Charlotte City Council

Local News
2:12 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Amid Allegations, Airport Extends Review Of Taxi Contract

Taxis line up at the airport curb
Credit Julie Rose

The head of Charlotte Douglas International Airport says he will take an extra 30 days to decide the fate of the airport’s taxi contract.  That contract is up for renewal. But allegations of corruption has led Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle to look at what legal options he has in seeking a new deal. He made the announcement last night, while airport staff briefed the city council on the process that lead to the contract in the first place.  It was a briefing with some holes.


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Local News
9:22 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Charlotte Budget Recommendation: Modest Tax Increases, Pay Raise

City utility and sanitation workers file into the city council meeting to hear the city manager's recommended budget.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte city manager Ron Carlee gave taxpayers a preliminary glimpse Monday night into how the city will spend their money, and how much they will pay. Carlee presented to city council his recommendation for next year’s budget, which runs from July through next June.


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Local News
2:23 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Council Asks Carlee To Review Airport Taxi Deal

Diamond Cab owner Obaid Khan addressing the Charlotte City Council on Monday night.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Monday we brought you the story of an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving Charlotte Douglas International Airport and taxi companies.  In 2011 the City Council slashed the number of companies that could pick-up at the airport from 12 to 3. The allegations were that only companies that paid $5,000 to join The Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, or HTA, were given the coveted slots. Those who did not were cut out of the most lucrative market in the city for cabs.

In our earlier report, Diamond Cab owner Obaid Khan said, "We feel like you shouldn’t have to pay to play. That’s exactly what took place at the airport."

Last night, Khan addressed the Charlotte City Council about another side of the controversy. 

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Crime
12:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Council Approves Purchase Of Body Cameras For CMPD Officers

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters in uptown Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

 Charlotte police officers will be adding another piece of equipment to their uniforms: body cameras.

Charlotte city council members voted to allow CMPD to purchase new body cameras for some of its officers.


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Politics
5:57 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

James Mitchell Withdraws From 12th Congressional District Race

James Mitchell and supporters held yard signs at a special city council meeting on April 7 announcing the selection of Dan Clodfelter as the new mayor of Charlotte following Patrick Cannon's resignation. He was being considered for the position. He announced he is no longer running for congress on April 14.
Credit Tom Bullock

 Less than two months after officially filing to run for Congress, former Charlotte city councilman James "Smuggie" Mitchell says he is no longer a candidate for the 12th congressional district seat.

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Local News
4:32 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Repeal Of Local Business Tax

Credit NC General Assembly

A plan moving through the state legislature could cost City of Charlotte coffers $8.5 million in local business taxes.


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Local News
10:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Charlotte City Manager: No Property Tax Increase Needed

Charlotte property owners got some good news at last night’s budget meeting—city manager Ron Carlee will not recommend a property tax increase.

“Unless I get contrary guidance from council, the budget which I will be putting together for you will not include a property tax rate change,” Carlee said.

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Local News
10:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Bojangles Requires Millions In Renovations On Top Of Amateur Sports Spending

A sketch shows a field house next to Bojangles Coliseum, part of the plan to turn the area into an amateur sports complex.
Credit City of Charlotte

A plan to turn Bojangles Coliseum and the area around it into an amateur sports complex will require an extra $12 million immediately, staff told city council today. Over the next decade, that amount could rise to over $50 million. Those costs are in addition to millions the council approved for the project in last year’s Capital Improvement Plan.


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Politics
11:38 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Seven Democrats, Two Republicans Running For Watt's 12th District Congressional Seat

Seven Democrats and two Republicans are running for the 12th congressional district seat. Early voting for the May primary election begins on April 24.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

It’s an unusual year for the 12th Congressional district race. For the first time in two decades, it’s an open seat.  Charlotte Democrat Mel Watt represented the district from 1993 until he resigned in January to take over as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Watt’s departure has created a lot of interest among Democrats. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen and Tasnim Shamma talk to Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt about the race.


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Local News
11:57 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Dan Clodfelter Appointed Mayor

State Sen. Dan Clodfelter, right, talks with Charlotte City Council member David Howard, left, after Clodfelter was appointed to fill the remainder of former Mayor Patrick Cannon's term.
David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com Charlotte Observer

Later today, Democratic State Senator Dan Clodfelter will resign the seat he’s held for 8 terms so he can become the next Mayor of Charlotte. Last night, Clodfelter was appointed by the City Council to serve what remains of Patrick Cannon’s term.


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