City Budget

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The Charlotte City Council Monday night unanimously approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget grows the city’s general fund by nearly 5%, to just under $728 million.

DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

Charlotte residents will have a chance to comment Monday evening on a proposed city budget that would boost police pay and raise the property tax rate in the coming year.

It’s been 20 years since city officials updated Charlotte’s trash pickup policies. The proposed changes they are considering have many residents seeing red.

Michael Tomsic

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio recommends that the county’s property tax rate stays the same next year. Diorio released her recommended budget Thursday. Unlike the city of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County is not dealing with a significant budget hole.

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

May 5, 2015
WasteZero

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? 


Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte City Council on Monday night adopted a budget that increases the city’s spending about 7 percent without raising property taxes.

Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte city manager Ron Carlee gave taxpayers a preliminary glimpse Monday night into how the city will spend their money, and how much they will pay. Carlee presented to city council his recommendation for next year’s budget, which runs from July through next June.


Michael Tomsic

Great news for Charlotte basketball fans, but not necessarily for Charlotte taxpayers: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he’d love for the city to host an All-Star game. But he says the Charlotte Bobcats’ arena needs an upgrade first, and that’s where taxpayers come in.


James Willamor

A request for $51 million of city money to rehab the Bojangles Coliseum was a bit surprising. The city has already approved $25 million to renovate the site. This new proposal is still just that, a proposal. But it left us wondering just what this additional money would be used for.  So we turned to a real person and a talking document to find out.    


Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Charlotte is considering nearly $300 million of new spending on projects for the next fiscal year. City council members met Wednesday night to hear the proposals. 

Capital projects are physical things like runways, city parks and desk chairs. Charlotte currently has $25 million of available funding for such projects, basically wiggle room for the 2015 budget. 

Which means in order to pay for some or all of these requests, the city would likely have to raise taxes or fees or take on debt.   

Charlotte Council Approves 3.17 Cent Tax Hike

Jun 11, 2013
Julie Rose

It took a year longer than usual, but the Charlotte City Council approved a 3-cent property tax increase for capital improvement projects on Monday night.

The same plan got derailed last year because it included money to extend the streetcar. When the council passed a capital plan without the streetcar, Mayor Anthony Foxx vetoed it.  The city is now pursuing funding for the streetcar separately and the council easily passed the rest of the capital plan last night.  

Julie Rose

Charlotte's $2 billion budget for the coming year will likely be adopted Monday night, including an increase in the property tax rate of about three cents.


Manager Carlee To Present First City Budget

May 5, 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."

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. 

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. 


In State Of City Address, Foxx Pushes For Streetcar

Feb 4, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

Mayor Anthony Foxx says the city needs to focus on getting the streetcar and nearly $1 billion capital budget plan approved in order to create more economic opportunities and see Charlotte grow in the future. He spoke at the City Council chamber on Monday morning in an annual state of the city address.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department

Think about this for a moment - back in 1960, the entire city of Charlotte was just 35 square miles.  Today it's more than 300 square miles. That's a 700 percent expansion as one neighborhood after another got swallowed up through annexation.

But now, there's not much land left to annex and recent changes to state law will make future annexation much harder.  No big deal, right?  Many people think Charlotte's plenty big. What few realize is the role annexation has played in the city's budget and tax rates over the years. WFAE's Julie Rose explains.

Charlotte Ranks Third In Nation For Funding Pensions

Jan 17, 2013
Briana Duggan

Charlotte is ranked third in the nation for paying its bills on time. Not just any bills – pension bills. That's according to a new report by The Pew Charitable Trusts. They found that the country's largest cities have an unpaid tab of more than $200 billion when it comes to retirement benefits promised to employees. And it turns out Charlotte has been preparing for retirement relatively well when it comes to pension plans.  

Council Seeks To Settle Streetcar Debate Monday

Nov 23, 2012

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.

Streetcar Still Stymies Charlotte City Council

Oct 31, 2012
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.