Charlotte City Council

Local News
5:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Panthers Get Special Access To Closed Council Meetings

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson thanks the Charlotte City Council for committing tax dollars to renovate the stadium at a final meeting approving the deal on April 22, 2013.
Julie Rose

Most of the Charlotte City Council's debate and deliberations about spending tax dollars on a renovation of Panthers' Stadium happened behind closed doors. That's pretty common when a city is hashing out economic incentives.  But this case stands out because the Panthers were given unprecedented access to the council's process.


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Local News
3:14 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

City-Funded Study Gives Momentum to Airport Authority Measure

State Senator Bob Rucho (R-Matthews)
Credit ncleg.net

The effort to turn the Charlotte airport over to an independent authority has more momentum now that a city-funded study recommends that action. City leaders who commissioned the $150,000 report still urge caution - an idea that elicits laughter from the chief sponsor of legislation to change the airport’s management structure. 


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Local News
9:31 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Streetcar Debate Sidelined As Council Focuses On Rest of City Budget

Charlotte City Council has begun budget deliberations for the coming year.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council learned Wednesday the price of its inaction on a capital investment plan. What they could have done last year by increasing the property tax rate 3.6 cents will now require an increase of more than 4 cents – and that doesn't even include the controversial streetcar. 


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Local News
9:34 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Veteran Journalists Challenge City's Secret Meetings With Panthers

Attorney Paul Whitfield is representing former Charlotte reporters Ken Koontz, Bruce Bowers, Mike Cozza (l-r) and Wayne Powers (not pictured).
Credit Julie Rose

  A group of former Charlotte reporters from the 1970s are taking the city to court over its decision to negotiate behind closed doors for tax money to renovate Panthers' stadium. 

These same journalists and their lawyer sued the city for violating the state open meetings law in the early 1970's – and won. As a result, Superior Court Judge Frank Snepp placed the city under a permanent injunction against breaking the law.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee And Mayor Anthony Foxx

Mayor Anthony Foxx watches on as newly-appointed Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee speaks to the media.
Credit Julie Rose

April 1 marked the beginning of Ron Carlee's tenure as Charlotte City Manager, the first person from out of town to hold the position in more than 30 years. Mr. Carlee brings experience both as a former county manager (Arlington Co., Virginia) and as the COO of the International City/ County Management Association, where he was able to see the operations of cities all over the world. We'll sit down with Mr. Carlee and Mayor Anthony Foxx to talk about how he plans to tackle the city budget, transit and the streetcar debate, the airport situation, and the day-to-day operations of the city, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

House Lawmaker Pledges To Go Slow On Airport Authority Bill

NC Representative Bill Brawley
Credit Julie Rose

The drive to turn Charlotte Douglas International Airport over to a regional governing authority has shifted out of the fast lane.

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Local News
9:50 am
Tue April 2, 2013

New City Manager Ready To Deal With Challenges Simultaneously

Ron Carlee was sworn in as Charlotte City Manager on Monday night.
Credit Julie Rose

It's day two on the job for Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee who was sworn in Monday night. But Carlee says he's actually been working for several weeks to get his arms around the many hot button issues facing the city right now.

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Local News
9:41 am
Tue April 2, 2013

CMPD Citizens Review Board Now Under Review

Citizens and civil rights advocates call on the Charlotte City Council to give the Citizens Review Board more power.
Julie Rose

A board established to review citizen complaints against Charlotte police is now under review itself by the city council. 


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Local News
9:19 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Charlotte City Council Still Stalled Over Streetcar

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx reacts during a discussion about funding the streetcar on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Credit Julie Rose

After nearly a year of deliberations, the Charlotte City Council met Wednesday to outline a compromise plan for raising property taxes to fund capital improvement projects.  But they're still hung up over the sticking point that derailed the nearly $1 billion program last year:  the streetcar.

It really does feel like déjà vu. Even members of the city council have lost count of the special meetings they've held trying to work out their differences on whether to raise property taxes for a billion dollars worth of infrastructure and economic development projects.

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Developing
1:13 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Vote Set For City Manager; Observer Reports Ron Carlee Offered Job

Charlotte city manager candidate Ron Carlee meets and mingles at a reception Wednesday night.
Credit Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer

It appears that Charlotte City Council has chosen its next city manager, at least informally.

The Charlotte Observer reports that council has offered the job to Ron Carlee, a former county manager in Arlington, Virginia. And city spokeswoman Kim McMillan says council plans a vote during Monday’s meeting.

Here’s Carlee speaking at reception earlier Wednesday:

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