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Local News
8:08 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Charlotte City Council Punts Back To Carlee On Budget

Ron Carlee
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Charlotte’s City Council appears no closer to a consensus on how to fill a hole in the city’s budget deeper than in any year of the recession. City Manager Ron Carlee has proposed a complex mix of expense cuts and fee increases. But a key part of his plan hinges on raising property taxes while lowering a garbage fee that homeowners pay—it’s a complex scheme that hasn’t gained traction with the city council. The council once again debated that and other parts of Carlee’s plan Monday for more than an hour without obvious progress. Mayor Dan Clodfelter called a halt.

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Local News
10:37 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Apartment Group: Carlee's Budget Unfair To Multi-Family Homes

Pat Riley spoke on behalf of the Arts and Science Council
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Monday night was an open mic night of sorts at the Charlotte City Council. It was the public’s chance to have their say on the city manager’s proposed budget. It includes an increase in property taxes and cuts to city services. 

There wasn’t a flood of angry protesters lamenting cuts to the city’s 311 service last night. In fact just eight people spoke to the council last night. The speakers broke down into one of three categories.

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Politics
7:05 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Charlotte Council Members React To Property Tax Increase Plan

The City of Charlotte lost more than $28 million from the state repeal of a business license tax and lower property value after Mecklenburg County's redo of its 2011 revaluation. With increased sales tax revenue, the upcoming budget still has a $21.7 million gap.
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Charlotte city council members expressed mixed feelings about city manager Ron Carlee’s proposal to raise property taxes as part of the solution to the upcoming budget deficit.


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Local News
5:22 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Charlotte Tosses Out 'Pay-As-You-Throw' Trash

A specially colored pay as you throw trash bag.
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Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee Monday night recommended raising property taxes as part of his plan to make up for a large city budget gap. Carlee told City Council the bump of almost 2 cents per $100 of property value would bring in enough revenue to cover the cost of Charlotte’s residential trash service. So what does that mean for the “pay-as-you-throw” trash plan under deliberation last year? 


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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.

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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.

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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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