Mayor Anthony Foxx

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4:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Foxx Wants To Know If CMPD Gun Purchases Aid Gun Lobby

Mayor Anthony Foxx

  Mayor Anthony Foxx says he's met twice recently with Vice President Joe Biden on the topic of gun control and this he week signed a letter with other mayors supporting tougher firearms laws. But Foxx also wonders if the city may be inadvertently helping to fund the push against gun control. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

Mayor Foxx this week asked the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for details about where it gets its firearms and bullets. The lobby against new gun laws is "pretty effective in Washington" says Foxx.

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5:08 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Tough Choices Ahead As Charlotte Nears End Of Annexation Road

Charlotte's boundary has expanded like ripples in a pond over time - through annexation.
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department

Think about this for a moment - back in 1960, the entire city of Charlotte was just 35 square miles.  Today it's more than 300 square miles. That's a 700 percent expansion as one neighborhood after another got swallowed up through annexation.

But now, there's not much land left to annex and recent changes to state law will make future annexation much harder.  No big deal, right?  Many people think Charlotte's plenty big. What few realize is the role annexation has played in the city's budget and tax rates over the years. WFAE's Julie Rose explains.

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9:28 am
Tue December 18, 2012

After Much Debate, Council Awards Carolina Theatre To Foundation

Foundation for the Carolinas will renovate the theater, and build a lobby and office tower on the site.
Credit danmachold/Flickr

The City Council decided the fate of the Carolina Theatre Monday night, awarding it to the non-profit Foundation for the Carolinas for $1, over a competing, half-million dollar bid. The historic venue has fallen into disrepair since closing in the 1970s, but its sits on prime Uptown real estate.

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11:12 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Council Seeks To Settle Streetcar Debate Monday

Budget debates don't typically get underway for the city of Charlotte until May – but the council has spent the last several months getting a head-start on deliberations.

Monday will be the last of three special sessions organized by Mayor Anthony Foxx to find consensus on a pet project - streetcar through Uptown Charlotte.

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4:49 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Foxx Plan For City Improvements Gets Pushback In Ballantyne

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx pitching his infrastructure plan to city council in June 2012. The plan failed. Now Foxx is promoting it in town hall meetings around Charlotte.
Credit Julie Rose / WFAE

As the Charlotte City Council works to find agreement on a proposed tax increase to pay for infrastructure improvements, Mayor Anthony Foxx is pitching his preferred approach in town hall meetings across the city. Thursday night, he ventured into unfriendly territory at the Ballantyne Hotel where a crowd of about 100 challenged his proposal. 

Mayor Foxx was about 30 minutes into his presentation explaining the rationale for a $1 billion infrastructure plan paid for by a 3.5 cent property tax hike before he finally mentioned the piece he knew would draw fire from the group.

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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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