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Did you know?
Did you know the North Carolina General Assembly repealed the local privilege license tax effective July 1, 2015? According to the NC League of Municipalities, the repeal results in an approximate $62 million loss for cities and towns for fiscal year 2016. Before its repeal, privilege license taxes were a source of revenue for municipalities to provide services to citizens. Now, many local governments are feeling the impact of this significant loss. For more information about Concord’s current budget, visit concordnc.gov/budget.

Scenes from National Night Out 2015
On Tuesday, August 4 Concord celebrated National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community, and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Each year, neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, and exhibits.  This year marked the 14th National Night out Celebration for the City of Concord. City staff members and elected officials participated in many events—see images on the City's Flickr Photostream and learn more about National Night Out at nno.org.

Senate introduces "compromise" sales tax proposal, Cabarrus local governments still at risk
Members of the State Senate introduced a
revised sales tax redistribution plan this week in an effort to separate the issue from ongoing budget discussions, after the two had previously been lumped together. The lack of a state budget over one month into the new fiscal year is becoming increasingly alarming to local school systems, who are approaching the start of the school year without a majority of their funding in place. The latest iteration is a 50-50 split between distributing sales tax on a "point-of-sale" basis (returning sales taxes to the counties that generated them) and per-capita (distributing local revenues across the entire state based on population). While not as severe as earlier plans, such as one that would only return 20 percent point-of-sale, this latest proposal creates at least 23 "losing" counties, including Cabarrus, which along with Concord and the other municipalities would all lose about six percent from current sales tax revenue levels, according to NC General Assembly projections. However, these estimates likely underestimate the impact to Concord and other jurisdictions because they assume even growth rates across the state. For example, they assume sales growth here in Cabarrus County will be the same as the growth in rural counties without the retail and tourism businesses that have been attracted here through local investments in infrastructure and services.

No matter how inaccurate the projections are, the taking of local revenues by the General Assembly will likely leave Concord and other jurisdictions' elected officials (representing over 5 million North Carolina residents) with no choice other than to raise fees, property taxes and/or cut needed services. Please continue to
let your local General Assembly delegation know that taking local revenues from the parts of the state generating a majority of North Carolina's sales taxes is not an effective way to address the economic challenges of our rural neighbors.

Final 2015 Union Street Live concert and block party set for August 20
The final concert and block party for the 2015 Union Street Live series will be August 20. Regional favorite Jim Quick and Coastline will perform on the main stage beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Means Avenue, next to the historic Cabarrus County Courthouse. Pluto for Planet will begin playing on the north stage at 7:00 p.m., located on Union Street North in front of the library. In between the stages, have fun at the Union Street Live Block Party! During concert nights Union Street will be closed from the Concord Library to Corban Avenue. Walk Union Street to enjoy outside dining, games, shopping, and more! For more information, visit concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

Call for proposals related to human services transportation.
The City of Concord is soliciting project proposals for funding under the federal Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program. An estimated $114,047 in grant funding is available for transit projects in the Concord Urbanized Area. Funding will be allocated using a competitive selection process as described in the City of Concord’s
5310 Program Management Plan. Eligible applicants include local government agencies, social services agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and public transportation operators. The deadline for grant applications is August 23, 2015. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.


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.

Final days for fall youth baseball registration
Youth baseball registration for kids ages 7-16 is available until the end of this weekend, midnight on Sunday, August 9, at
concordparksandrec.org. The playing season runs from August through October. Call 704-920-5600 for more information.

Just one more week to cool off at the McInnis Aquatics Center
Spend some time before school begins at the John F. McInnis Aquatics Center, as pool season ends on August 15. 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.

 

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

August
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
20 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

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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.

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