Group Favors Ballantyne Split From Charlotte

From The Charlotte Observer, March 9, 2012

Ballantyne would be its own city, if a group that met Thursday night in southeast Charlotte has its way.

Several dozen people attended a meeting of South Mecklenburg Alliance of Responsible Taxpayers, or SMART, at Raintree Country Club. Members of the group are unhappy with spending policies by the City of Charlotte and are proposing that a portion of southeast Charlotte split away from the city.

SMART has started a Facebook page and plans regular meetings.

According to the group’s posts, members disagree with city spending on the light rail line and other transit issues, plus city support of Time Warner Cable Arena and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. SMART members also are unhappy with what it considers unfair treatment given southeast Mecklenburg residents by county officials during the recent property revaluation.

According to WBTV, members of SMART plan to attend Monday’s meeting of the Matthews town commissioners, to gain their support.

State law requires support from the General Assembly to form a new town or city.

SMART also is supporting a group which wants to split the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools into three districts — North, Central, and South.

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