Council members lay out new city budget proposals

Council members lay out new city budget proposals

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 12:26 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two new budget proposals are on the table from three Charlotte City Council members.

One of the proposals is led by Democrat Michael Barnes, while the second is a joint proposal from Democrats Beth Pickering and Claire Fallon.  Both call for significant cuts to the city manager's $926 million proposal.

Barnes’ plan cuts it by more than $269 million.  The Pickering-Fallon proposal cuts it by more than $256 million.

Both versions reduce project funding for affordable housing; and cut, among other projects, the streetcar extension and the south police division.

Mayor Anthony Foxx told reporter Dianne Gallagher cutting police stations is unacceptable in his book.

"I will veto any budget that cuts police stations, and maybe a few other things. I haven't had a chance to go over these proposals fully, yet," said Foxx.

Click here to read a summary of Barnes' proposal.

Click here to read a summary of Pickering and Fallon's proposal.

All of the three proposal sponsors voted against the City Manager’s budget proposal last Monday night.  Councilman John Autry, a Democrat, voted for the budget then, but did not submit a proposal by the12 p.m. deadline Monday.

"I would not expect a budget proposal from me, but there may be an effort from me and other members members of council coming," explained Autry. 

Mayor Foxx said he did not view the proposal deadline as set in stone.

"I have no problems developing another scenario or two before the week is out," said Foxx," We must pass a budget. It is the only responsible thing to do. If we don't, bad things will happen. The city could shut down."

They are legally required to pass a budget by June 30.

City Council will next meet on June 25.

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