Charlotte City Council

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4:30 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Alcohol Bus Ad Compromise Headed For Vote Wednesday

Example of advertising on CATS bus.
CATS

Wednesday night the Metropolitan Transit Commission is scheduled to approve a compromise to its new policy allowing alcohol ads on Charlotte buses. The initial decision brought strong criticism from some members of city council and prompted the commission to take a second look.

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4:20 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Charlotte City Manager Walton Retiring

Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton will retire in December 2012.
charlottenc.gov

The most powerful government employee in Charlotte has announced plans to retire at the end of the year. City Manager Curt Walton says he's ready for a "new adventure" after five years in the position and twenty prior years in other city jobs.

Charlotte has what's called a "weak-mayor" system of government, which means the city's 6,800 employees and $1.7 billion budget are the city manager's responsibility.

Aside from hiring good people, Curt Walton says the best thing he's done for the city since becoming manager in 2007 is to make it operate more like a business.

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4:17 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Charlotte Council Rekindles Tax Hike Debate

Mayor Foxx making a plea to the Charlotte City Council for approval of the 8 percent tax hike on May 25, 2012. Photo: Julie Rose.
Julie Rose WFAE

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is convening a special meeting of the city council Thursday to re-start debate over raising taxes to pay for streets, sidewalks and a streetcar.

Three months ago, Mayor Foxx's plan to boost the property tax rate by 3 and a half cents and use the money for nearly a $1 billion worth of projects, collapsed in a series of surprise city council votes.

Foxx hasn't let it drop since - even taking the opportunity to nudge council members during the groundbreaking of an uptown stadium a few weeks back.

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