Mecklenburg commissioners face 'new normal' –

Education, construction spending, mental illness and child abuse or neglect programs topped board priorities. At the bottom were areas like historic preservation, personal injury programs and financial planning.

If Mecklenburg County commissioners left their retreat Friday with a message, it was this:

Times are tough.

They’re not likely to get better soon.

So be prepared for residents to not like many choices you make during the next 10 months.

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