Charlotte City Council

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.

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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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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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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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.


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.’ ”

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Monday night Charlotte’s City Council voted down a proposal to expand the city’s nondiscrimination laws to protect LGBT people. The vote was 6 to 5. It’s a major blow to LGBT rights advocates and a victory for those who saw the move as part of a war against religious freedom.

Charlotte City Council Agenda

On any given Monday the Charlotte City Council considers dozens of measures. Tonight, it will have just one.

It’s a proposal to broaden the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The move is contentious. Council members have been swamped with emails and phone calls trying to sway their vote.

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Former mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest for public corruption nearly a year ago also sparked a re-evaluation for the Charlotte City Council of its ethics policy, including what gifts members can accept and what relationships they have to disclose. The council adopted a new ethics code Monday night, after debate about how far it should go.


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Just south of Morehead Street in Dilworth, construction crews work in an enormous hole, 30-feet wide and 30-feet deep. Wood slats and metal bands support the walls, like the inside of the world’s largest wine barrel. A pump sucks a pool of storm water out of the bottom. Cranes and dump trucks surround the hole, while a small machine tunnels at the bottom, moving forward about four feet per day.

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