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Local News
7:10 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Carlee Proposes Property Tax Raise, Service Cuts To Close Budget Gap

Ron Carlee
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City Manager Ron Carlee has recommended the Charlotte City Council raise property taxes, as one part of a multi-faceted solution to deal with a budget gap larger than in any single year of the recession. But most homeowners would actually pay less, Carlee says.

State tax cuts and a county property reappraisal cost the city $30 million it expected to have for its General Fund next year, or about 5 percent.

Carlee presented City Council with a recommended budget last night that includes an array of cuts and fee increases, some relatively painless, some more onerous.

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Local News
9:21 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Expect 'Trash Talk', Service Cuts In Carlee's Proposed 2016 Budget

A handout from the Charlotte City Budget Workshop.
Credit Tom Bullock / WFAE

Despite a growing economy, the city of Charlotte is facing a $21.7 million budget gap. City leaders say it’s bigger than anything they dealt with during the great recession. Tonight, City Manager Ron Carlee will lay out his plan to fill that gap when he proposes his budget before the city council.

Some layoffs and cuts to city services seem likely. But just how much will be cut, and how many will lose their jobs may depend on trash.

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Local News
9:36 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Carlee Says Fire Department Chief Must Fix 'Culture Of Fear'

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee
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Earlier this week the city of Charlotte released what’s known as the Van Laningham report. It takes its name from the outside lawyer who investigated the firing of Crystal Eschert, an arson investigator who was officially terminated for what the city saw as an insensitive Facebook post in the aftermath of the Fergusson, Missouri riots.

Eschert says the real reason she was fired was retaliation for alerting a member of the Charlotte City Council to what Eschert saw as shoddy renovations at a Charlotte Fire Department building.

It also raises questions about how the city handled the firing of Eschert. WFAE’s Tom Bullock sat down with Charlotte City Manager, Ron Carlee, to ask about the report and what comes next.  

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Local News
9:42 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Report Finds Fear Of Retaliation And Distrust At Fire Department

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee addressing the media on Tuesday
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Last fall, Crystal Eschert became the first city employee officially fired for violating the city’s social media policy. Eschert was working as an arson investigator at the time. She believes she was fired for being a whistleblower.

Tuesday, city officials released an independent review of the incident they say proves there was no retaliation against Eschert.

But the findings of the 60-page report are nowhere near that clear cut. It’s an indictment of a culture of fear and intimidation at the Charlotte Fire Department. And raises questions about whether she was fired for cause.

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Local News
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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Local News
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Charlotte Studies Benefits, Drawbacks Of Pay-Per-Bag Trash Service

A WasteZero trash bag.
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There’s been a lot of trash talk in Charlotte recently. And no, we don’t mean college basketball. The city is studying pay-as-you-throw garbage service as a way to reduce the amount of trash we send to the landfill.


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Local News
4:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

City Stops Paying Court Costs For CMPD Officer

Officer Randall Kerrick

If you're a city employee sued by anyone while you're on the job, the city will help pay for your legal costs. That's how it usually works.

But last month, city manager Ron Carlee decided to stop paying attorney fees for Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick.That's because CMPD charged him with a crime: voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell.


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Local News
9:35 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Airport Extends...And Cancels Controversial Taxi Contract

Credit Julie Rose

Amid an FBI investigation, a city ordered review and claims that corruption was at the heart of the original process, the Charlotte airport is re-opening its controversial taxi contract.

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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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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

City Update With Charlotte's Mayor And City Manager

Mayor Dan Clodfelter
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It has been a little over a month since former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon resigned after his arrest on federal corruption charges; he still hasn’t been indicted. Since then, we've been learning more about accusations of a pay-to-play scheme involving taxi companies and the airport. We have a new mayor, Dan Clodfelter who has said that "stability" is his highest priority for the city. The city has opened its books in the ongoing federal investigation into Cannon. Fights over control of the airport continue. And it's budget time. There's a lot going on in Charlotte at a time when the city tries to re-earn the public and the business community's trust. 

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