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The budget effect 

Dollars-and-cents results

Mecklenburg County recently passed a $1.46 billion budget (which goes into effect July 1); here's a look at some of the dollars-and-cents results.

• The property tax rate was raised 1.98 cents, to 83.87 cents per $100 of the property's value. Basically, a home with a tax value of $200,000 will have a $39.60 higher tax bill next year.

• An additional $10 million will fund county retirement benefits this year, resulting in a tax rate increase of one penny.

• Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools will be getting $337.4 million, that's $25.2 million more than last year. This will raise the county's total cost $92 per pupil, up to $2,543 per CMS student. Higher allowance ... score!

• Funding for the High School Challenge Program is getting cut ($4.9 million). The academic achievement program was aimed at improving performance at target high schools.

• County employees, including county commissioners, will be getting a salary increase of 3.5 percent (on average).

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