Charlotte budget

WFAE Talks
3:49 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

WFAE Talks, Episode 52: Police Shooting Settlement And Looming Budget Decisions

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WFAE's Tom Bullock sits in for both Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford. Tom and News Director Greg Collard discuss the city of Charlotte's $2.25 million settlement with the family of Jonathan Ferrell. He died in September 2013 after police officer Randall Kerrick shot him 10 times. The settlement comes about 2 months before Kerrick goes to trial (July 20) on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Greg and Tom also discuss budget decisions that will soon be made at the local and state levels, plus a legislative attempt to redraw some local election districts.

7:49 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

No Consensus From City Council On Raising Property Tax

After another meeting to discuss the budget proposed by Charlotte city manager Ron Carlee, no clear consensus exists among the city council about a core component of the proposal: to raise property taxes while lowering overall costs for most residents.

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Local News
10:37 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Apartment Group: Carlee's Budget Unfair To Multi-Family Homes

Pat Riley spoke on behalf of the Arts and Science Council
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Monday night was an open mic night of sorts at the Charlotte City Council. It was the public’s chance to have their say on the city manager’s proposed budget. It includes an increase in property taxes and cuts to city services. 

There wasn’t a flood of angry protesters lamenting cuts to the city’s 311 service last night. In fact just eight people spoke to the council last night. The speakers broke down into one of three categories.

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7:05 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Charlotte Council Members React To Property Tax Increase Plan

The City of Charlotte lost more than $28 million from the state repeal of a business license tax and lower property value after Mecklenburg County's redo of its 2011 revaluation. With increased sales tax revenue, the upcoming budget still has a $21.7 million gap.
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Charlotte city council members expressed mixed feelings about city manager Ron Carlee’s proposal to raise property taxes as part of the solution to the upcoming budget deficit.

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Local News
7:10 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Carlee Proposes Property Tax Raise, Service Cuts To Close Budget Gap

Ron Carlee

City Manager Ron Carlee has recommended the Charlotte City Council raise property taxes, as one part of a multi-faceted solution to deal with a budget gap larger than in any single year of the recession. But most homeowners would actually pay less, Carlee says.

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Local News
9:21 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Expect 'Trash Talk', Service Cuts In Carlee's Proposed 2016 Budget

A handout from the Charlotte City Budget Workshop.
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Despite a growing economy, the city of Charlotte is facing a $21.7 million budget gap. City leaders say it’s bigger than anything they dealt with during the great recession. Tonight, City Manager Ron Carlee will lay out his plan to fill that gap when he proposes his budget before the city council.

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Local News
1:36 am
Tue March 24, 2015

NC Senate Sales Tax Proposal Further Cuts Charlotte Budget

A Charlotte budget document from January shows projected revenue shortfalls under various scenarios. The bottom, dark-red line shows the elimination of the business license tax and the changed sales tax. Brown's actual bill would not create as immediate a dip, because it phases in over three years. At the time of the chart's creation, the city also had not yet been notified of a $10 million loss in property tax revenues, due to lower revaluations.
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Top Republicans in the state Senate Monday unveiled their proposal to shift sales taxes from urban areas to rural areas. The bill’s sponsor says it will help poorer counties, but it would compound the growing hole in Charlotte’s budget.

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Local News
6:26 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Charlotte Budget Takes Another Big Hit; Carlee To Order Hiring Freeze

The loss of business privilege license tax revenue and lowered property tax projections have created a gap in the Charlotte budget.
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The city of Charlotte faces a gaping hole in the upcoming budget. A combination of state tax changes and Mecklenburg County’s property tax revaluation has city officials scrambling to plug the gap.

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Local News
10:09 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Charlotte's $2.1 Billion Budget, Made Possible Through Big Sales Tax Collections

Several council members didn't make the meeting in which the city adopted a new budget.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte City Council on Monday night adopted a budget that increases the city’s spending about 7 percent without raising property taxes.

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