-Mint Hill Road at the intersection of Cresthill Drive.
“As I was driving here today I thought about how beautiful this building will be and how proud the citizens of Mint Hill will be,” Biggers told those in  attendance.
It will take about a year for the completion of the building. Once finished, work will begin on the current town hall to up-fit it for
a police station. The Mint Hill commissioners weren’t the only  ones breaking ground for the new town hall. Three people who were a part of the opening of the current town hall in the 1980s helped to kick off construction for the new town hall. Mint Hill’s first mayor,
Bob Long, former commissioner Don Blackburn and longtime town clerk Beth Hamrick were asked to help with the ceremony.
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Ground breaking on new town hall is this Friday

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners has set the groundbreaking for the new town hall for this Friday at 11 am at the Mint Hill Village site. The groundbreaking is set to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the town’s incorporation in 1971.

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Are pit bulls mean dogs? We ask the president of a pit bull association

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners is currently looking into the possibility of adjusting its ordinances to help curb dog attacks in the town. This comes on the heels of a recent attack in Mint Hill in which a young boy was severely injured, and an attack in Waxhaw that killed a young girl.
Several supporters of animals, and particular pit bulls, spoke at Thursday’s meeting. Kathy Minter of Mint Hill gave a passionate speech about protecting the animals from unnecessarily strict laws.
“Keep in mind there are no bad dogs,” she told the board during the public comments time of the meeting. “There are only bad owners.”
She also told the board that if a resolution or bill gets passed that it should be for the benefit of the dog and that owners need to be held more responsible.
Also speaking at the meeting was Michael Davis, the President of the National American Pit Bull Terrier Association.

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Michael's dog Chilli

Davis lives in Charlotte.
The Mint Hill Times caught up with Davis later to ask him about pit bulls. Are they really “mean” dogs?

Q. You are the President of the National American Pit Bull Terrier Association. What do you love so much about pit bulls?
A. I found them to be the dog breed that I took to most. I found them to be a very misunderstood breed with a huge discrepancy between what I’ve experienced with them and how they are portrayed. They are a very loving, loyal breed of dog and want nothing more than to please.  Unfortunately,  people have used those traits for the wrong reasons.

Q. There have been several recent high profile pit bull attacks in the area. Are pit bulls more prone than other dogs to attack?
A. No, they are no more prone to attack than any other breed of dog.  There are many other breeds of dogs that have incidents happen but they are not reported as sensationally.  The ‘pit bull,’ because of their fighting history, was specifically bred to be Non-human aggressive since the owners had to be able to go and pick up their injured dogs and a dog is most likely to bite when scared or injured.  Continue reading

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Mint Hill wants your input in designing survey questions for land-use planning map

About 70 people showed up last night to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan survey-planning workshop. Suggestions for survey questions will be taken until December 10 and can be emailed, faxed or brought by in person to town hall. Here are the documents that will help you in creating questions for the survey:

The 2010 Request for Survey Questions that was used on November 30. This is the form to fill out with ideas for survey questions. Send this to town hall before December 10.

The 2000 Mint Hill Land Use Plan Survey Form. This is the survey that was used when the town designed its last CLUP in the late 1990s. Use it for ideas for the 2010 survey.

The 2000 Mint Hill Land Use Plan Survey Results for review and reference.

Got questions? Email us at timlong@minthilltimes.com.

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