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Did you know?
Did you know you can now report pot holes, street light malfunctions, and many other non-emergency issues to the City using your smartphone? Visit concordnc.gov to learn about and download the Concord Mobile Care app for your android device, or access the web-version on any other device. An iOS app is in final testing and will be available for download soon.

TOMORROW: art and history combine on free tour, part of Phifer exhibit
See Robert Phifer's art collection and then take a tour through the Phifer Family's history on Saturday, April 18. Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, where 14 original pieces of art are on loan from the North Carolina Museum of Art in the Concord Museum. Click here for a sneak peek. The Cabarrus Arts Council will hold continuous screenings of Judge Clarence Horton’s Historical Moments: The Phifer Family in the Davis Theatre. Then, take a journey through history. Local experts will narrate tours through Oakwood Cemetery on Church Street, Phifer Cemetery on Lucky Drive, and Memorial Garden on Spring Street. Transportation will be provided to the first 15 participants on each tour, others may use their own vehicles to travel. The entire tour will take approximately three hours. For more information on the Robert F. Phifer Art Collection exhibit and tour, contact the Historic Cabarrus Association at 704-920-2465, view the flyer, or visit cabarruscounty.us.

10th Annual Spring Plant and Herb Festival
Come rain or shine on Saturday, April 18, Cabarrus County Master Gardeners will have heirloom plants, horticultural supplies, and perfect Mother's Day gifts available for purchase at the 10th Annual Spring Plant and Herb Festival. Explore 85 vendors with unique items for the horticulturally inclined or earth-friendly enthusiasts, and delights for any garden shopper. The sale begins at 8:00 a.m. and continues through 4:00 p.m. at the Winecoff Farmer’s Market, 518 Winecoff School Road. Visit cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Residents encouraged to continue contacting legislators to protect local revenue
Two competing bills in the North Carolina Senate both have the potential to change the way local sales taxes are distributed and negatively affect municipal revenues across the state. In late March, Sen Bob Rucho filed SB 608 "Simple and Fair Formula for Sales Tax Distrib." This bill came a few weeks after a similar bill was introduced to convert the locally levied sales tax to a state sales tax and distribute it on a per-capita basis. Although SB 608 will not have as great an effect due to a guarantee of FY14 revenue amounts, in both cases even more of the sales tax paid here will go to other areas. Estimates generated by the NC League of Municipalities indicate that cities across the state could face a collective loss of nearly $120 million if SB 369 "Sales Tax Fairness Act" is passed into law as written. NC General Assembly estimates predict a $2 million annual revenue loss to the City of Concord by 2018. This is in addition to the $1.1 million Concord will lose beginning this July due to the elimination of the local Privilege License Tax. Many other local jurisdictions will lose revenue as well. This stands to greatly restrict the ability of Concord and many other cities to provide the needed services and infrastructure to continue generating sales taxes for the State of North Carolina, which benefits even more from sales tax revenue.

In a recent development, a House bill was filed this week (H 903) that would give NC cities a long-desired option to levy a quarter-cent city-only sales tax by resolution. Click here to find out who represents you in the North Carolina General Assembly, and contact them with your thoughts on these bills.

Shred event planned for April 25 near Rotary Square Farmer's Market
The Solid Waste Services department is hosting a free community document shredding and recycling event on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. The event will be held in Downtown Concord at Cabarrus County's Parking Lot 4, located on Corban Avenue between Union and Spring Streets. Shredded paper (placed in a tied, clear plastic bag) is accepted in the City's curbside recycling program. However, the community shredding event will allow members of the public who have large quantities of sensitive or confidential material, or do not own a shredder, to securely dispose of unwanted paper. "This is one of the most frequent requests we receive from citizens," said Environmental Educator Mandy Smith-Thompson. "We're pleased to provide this opportunity to the community." The day of the event, attendees may bring up to three 13-gallon trash bags or three "bankers boxes" of paper to the on-site shred truck. Those bringing paper can stay to see their documents be destroyed, or just drop and go without watching. Shredding sensitive documents is a great way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Be sure to also stop by the Rotary Square Farmer's Market for its soft opening, and celebrate Earth Day with City and County staff.

Parks and Recreation highlights

Please see the Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Youth Council seeking membership applications
The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year through May 1. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615 or littlefd@concordnc.gov.

Join the fun on spring bus tours
April 23: A Spring Surprise. Save your guesses and worries, this trip with a secret surprise destination is sure to be enjoyed by all. The interactive trip will keep us on the move—visiting multiple locations and witnessing the transformations of some of the nation’s greatest visionaries. Bus departs at 8:15 a.m. and returns between 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Walking shoes encouraged. Registration is $25 (plus cost of lunch), and available at concordparksandrec.org.

May 8: Music and a Meal. Join us as we return to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and absorb the beautiful classical sounds of Rachmaninoff and Dvorak performed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. We will hear a sweeping and emotional piano concerto and an energetic and imaginative performance of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9. After the performances we will enjoy an uptown lunch. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 3:00 p.m. Registration is $33 (plus cost of lunch), and available at concordparksandrec.org.


Sign up now for the Couch to 5K Challenge

This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his or her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the Streetlight 5K on Friday, July 10. Meets at Dorton Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. between May 5 and July 7. The $15 registration fee includes a t-shirt and $5 discount on Streetlight 5K registration. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord upcoming meetings

Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

April
21 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
May
12 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session (typical Thursday session moved to Tuesday to accommodate May 14 Haulers on Union Event)
21 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

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