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Local News
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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Local News
12:51 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Streetcar Still Stymies Charlotte City Council

Portland Streetcar.
Credit Charmeck.org

Charlotte City Council members Tuesday held the second of three special budget meetings scheduled before the end of the year, seeking a solution to their months-long impasse. Whether or not to include a streetcar line in the city’s near-term spending plan remains the sticking point.

The streetcar is only $119 million of a more than $900 million proposal to raise property taxes and spend the money on projects meant to spur development in struggling areas of Charlotte.

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