On November 5, voters in Mecklenburg County will be asked to approve a quarter-cent sales tax referendum that will provide additional funding for our parks, arts and education. Gas, groceries, and medicine are exempt from the increase.
What a vote FOR means to your Charlotte Symphony:
1. Support for Project Harmony, our free after-school orchestra program for elementary school students in the Winterfield, Montclaire, West Blvd, and West Sugar Creek neighborhoods.
Hear the difference we're making
Go behind the scenes of a Project Harmony rehearsal in Culture For All podcast Episode 3: Arts In and Out of the Classroom. In this episode, Mary C. Curtis invites you into classrooms around the county to hear how arts programming is serving our children every day.
FOR our kids. FOR our community. FOR all of us.
When you vote FOR on the November referendum, you're voting for expanded parks and greenways; enhanced arts, science, and history programs; and to help our kids fulfill their potential.
|Students and parents across Mecklenburg County have felt the affect of cancelled school field trips to museums and cultural attractions, depriving our kids of the chance to learn and expand their horizons. New revenue from the sales tax would fund a joint effort by local organizations and Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools to restore and expand arts, science, and history education in public schools.
In addition, this funding would be used to eliminate barriers to participation, reduce economic disparities, and enable programs to reach neighborhoods across the county to ensure that residents have access to programs, regardless of where they live or what they can afford.
Kids with an interest in arts will have more opportunities, which will benefit families and our entire community.
|To make an investment in improved parks and greenways, and our quality of life. A recent study found only 36% of Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents live within a 10-minute walk of a par, compared to the national average of 72%. And the county spends just $48 a year per resident, compared to the national average of $87.
We can do better than this, and a new revenue stream will make that possible.
Mecklenburg County's parks and greenways syste will be rejuvenated and planned improvements will be realized if the November referendum passes. Our youth will have more outlets for recreation and exercise, while adults of all ages will be able to enjoy the beauty of our area without having to travel long distances.
|This additional funding will be used to help CMS hire more teacher assistants and counselors -- making critical investments in our students and their classrooms. The funds will also be used to boost teacher supplements so that Mecklenburg County will be able to attract the very best educators for our children.|