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Concord Weekly Update - July 26, 2019

Friday, July 26, 2019

Introducing: Feel good Friday!
It's Friday, Concord! With this week's CityLink Newsletter we want to incorporate a new feature on our social accounts into your weekly dose of City updates in your inbox. Feel good Friday will highlight one of our team members each week to help you learn more about the people delivering services to you. Hop over to our Facebook page to meet Telecommunicator Paige Hailey and find out what she does to honor members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty.

Reminder: new fees, increased motor vehicle tax took effect July 1
Have you noticed something different on your utility bill or when registering a vehicle with the DMV? While keeping the property tax rate level, this year's adopted budget adjusted revenues in three key service areas. The changes include the addition of a minimal monthly solid waste fee for residents, a nominal fee for water customers to support a new program to protect customers from the cost of water leaks, and an increase in the motor vehicle tax paid while registering vehicles with the NC DMV. We first shared this information when the FY20 budget was recommended in May, but want to take this chance to remind you about these adjustments. To learn more, go to concordnc.gov.

Cabarrus property tax bills are on the way
Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax bills are coming in the mail soon. Property tax bills are due on September 1 and are classified as past due if not paid before January 7, 2020. Residents also have the option of viewing and paying their property tax bills online at cabarruscounty.us/tax. Residents in Concord receive one tax bill for both municipal and Cabarrus County property taxes. Cabarrus County real estate and personal property tax can be paid online, over the phone, and in person at the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church St. S, Concord). For assistance with a payment plan, to make a payment or for other information related to your tax bill, call the Tax Collector’s Office at 704-920-2119 or email taxinfo@cabarruscounty.us. For questions related to property value, call the Cabarrus County Tax Assessor’s Office at 704-920-2166 and select option 2 for personal property, option 3 for business personal property or option 5 for real estate. More details are available at cabarruscounty.us.

Stormwater pipe repair closes portion of Spring Street NW
This week, Concord Water Resources crews began a stormwater pipe replacement project on Spring Street NW near Coltrane-Webb Elementary School. During a recent routine inspection, crews found a deficiency in the existing stormwater pipe system in this area. This work began quickly in order to be completed before the start of the school year. To assure a safe work zone, stormwater crews will close Spring Street NW in both directions between Grove Avenue NW and Franklin Avenue NW, weekdays only from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily. At other times, the roadway will be open to all traffic. Weather permitting, this work is scheduled to be completed by August 23. For more information, please visit concordnc.gov.

Census 101: Counting on Cabarrus
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count — or census — of America’s population. The 2020 Census will mail this fall and is due April 1, 2020. The Census bureau will increase its use of technology with the 2020 Census. For the first time, you can respond online, by phone or by mail. Cabarrus is counting on your participation in the 2020 Census because it determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries; because our community receives $1,600 annually from the Federal government for each person counted in Cabarrus County; because communities rely on Census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs, including new roads, schools and emergency services; and because businesses use Census data to decide where to locate facilities and create jobs. Find out how to learn more and get involved at cabarruscounty.us/news/census-101-counting-on-cabarrus.

Join our team!
Are you or someone you know looking for a challenging career with excellent benefits? We're hiring for full and part-time positions with a range of education and experience requirements, including employment opportunities perfect for students. Visit the Concord Careers Portal to get started or call 704-920-5100.

Parks and Recreation highlights: art for all ages
Please see the Summer 2019 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Community Workshop - Wilson Street Open Space Master Plan
On Monday, July 29 Concord Parks and Recreation will host a community workshop at the David W. Phillips Activity Center (945 Burrage Road NE). Attendees will learn more about the master planning process and participate in engaging and interactive activities designed to help inform the Wilson Street Open Space Master Plan. Drop in anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Jason Pauling 704-920-5600 or paulingj@concordnc.gov.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

August
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
19 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our new Instagram and follow us on Facebook.

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
franzese@concordnc.gov
704-920-5210 office