Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

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Mecklenburg County is the largest of 100 counties in North Carolina. The population of Mecklenburg County is 944,373 people (as of the 2011 census estimate), making it the both the most populated and densely populated county in North Carolina. Its county seat and largest city is Charlotte. Together, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte combined their governments to form “Charmeck,” sharing government officials and a website.[1]

Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte and its resident county are named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become queen consort of British King George III the year before the city's founding. A second nickname derives from the American Revolutionary War, when British commander General Cornwallis occupied the city but was driven out by hostile residents, prompting him to write that Charlotte was "a hornet's nest of rebellion," leading to the nickname The Hornet's Nest.[2]

Website Evaluation

This website was last reviewed: April 16, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information for county commissioners is posted.[3]
  • Meetings
    • A meeting calendar with agendas is posted.[4]
    • Agendas are archived to 2004.[5]
    • Minutes for the most recent county board meetings are posted.[6]
    • Minutes are archived to 2003.[7]
  • Administration
    • Contact information for county administrative officials is posted.[8]
  • Budget
    • Current county budget and proposed budget are posted.[9]
    • Budgets are archived to 2004.
  • Audit
    • Most recent financial audit for the county is posted.[10]
    • Audits are archived to 2001.
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted[11] , including approved contracts over $10,000[12]
    • The city of Charlotte's shared services program manages purchasing for the county.
  • Permits and Zoning
    • County zoning information is posted.[13]
    • Permit and license applications are available for download[14]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are available in the budget and tax rates are published[15]
  • Public Records
    • Information on how to request public records is posted.[16]
  • Open Government Portal
    • Mecklenburg County provides an open government portal for ease of transparency.[17]

The bad


The city of Charlotte, the county seat of Mecklenburg, received $71,267,499 in federal stimulus money in three contracts and fifty grants.[18]

Local taxes

Property taxes account for 64.8% of revenue, followed by sales tax (14.4%), licenses and fees (8.1%), utilities franchise taxes (8.1%) police services (3.3%), and other taxes (1.2%).[19]


See also: North Carolina state government salary


See also: North Carolina public pensions

Emergency personnel


See also: North Carolina government sector lobbying

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