Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: City Council Vote On Landlord Fees; Early Voting; CATS Request

Oct 18, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

Early voting begins for races pretty much decided in the primary, but with the addition of the referendum on the sales tax.  There's been more blowback from protestors against the proposal for the county to garnish wages of those owing money to Medic.  New landlord fines pass city council, and CATS wants to spend $50 million to learn how much a new rail line will cost.  Details on those and other stories.

Clockwise from top left: Glenn Burkins, Qcitymetro.com; David Boraks, WFAE; Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV; Katie Peralta, CharlotteAgenda.com

Early voting started Wednesday for our local elections. Some of the races seemed to be wrapped up in the primary, but the ASC sales tax hike is up for a vote, along with the election for three school board members.

Protesters continued to denounce the proposal by Mecklenburg County to seize wages and bank accounts to pay for late ambulance bills this week. At Tuesday’s county commission meeting, activists called the proposal "inhumane," and "dangerous." We’ll discuss.

On Monday, City Council voted to fine Charlotte landlords for violations in code at their properties. The vote was an effort to raise the quality of affordable housing in the city. We’ll talk about what council members said about the issue.

CATS wants the City to spend $50 million on a design contract so the transit system can learn how much a new light rail line will cost. But council members have concerns about spending the money before they have funding to build the new Silver Line stretch.

Guests:

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of qcitymetro.com 

Katie Peralta, reporter for Charlotte Agenda

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE 

Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV reporter