Marcus Jones

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The city of Charlotte’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year has money for new programs – but City Manager Marcus Jones is recommending the property tax rate stay at what’s known as “revenue-neutral.”  

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Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones said Friday that he's committed to finishing the 26-mile Cross Charlotte Trail as originally envisioned, and said he will look at different pots of money - including tourism taxes - to pay for it.

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Red light cameras are back on the radar of Charlotte officials despite a recommendation from city manager Marcus Jones to not use them. But Mayor Vi Lyles and some council members want more information to justify his decision.

Erin Keever

 Tuesday, February 27, 2018

We are in a unique moment: Many of Charlotte’s top leaders are African-American. We talk with some of them - Mayor Vi Lyles, Police Chief Kerr Putney, DA Spencer Merriweather, and City Manager Marcus Jones in a special WFAE Public Conversation - "Building An Inclusive City." 

Panelists at the Charlotte Talks Public Conversation: Building An Inclusive City. From left: Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, District Attorney Spencer Merriweather, City Manager Marcus Jones and Police Chieff Kerr Putney.
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Charlotte is in a historic moment. Most of the city's top leaders are African American. The question is how they'll shape the city as it responds to economic inequality, crime and growth. WFAE tackled that question Wednesday night in a public conversation titled "Building an Inclusive City."

We’re at a historic time in Charlotte’s political leadership. The mayor, city manager, police chief and Mecklenburg County district attorney are African-American. All will be on Charlotte Talks this week for a Public Conversation broadcast entitled: Building an Inclusive City: Charlotte’s African American Leaders Share their Vision. Charlotte Talks producer Erin Keever discusses the upcoming conversation with Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry.

Charlotte skyline at dusk
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Charlotte's new city manager has released his proposed budget for the city. It calls for a 5.3 percent increase in city spending with no increase in property taxes. But residents would still pay more for water and garbage services.

The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down in south Charlotte Wednesday evening around 6:30 p.m.  A tweet published around that time said a "possible" tornado may have been developing near I-485 southwest of Charlotte, and could cross I-77 through 7 p.m.