Charlotte Talks: Mike And The Mayor (And The City Manager)

May 10, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Charlotte City taxes may rise.  And we’ll talk about that right off the bat with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles.  She’s back for our monthly discussion and is bringing City Manager Marcus Jones with her.  Jones has proposed a $2.6 billion budget with raises for police and city staff which would necessitate a tax rate increase.  Mike Collins will go over the budget with Jones and Lyles, and find out how it would affect services and citizens and the mayor’s effort to increase our stock of affordable housing.

On the next Charlotte Talks, it’s our fourth edition of monthly discussions with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, and this time, the mayor brings along Charlotte’s City Manager Marcus Jones.

On Monday, Jones proposed a $2.6 billion budget for the city for the next fiscal year. The budget includes raises for police and other city staff, a boost in affordable housing funds and a 1 penny tax rate increase.

We’ll sit down with the mayor and the city manager to go over the proposed budget and how it would affect Charlotteans and city services and how this budget would help Mayor Lyles achieve her goals in improving affordable housing and safety in the city.

We'll also talk to the mayor about the prospects for Charlotte being the host city for the 2020 Republican National Convention. Charlotte has been named a finalist for the event. 

Mike Collins speaks with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles in her monthly interview on Charlotte Talks.
Credit Zuri Berry / WFAE

And we'll discuss Mayor Lyles' recent honor in Essence Magazine.


Vi Lyles, mayor of Charlotte

Marcus Jones, Charlotte’s city manager