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8:08 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Charlotte City Council Punts Back To Carlee On Budget

Ron Carlee

Charlotte’s City Council appears no closer to a consensus on how to fill a hole in the city’s budget deeper than in any year of the recession. City Manager Ron Carlee has proposed a complex mix of expense cuts and fee increases. But a key part of his plan hinges on raising property taxes while lowering a garbage fee that homeowners pay—it’s a complex scheme that hasn’t gained traction with the city council. The council once again debated that and other parts of Carlee’s plan Monday for more than an hour without obvious progress. Mayor Dan Clodfelter called a halt.

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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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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.
Credit 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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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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12:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

City Council OK's $975,000 For New Seats At Bojangles Coliseum

Nearly $1 million worth of new, wider seats are coming to Bojangles' Coliseum.
Credit James Willamor

Monday night the Charlotte City Council voted to spend $975,000 to buy new seats for Bojangles Coliseum.

Late last year, the City Council approved a plan to spend $15 million to renovate the 59 year old structure. The new seats are one of the first major purchases in that plan.

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8:59 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Council Considers Trims And Taxes To Fill Budget Hole

Charlotte’s City Council is looking at ways to fill a gaping hole in the budget. Last night, city manager Ron Carlee presented options from trims to tax raises.

City leaders have said the upcoming budget hole is worse than any single year of the recession. But instead of a flailing economy, it’s due to state tax changes and Mecklenburg County’s property tax revaluation redo.

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11:05 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Meck Tax Assessor: Much Smaller Tax Base Was Surprise To All

City council members questions Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor Ken Joyner (r).
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

The City of Charlotte will have a lot less tax revenue to work with partly thanks to a re-do of the botched 2011 property revaluation. That came as a surprise to council members last week. They questioned the county tax assessor Thursday to find out what happened. 

Mecklenburg County hired the private firm Pearson to correct the 2011 property revaluation. Throughout the process the company told the county to plan on a smaller tax base. That tax base ended up dropping by $2 billion, way outside Pearson’s own projections.

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11:41 am
Tue March 24, 2015

City Council Considers Charlotte Photo ID For Immigrants

A poster in support of a Charlotte Photo ID
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

The Charlotte City Council found itself on federal turf Monday night as it debated immigration policy. This after a task force submitted proposals to make the city more immigrant friendly and allow the city to better take advantage of Charlotte’s immigrant economy. There were 27 proposals in all. The most controversial: issuing a Charlotte photo ID to all immigrants who want one, whether they’re in the country legally or illegally. 

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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.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

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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5:48 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Mayfield: Compromise Vote Would Have Told Transgender People They're Not Worthy

Lawana Mayfield

Charlotte City Council’s meeting Monday night over whether to include LGBT people in the city’s non-discrimination law evoked strong comments from the public and Council members. The proposal failed 6-5.

"I don’t think tonight’s vote is about solving a problem. I think it’s about promoting a political agenda," Republican Councilman Kenny Smith said before casting his vote against the measure. "I think if it's passed, it will be a clear message to the city that the City Council has voted to impose the progressive left's view of morality on the majority of our citizens."

Another council member who voted against the measure was LaWana Mayfield. Her vote may surprise some because she’s an openly gay member of Council. She voted no because the final proposal had stripped out a controversial requirement that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.

In this interview, Mayfield tells WFAE's Sarah Delia that voting yes on the compromise "would have been compromising on all of the friends, the neighbors, those in the community that do identify as transgender…that would be telling them ‘You’re not worthy to be part of this fight with right now.’ ”