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In straw poll, Mecklenburg County Commissioners vote to raise taxes

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted symbolically Tuesday night to raise the tax rate 2.35 cents. However, this was only a straw poll. Another vote will need to be held to finalize the hike.

During Tuesday's straw vote, commissioners spent four hours hammering out details of the proposed $1.6 billion budget. It would put into effect the first tax increase in five years, and will likely increase the county tax bill $45 for the owner of a home worth $200,000.

Commissioners spent almost two hours discussing a proposal by Commissioner Bill James to cut over $4 million to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Commissioners eventually did not pass James' plan.

"It's a dangerous road we are on if we are unwilling to invest in our education system," said Commissioner Trevor Fuller.

Almost a dozen concerned CMS parents wore red at the meeting, pleading with commissioners to spend $1 million to fund 13 new nursing positions. Currently, there are 159 schools in the district and 117 full time nurses.

Commissioners passed a measure to cut $405,000 in nurse funding and reallocate the money to Communities in Schools and ImaginOn in Uptown Charlotte. Commissioner Karen Bentley assured concerned parents the 13 nursing positions will still open, just in January instead of August.

County commissioners will give their final vote on Tuesday, June 18th.

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