Mecklenburg County’s multibillion-dollar bond package gets nod from LGC 

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RALEIGH — At its Feb. 6 meeting, the N.C. Local Government Commission unanimously endorsed a $2.5 billion bond package approved by Mecklenburg County voters for school construction in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System (CMS).  

A 63% majority of Mecklenburg voters voted in favor of the funding in last November’s election.   

The LGC’s nod to the funding marks the largest tax-exempt financing ever handled by the commission. The funding will occur through a phased 3-cent property tax increase, slated for implementation in 2025, 2028 and 2029. 

CMS is the second-largest school district in North Carolina with 184 schools. 

According to the district’s website, the bond package will fund “30 high-priority projects,” including the construction of three new schools to accommodate student enrollment, replacement of 16 schools on-site and two off-site, as well as renovation of other facilities.  

Notably, plans include development of a regional athletic complex to add to extracurricular opportunities offered to students. 

The LGC also approved the following finance items: 

  • Wilson County: Secured $73 million in special obligation bonds for the acquisition, construction and equipping of a multipurpose baseball stadium and entertainment complex, to be utilized by the Carolina Mudcats, a Single-A minor league franchise. 
  • Cabarrus County: Received approval for $100 million in revenue bonds to expand the Rocky River Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, a crucial infrastructure project aimed at bolstering environmental sustainability. 
  • N.C. Medical Care Commission: Granted authorization for $90 million in conduit revenue bonds to facilitate the construction of a 57-unit independent living apartment building at Cypress Glen, Pitt County, part of United Methodist Retirement Homes. 
  • Town of Davidson: Extended authorization for issuing $6.9 million in bonds over three years to address ongoing project delays and market challenges. 
  • City of Reidsville: Approved a nearly $4.9 million increase in a state revolving loan to enhance wastewater infrastructure, ensuring compliance with environmental regulations. 
  • Inlivian: The Charlotte housing authority received the green light for an additional $2 million in tax-exempt bonds to finance the Fairhaven Glen project, aimed at expanding affordable housing options. 
  • Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority: Granted funds for essential repairs to manholes, pipes, and pump stations, necessitated by damage from severe weather events. 
  • Caswell County: Approved a lease agreement for vehicle replacement within the Sheriff’s Department, signaling a commitment to maintaining public safety infrastructure. 
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