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City Council OK's Charlotte Budget — Including Raises For Members

Nick de la Canal

Charlotte residents won’t see a property tax hike this year, but they will see fees for water and solid waste increase.

City Council voted 10-1 Monday night for a budget that includes 50% raises for themselves and a similar pay hike for Mayor Vi Lyles. Council member Tariq Bokhari cast the only “no” vote, saying the raises for part-time council members cast the job as “a career rather than a sacrifice.”

The budget increases the city’s arts funding from $3.2 million to $6 million. That’s part of a plan for the city to take greater control over its arts money, instead of sending it to the Arts & Science Council.

It also adds $10 million to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department budget. Some of that money will go toward hiring clinicians to help police handle calls where someone is believed to have mental health issues.

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Ann Doss Helms has covered education in the Charlotte area for over 20 years, first at The Charlotte Observer and then at WFAE. Reach her at ahelms@wfae.org or 704-926-3859.