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Did you know?
Did you know limited commercial air service is available to several destinations in Florida from Concord Regional Airport? Allegiant Air currently provides nonstop service to the Sanford/Orlando/Daytona, St. Pete/Clearwater/Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale areas from Concord. Learn more at concordnc.gov and click here to preview the convenient experience of flying from Concord Regional Airport.

Sales tax redistribution plan part of Senate budget
The Senate's revised sales tax redistribution plan -- which was unveiled last week as House Bill 117 and described in last week's CityLink Newsletter -- was incorporated into the state budget that passed out of the chamber this week. That means that HB 117 is now unlikely to move on its own and that, if the House fails to concur with the Senate budget (at it appears likely to do), the issue of sales tax redistribution will be part of House and Senate budget negotiations.

The sales tax redistribution provisions in the budget remain unchanged from HB 117. The budget would convert sales tax distribution in the state from the current 75%/25% point of sale/per capita split to an 80%/20% per capita/point of sale split, resulting in some counties and cities gaining money while others are projected to lose revenue. While the numbers presented appear less harmful to Concord revenues than original projections, they most likely do not reflect reality. This is because the sales tax growth rate used state-wide in this model is less than the historical growth rate for Cabarrus County and other revenue generating localities. Although cities would be unable to share in the proceeds, the model also assumes revenues from optional County sales taxes that have yet to be requested or authorized in a public referendum.

City officials continue to be concerned that there is a lack of understanding of the cost of local government services needed to support the growth experienced in Concord and elsewhere. Sales taxes are being collected by businesses all over Concord, but many people naturally think of the Concord Mills/Speedway area. The cost to provide Fire and Police emergency response services in the Concord Mills/Speedway area in 2014 was $3,862,497, based on actual calls for service. The City has invested $4.5 million to build a new fire station now under construction, purchased or will purchase $1.35 million in equipment, and will eventually have $1.5 million in annual personnel costs to meet the need for Fire and First Responder services in the Concord Mills area.  This does not include the millions of local tax dollars spent to construct streets or match NCDOT funds for future improvements at Exit 49, nor the recreation projects currently underway in this area.

The City of Concord remains concerned about the impact of this proposal on future revenues and the ability to deliver services. The issue of sales tax redistribution will now likely be decided in the conference committee charged with reaching a budget agreement between the two chambers. Click here to contact Concord's local delegation and inform them what the bill would mean to you.

Operation Fan provides heat relief to seniors and disabled
With this week's sweltering weather and a similar forecast ahead, it is critical we make sure our disabled friends and neighbors have access to relief from the heat. If you know of a senior or disabled individual who is in need of a portable fan, please let them know one is available at no cost through Operation Fan--Heat Relief. The summer program helps provide a more-comfortable living environment for them, with the intent of reducing heat-related illnesses. To qualify, recipients must be at least 60 years of age or disabled, live in Cabarrus County, and not have central air-conditioning. Visit cabarruscounty.us to learn more or call the Cabarrus County Department of Human Services to request a fan at 704-920-1400.

Remember to save the drops!
The heat and lack of rain make people, pets, and plants need water, and it is essential to follow all City water use guidelines if you plan to water lawns. Lawn irrigation using the City's water system is only permitted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Responsible water use all year and particularly in periods without rain, helps us keep water supplies adequate and avoid more restrictive conditions. Visit concordnc.gov/savethedrops for more information.


Concord approaches a milestone of professional management
In his most recent column, Mayor Scott Padgett takes a moment to reflect on 50 years of professional local government management in Concord. Perhaps the most important decision for a local elected officials to make, all 100 counties and all municipalities of substantial size in North Carolina employ a professional local government manager to serve as the CEO of the government's organization. This person brings the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, handle all personnel matters, recommend a balanced budget each year, and serve as the chief advisor to the elected officials. This allows the elected officials to focus on high level decisions such as establishing levels of funding, the scope of an organization's services, and annual goals and priorities. The manager then executes these decisions, working directly with departments and by design keeping the "politics" out of the way cities hire people and provide services. To read the full column, visit concordnc.gov or see page 3 of the Summer 2015 City Circular.

Vietnam Veterans ceremony video now available on demand
On May 14, the community honored local veterans and their families with a series of events as part of the national 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Concord and Cabarrus County have both joined the Commemorative Partner Program and are hosting multiple events and activities to thank and honor Vietnam veterans, highlight their service, and pay tribute to the contributions of those on the home front. If you were not able to attend or if you want to enjoy it again, you can now watch a video of the ceremony on Cabarrus County's YouTube Channel or TWC Channel 22. Visit the City's Flickr photostream for images, and learn more at vietnamwar50th.com.

Stay informed with Blackboard Connect
The City’s Blackboard Connect system is in place to help keep the public up-to-date about service changes or other updates via voice, text, and email messages. However, only residents and businesses with a published landline phone number are already in the system. Residents and businesses may add additional contact information through the Blackboard Connect Portal. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.

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

Cool off at the McInnis Aquatics Center
Join in the fun at the John F. McInnis Aquatics Center. Located at 151 Academy Avenue NW, the Aquatics Center offers both child and adult swimming lessons, water aerobics, and public swim. Swimming is open to the general public. Patrons must purchase a Privilege Pass I.D. in order to swim, City-resident discounts available. Find public swim hours and fees at
concordparksandrec.org or call 704-785-8105.

Sign up now for Youth Soccer
Soccer registration is open through June 30 for the fall season. Children ages 3-15 are invited to participate. The registration fee for City residents is $30, non-City residents is $50.  Register weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at one of the recreation centers, online anytime at
concordparksandrec.org, or at Academy Sports in Kannapolis on June 27 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic coming soon
The annual Streetlight 5K and Frolic will take place on Friday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Historic Downtown Concord. Pre-registration is $15 and available through July 2 at the Academy Recreation Center or by July 3 at
concordparksandrec.org. Race day registration will be $20. All pre-registered runners are guaranteed goodie bags and t-shirts. This event is family friendly, and will include activities for children and music from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m.

City of Concord upcoming meetings

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

June
29 at 5:00 p.m. City Council special meeting

July
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
16 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
21 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

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