City Budget http://wfae.org en Charlotte's $2.1 Billion Budget, Made Possible Through Big Sales Tax Collections http://wfae.org/post/charlottes-21-billion-budget-made-possible-through-big-sales-tax-collections <p>The Charlotte City Council on Monday night adopted a budget that increases the city’s spending about 7 percent without raising property taxes.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:09:39 +0000 Michael Tomsic 52617 at http://wfae.org Charlotte's $2.1 Billion Budget, Made Possible Through Big Sales Tax Collections Charlotte Budget Recommendation: Modest Tax Increases, Pay Raise http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-budget-recommendation-modest-tax-increases-pay-raise <p>Charlotte city manager Ron Carlee gave taxpayers a preliminary glimpse Monday night into how the city will spend their money, and how much they will pay. Carlee presented to city council his recommendation for next year’s budget, which runs from July through next June.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:22:46 +0000 Ben Bradford 50355 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Budget Recommendation: Modest Tax Increases, Pay Raise NBA Commissioner: Bobcats' Arena Needs Upgrades To Host All-Star Game http://wfae.org/post/nba-commissioner-bobcats-arena-needs-upgrades-host-all-star-game <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Great news for Charlotte basketball fans, but not necessarily for Charlotte taxpayers: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he’d love for the city to host an All-Star game. But he says the Charlotte Bobcats’ arena needs an upgrade first, and that’s where taxpayers come in.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:37:21 +0000 Michael Tomsic 47620 at http://wfae.org NBA Commissioner: Bobcats' Arena Needs Upgrades To Host All-Star Game $51 Million For Bojangles Coliseum? A Talking Document Tells Us Why http://wfae.org/post/51-million-bojangles-coliseum-talking-document-tells-us-why <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A request for $51 million of city money to rehab the </span>Bojangles<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Coliseum was a bit surprising. The city has already approved $25 million to renovate the site. This new proposal is still just that, a proposal. But it left us wondering just what this additional money would be used for.&nbsp; So we turned to a real person and a talking document to find out. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:58:11 +0000 Tom Bullock & Ben Bradford 47430 at http://wfae.org $51 Million For Bojangles Coliseum? A Talking Document Tells Us Why City Council Considers $300 Million In New Spending http://wfae.org/post/city-council-considers-300-million-new-spending <p>Charlotte is considering nearly $300 million of new spending on projects for the next fiscal year. City council members met Wednesday night to hear the proposals.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capital projects are physical things like runways, city parks and desk chairs. Charlotte currently has $25 million of available funding for such projects, basically wiggle room for the 2015 budget.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Which means in order to pay for some or all of these requests, the city would likely have to raise taxes or fees or take on debt. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:12:46 +0000 Tom Bullock 47303 at http://wfae.org City Council Considers $300 Million In New Spending Charlotte Council Approves 3.17 Cent Tax Hike http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-council-approves-317-cent-tax-hike <p>It took a year longer than usual, but the Charlotte City Council approved a 3-cent property tax increase for capital improvement projects on Monday night.</p><p>The same plan got derailed last year because it included money to extend the streetcar. When the council passed a capital plan <em>without </em>the streetcar, Mayor Anthony Foxx vetoed it. &nbsp;The city is now pursuing funding for the streetcar separately and the council easily passed the rest of the capital plan last night. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:27:42 +0000 Julie Rose 29113 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Council Approves 3.17 Cent Tax Hike Phew! Charlotte Council To Adopt Capital Plan, Budget http://wfae.org/post/phew-charlotte-council-adopt-capital-plan-budget <p>Charlotte's $2 billion budget for the coming year will likely be adopted Monday night, including an increase in the property tax rate of about three cents.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:43:44 +0000 Julie Rose 28945 at http://wfae.org Phew! Charlotte Council To Adopt Capital Plan, Budget Manager Carlee To Present First City Budget http://wfae.org/post/manager-carlee-present-first-city-budget <p>New city manager Ron Carlee makes his first big mark on Charlotte Monday night when he presents his 2014 budget and capital investment plan – or CIP - to city council.&nbsp; But speaking at WFAE's recent public conversation, Carlee made clear this budget won't really be his own.</p><p>"I came in on the city council's last (bugdet) workshop, which meant that four days later the budget goes into production," explained Carlee. "So there's not going to be much of my stamp on this CIP – it will be very similar to what has been out there previously."</p> Sun, 05 May 2013 22:02:00 +0000 Julie Rose 26577 at http://wfae.org Manager Carlee To Present First City Budget One Charlotte, Or Many? A WFAE Public Conversations Preview http://wfae.org/post/one-charlotte-or-many-wfae-public-conversations-preview <p></p><p>It's time again for the city of Charlotte to draw up its annual budget – including a renewed push to raise property taxes for capital projects. Last year's capital investment program proved so large – and divisive – that the council and mayor couldn't agree on any plan.&nbsp; They still can't. And in the interim, those divisions have proven to run deeper than city council politics.&nbsp; They've shown up across Charlotte and they're the topic of a special&nbsp;WFAE&nbsp;public forum Thursday at 7 p.m. at Spirit Square.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:00:06 +0000 Julie Rose 25912 at http://wfae.org One Charlotte, Or Many? A WFAE Public Conversations Preview Streetcar Debate Sidelined As Council Focuses On Rest of City Budget http://wfae.org/post/streetcar-debate-sidelined-council-focuses-rest-city-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Charlotte City Council learned Wednesday the price of its inaction on a capital investment plan. What they could have done last year by increasing the property tax rate 3.6 cents will now require an increase of more than 4 cents – and that doesn't even include the controversial streetcar.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:31:47 +0000 Julie Rose 25064 at http://wfae.org Streetcar Debate Sidelined As Council Focuses On Rest of City Budget