CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)- If Mecklenburg County officials have their way - home owners will be paying more in property taxes.
Interim County Manager Bobbie Shields presented his 2014 recommended budget to county commissioners Tuesday night.
Shields says the property tax increase will help pay for services in the current budget and deal with increased demand.
The county says funding is needed to "address the growth in CMS student population, opening of new parks, libraries, and merit increases for employees."
According to county officials, a 2.5 cent tax increase would mean about $50.00 higher property tax bill for a $200,000 home.
WBTV checked in with some homeowners to see how they feel about possibly paying more in taxes.
John O'Neill of Huntersville says "if the money is gonna be well spent, ensure financial - fiduciary - responsibility to make sure we're paying our debt - I think it's necessary."