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3:27 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Appraiser Explains The Hit To Charlotte's Budget

The City of Charlotte learned this month it would receive $14 million less in property taxes than expected next year. A redo of Mecklenburg County’s flawed 2011 revaluation suddenly found property was worth much less than previously estimated. Overall, property tax value fell by $2 billion. Commercial property makes up the largest share of the dip.


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1:36 am
Tue March 24, 2015

NC Senate Sales Tax Proposal Further Cuts Charlotte Budget

A Charlotte budget document from January shows projected revenue shortfalls under various scenarios. The bottom, dark-red line shows the elimination of the business license tax and the changed sales tax. Brown's actual bill would not create as immediate a dip, because it phases in over three years. At the time of the chart's creation, the city also had not yet been notified of a $10 million loss in property tax revenues, due to lower revaluations.
Credit City of Charlotte

Top Republicans in the state Senate Monday unveiled their proposal to shift sales taxes from urban areas to rural areas. The bill’s sponsor says it will help poorer counties, but it would compound the growing hole in Charlotte’s budget.


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6:26 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Charlotte Budget Takes Another Big Hit; Carlee To Order Hiring Freeze

The loss of business privilege license tax revenue and lowered property tax projections have created a gap in the Charlotte budget.
Credit 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.


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12:31 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Charlotte Storm Water Problems Outpace Fixes, Budget

Construction crews at the bottom of this hole dig a tunnel underneath Morehead Street, where they will lay new storm water pipe.
Credit 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.

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4:52 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Mass Layoffs At Chiquita Headquarters To Begin In April

Chiquita will close its headquarters at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Uptown by the end of the year.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Chiquita has notified state officials the company will close its Charlotte headquarters slightly earlier than expected, with layoffs to begin in two months.


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5:02 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

State Tax Changes Threaten Hole In Charlotte Budget

A City of Charlotte slide at the annual retreat shows budget shortfalls under three scenarios: restoration of revenue lost by the cut of the business privilege license tax, restoration of 50 percent of the revenue lost by the cut, and no restoration combined with a redistribution of the sales tax.
Credit 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.


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5:22 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Big Games Give Pols A Chance To Score With Voters

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter laid out the terms of his bet with Seattle mayor Ed Murray on the field at Panthers Stadium.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte has more than just a berth in the NFC Championship on the line in Saturday’s Panthers-Seahawks playoff game. Politicians have bet regional goods on their teams. Let’s take a much-too-serious look at the friendly wagers.


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6:30 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Charlotte Strikes Deal To Waive Debt From NASCAR Hall Of Fame

Credit ©Sean Busher and NASCAR Hall of Fame

Charlotte officials have struck a deal to forgive roughly $20 million in debt the city owes for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Billed as an economic boon, the facility has never broken even since it opened in 2010, and has failed to pay off its original loans.


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9:06 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Firing Of Charlotte City Employee Over Facebook Post Highlights First Amendment Debate

First Amendment tablet 'mural' at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Credit dbking / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A City of Charlotte fire investigator is out of a job because of a Facebook post in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri riots. It’s the first time a Charlotte city employee has been fired over a posting on social media. An attorney for the investigator says the city overreached.

So what are the First Amendment rights of public employees?


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4:18 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Charlotte Asks FAA For Final Answer On Airport Control

The City of Charlotte has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to decide who will run Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The letter comes weeks after a judge ruled in the city’s favor that a state-created commission does not have authority to take control of the airport, unless the FAA approves it.

Charlotte’s city council has run the airport for 78 years.

City attorney Bob Hagemann says the city wants a final answer.

“There has been a cloud over the airport going on two years. We think it’s time to work hard to remove that cloud,” says Hagemann.

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