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After Mecklenburg-Union County line confusion, county leaders decide to stick with original boundary

County staff discovered state records are inconsistent with local records regarding the Mecklenburg Union County border.

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — Tuesday night, Mecklenburg County leaders voted to agree with Union County on using the same county boundary they've been using for years.

The vote comes after county assessors discovered inconsistencies on where Mecklenburg County ends and Union County begins.

In January, they found North Carolina records show the border in slightly different places than what Mecklenburg and Union Counties have been following. 

If the counties chose to go with the state's version of county lines, hundreds of properties would have been changed from Union County to Mecklenburg County.

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As county staff members worked to find a solution, neighbors worried the potential change could impact their school districts, taxes, and representation. 

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However, county leaders decided to keep things the same. 

"At this point, the best impact that could be made would be to go with the least impact," Mecklenburg County assessor Ken Joyner said to board members. 

Mecklenburg County's board of commissioners approved the resolution to keep county lines the same. Union County's board of commissioners voted to approve the same resolution in February.

Now the counties need state lawmakers to pass a bill that solidifies their boundary line and throws out the state's version to prevent any confusion in the future. 

Contact Julia Kauffman at jkauffman@wcnc.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. 

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