City's Manager Recommends Budget to City Council -

City's Manager Recommends Budget to City Council

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On Monday night, Charlotte’s City Manager presented his budget recommendations to city council.

The good news is your property taxes won’t go up but you may have to fork out some money for water and sewer fees.

City Manager Ron Carlee spent about an hour analyzing the $2 billion budget and it really focuses on 4 areas – airport, public transit, utility and storm water services.

Carlee says nearly half of the budget focuses on the city’s transportation needs.

“They have a recommendation with almost all the money going to transportation but none of it is for transit,” said Ron Carlee.

That means no service cuts but money will be used for projects near the bus stops or train stations.

“All of the transportation in the $111M bond referendum is for roads, sidewalks and infrastructure for transportation infrastructure not transit. It’ll support transportation along our Blue Line,” said Carlee.

For the general fund, there’s around $513 million – most of that’s collected through sales tax and property tax.

Carlee wants to allocate nearly 75% of this for public safety.

That’s nearly $400 million.

Nearly $130 million is slotted for the airport to keep up with the expansion and recent merger of US Airways and American Airlines – funding for this is through fees and sales tax.

More than $130 million is slated for the Utility department to provide safe water and sewer services so that means you’ll have to fork out about $2 more a month.

You can weigh in a public hearing next Monday on the budget, then city council will make some adjustments on May 14th – followed by a straw vote on May 28th.

The budget will be adopted on June 9th.

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