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County could save $10 million with new purchasing strategy

The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners were presented with an outline today of changes it could make in the way it purchases goods and services that could save the County upwards of $10 million a year. The presentation was made by County Manager Harry Jones at the Board of County Commissioner’s Budget and Public Policy Workshop
“We’re going to be doing purchasing in a completely new way,” said Jones. “Taxpayers could see a $2.60 return on every dollar invested through this business case.”
The County is working with Deloitte Consulting, which will invest a portion of its fees to pay the cost to implement the business case and receive payment based on the savings achieved.
Strategic sourcing is a method of purchasing goods and services at negotiated best prices consistently across the organization. Examples include timing the purchase of certain commodities for when the prices are at the lowest during the year. Based on the County’s current purchasing practices, Deloitte estimates that this first phase of work can result in annual cost savings of up to $10 million.

By |February 8th, 2011|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments

CMS equity report: What are the per pupil costs at individual schools?

Sometimes it seems like the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are not forthcoming with financial information. That’s understandable. Education data can be extremely complicated and confusing. CMS is attempting to pull back the curtain an inch or two with the recent release of its 2010 Equity Report. What schools receive the most money per pupil? Here’s your chance […]

By |February 3rd, 2011|Mecklenburg County, Schools|0 Comments

Library’s Charles Brown will step down as Director

Charles Brown, who has served as Director of Libraries for the past seven years, has announced plans to leave the system at the end of the fiscal year in June. Brown took over the library when it was still flush with cash from the 1990s and early 2000s boom in Mecklenburg County.  Because of a slow economy, however, funds dried up, and the library was forced to make major changes from top to bottom.

Brown will be replaced in the interim by Vick Phillips, an executive who once served as chief of staff for former Bank of America Chairman and CEO Hugh McColl Read the full press release after the break. […]

By |January 19th, 2011|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments

What’s closed or open this MLK Day?

We already know that CMS will not honor MLK Day so that it can make up for recent snow days. But what else in the county will be closed or open? Here’s a list: […]

By |January 13th, 2011|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments