Charlotte needs to find new ways to increase its tax base. In the past, annexation provided low-hanging fruit. But there's almost no more space to annex. Today, south Charlotte property taxes provide half the city’s revenue. Policymakers have presented initiatives and projects, such as affordable housing and the street car, but what do neighborhood residents want?
Moderated by WFAE's Julie Rose, this conversation addressed whether Charlotte has invested in its Uptown at the expense of neighborhood improvements or if a vibrant Center City contributes to quality of life in other neighborhoods. Panelists and audience members talked about the balance of taxpayer money on public safety, transportation or recreational facilities in different neighborhoods, the most effective ways to invest in older neighborhoods and renovate blighted areas, and if residents have a voice in the city’s neighborhood development plans.