Charlotte City Council

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.


Courtesy of 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.’ ”

Tom Bullock / WFAE News

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.

Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

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.


Charlotte Storm Water Problems Outpace Fixes, Budget

Feb 11, 2015
Ben Bradford / WFAE

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.

Julie Rose

More than 44 million passengers flew through Charlotte-Douglas International Airport last year. That was a record, one that the airport hopes won’t stand for long.

Monday night, the Charlotte City Council will hear plans to expand Charlotte Douglas. They call for a new runway and nearly doubling the number of gates at the airport.

Obama Budget Includes Charlotte Street Car Funding

Feb 3, 2015
City of Charlotte

The Obama Administration’s new proposed budget includes funding for Charlotte’s street car project. City officials have banked on receiving that money to build the street car, but it’s still no sure thing.


State Tax Changes Threaten Hole In Charlotte Budget

Feb 2, 2015
City of Charlotte

State tax changes could chew a sizeable hole in the City of Charlotte’s pocketbook, staff told City Council members at their annual retreat Friday. Two changes—one last year and one proposed this year—have them worried.


New Transit Needs New Revenue, Says Charlotte Mayor

Jan 13, 2015
Ben Bradford / WFAE

The City of Charlotte will need to come up with more money for transit projects, Mayor Dan Clodfelter announced during his State of the City speech Tuesday morning. The city has proposed future extension of the street car and possible rail and bus lines to the north and southeast. But Clodfelter says the state won’t support those projects as it has in the past.


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