Local News
12:26 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Property Tax Hike Included In Carlee's Budget Proposal

Credit City of Charlotte

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee wants council to approve a property tax increase to help fund a Capital Improvement Plan.

Otherwise, the budget he proposed Monday night looks  pretty much like last year's budget. It totals just just under $2 billion, or 1.5 percent above this past year. That increase accounts for an estimated rise in costs and a slight pay raise for city employees, but otherwise keeps spending the same as last year. Here’s the full breakdown:

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Local News
6:02 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

Manager Carlee To Present First City Budget

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee speaks at a WFAE Public Conversation on April 25, 2013.
Grant Baldwin Photography

New city manager Ron Carlee makes his first big mark on Charlotte Monday night when he presents his 2014 budget and capital investment plan – or CIP - to city council.  But speaking at WFAE's recent public conversation, Carlee made clear this budget won't really be his own.

"I came in on the city council's last (bugdet) workshop, which meant that four days later the budget goes into production," explained Carlee. "So there's not going to be much of my stamp on this CIP – it will be very similar to what has been out there previously."

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Local News
4:00 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

One Charlotte, Or Many? A WFAE Public Conversations Preview

It's time again for the city of Charlotte to draw up its annual budget – including a renewed push to raise property taxes for capital projects. Last year's capital investment program proved so large – and divisive – that the council and mayor couldn't agree on any plan.  They still can't. And in the interim, those divisions have proven to run deeper than city council politics.  They've shown up across Charlotte and they're the topic of a special WFAE public forum Thursday at 7 p.m. at Spirit Square. 

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Local News
9:31 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Streetcar Debate Sidelined As Council Focuses On Rest of City Budget

Charlotte City Council has begun budget deliberations for the coming year.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council learned Wednesday the price of its inaction on a capital investment plan. What they could have done last year by increasing the property tax rate 3.6 cents will now require an increase of more than 4 cents – and that doesn't even include the controversial streetcar. 

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Local News
4:17 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Charlotte 'An Incredible Surprise' To New City Manager Carlee

Charlotte's new city manager went on WFAE's Charlotte Talks Wednesday to get more specific about his views on issues the city faces – including transit and airport management. 

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Local News
9:50 am
Tue April 2, 2013

New City Manager Ready To Deal With Challenges Simultaneously

Ron Carlee was sworn in as Charlotte City Manager on Monday night.
Credit Julie Rose

It's day two on the job for Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee who was sworn in Monday night. But Carlee says he's actually been working for several weeks to get his arms around the many hot button issues facing the city right now.

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Local News
9:19 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Charlotte City Council Still Stalled Over Streetcar

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx reacts during a discussion about funding the streetcar on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Credit Julie Rose

After nearly a year of deliberations, the Charlotte City Council met Wednesday to outline a compromise plan for raising property taxes to fund capital improvement projects.  But they're still hung up over the sticking point that derailed the nearly $1 billion program last year:  the streetcar.

It really does feel like déjà vu. Even members of the city council have lost count of the special meetings they've held trying to work out their differences on whether to raise property taxes for a billion dollars worth of infrastructure and economic development projects.

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Charlotte Observer
9:53 am
Fri February 1, 2013

McCrory Warns: Streetcar Could Risk Charlotte's Light Rail

Streetcar rails on Elizabeth Avenue.
Credit File Photo / Charlotte Observer

Gov. Pat McCrory told two city of Charlotte staff members this week that state money for the light-rail extension to UNC Charlotte could be at risk if the city builds a controversial streetcar, according to a memo sent Thursday.

Without the N.C. Department of Transportation’s $250 million grant, the $1.1 billion Lynx Blue Line extension can’t be built to University City.

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Local News
4:11 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Charlotte City Council Punts On Streetcar Debate

The Charlotte City Council has, yet again, delayed a decision on raising taxes to fund capital improvements, including a streetcar extension.

The mayor convened three meetings this fall to work out a compromise. But Monday the council decided it would rather wait and tackle the tax hike plan in the spring when it's approving the rest of the city budget.

Councilman James Mitchell cited uncertainty about taxes and spending at the state and federal level in urging the delay. But Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey doubts a few more months will make a compromise more likely.  

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Local News
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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