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May 22, 2008 (Recessed Meeting) <br />Page 838 <br />The Board of Commissioners for the County of Cabarrus met in recessed <br />session in the Multipurpose Room at the Cabarrus County Governmental Center <br />in Concord, North Carolina on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at 3:30 p.m. <br />Present - Chairman: H. Jay White, Sr. <br />Vice Chairman: Joni D. Juba <br />Commissioners: Robert W. Carruth <br />Grace M. Mynatt <br />Coy C. Privette <br />Also present were John Day, County Manager; Mike Downs, Deputy County <br />Manager; Kay Honeycutt, Clerk to the Board and Lori Hinson, Deputy Clerk to <br />the Board. In addition, numerous members of the Cabarrus County Board of <br />Education (BOE) were present, including Chairman Holly Blackwelder and Dr. <br />Barry Shepherd, Superintendent. <br />Call to Order <br />Chairman White called the meeting to order at 3:31 p.m. He announced <br />that Commissioner Carruth is held up in traffic and will arrive shortly. <br />Commissioner Carruth arrived at 3:51 p.m. and was present for the remainder <br />of the meeting. <br />Approval of Agenda <br />UPON MOTION of Commissioner Mynatt, seconded by Vice Chairman Juba and <br />unanimously carried, the Board approved the Agenda as presented. <br />Hudget Overview - Budget Message <br />John Day, County Manager, briefly reviewed the following budget message <br />for FY 09 and responded to several questions from the Board. <br />Honorable Chairman and Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners: <br />I have good news and bad news this <br />result of recent strategic planning <br />great strides in initiating growth <br />techniques which, in the long term, <br />life and lower tax increases. <br />year. First, the good news: As a <br />efforts, Cabarrus County is making <br />management strategies and planning <br />can contribute to better quality of <br />In my last budget message I wrote: <br />There is no single way to moderate this trend of <br />steadily increasing population and taxes, but there <br />are several steps that, taken together, might have <br />the desired effect: <br />1. Increase the amount of the voluntary school adequacy <br />mitigation payments. <br />2. Encourage the municipalities to place considerable <br />limits on utility extensions. <br />3. Maximize the amount of land zoned for employment <br />purposes and reduce the amount zoned residential across <br />all jurisdictions. <br />4. Consider placing annual caps on residential development <br />across the entire county. <br />5. Consider reducing permitted residential densities in <br />targeted areas across all jurisdictions. <br />I'm pleased to report that one year later, great progress has <br />been made toward completing these five steps. First, the Board <br />of Commissioners increased the voluntary school adequacy <br />mitigation payments for single family residential construction <br />from $9,039 per unit to $8,617. This more than doubling of the <br />fee will produce millions more in revenue over time and help <br />defray the amount of debt required for school construction. <br />Second, a land use planning effort for the county's Central Area <br />(one of five county planning districts) is under way. This <br />effort, which includes extensive public participation, also <br />involves representatives from the cities of Concord and <br />Kannapolis, since those cities' utility service areas extend into <br />the unincorporated portions of the Central Area. <br />