Charlotte budget

Charlotte City Council members discussed the budget before passing it Monday night.
City of Charlotte

The Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt the city's $2.4 billion budget for 2017-18. The plan increases some fees, but not property taxes; adds police officers and firefighters; and includes raises for city employees. 

Charlotte City Council members are set to vote Monday night on a budget that would keep the city's property tax rate steady, and put more police officers on Charlotte streets.

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The Charlotte Fraternal Order of Police is calling on city leaders to give officers more substantial raises, saying it would be a good first step in giving officers support that they feel has been lacking in recent months.

Charlotte skyline at dusk
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Charlotte's new city manager has released his proposed budget for the city. It calls for a 5.3 percent increase in city spending with no increase in property taxes. But residents would still pay more for water and garbage services.

Charlotte Budget Hearing: Just Don't Touch The Trash

May 10, 2016
Michael Tomsic

Charlotte residents had their first chance to comment Monday night on the city’s proposed budget, which includes a property tax hike. But most of the speakers focused on something that’s not in the budget.

Charlotte's city manager is recommending about a 1 percent property tax increase to fund more police and firefighters. Ron Carlee presented his budget to city council Monday night.

WFAE

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.

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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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.

Ben Bradford / WFAE

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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