CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mayor Anthony Foxx said Tuesday he was still upset that Council members choose Monday night to wait until the proposed budget vote before voicing their concerns about the $926 million plan which would have included a property tax increase of about eight percent per year for homeowners.
Council member David Howard supported the plan and the increase.
“I was surprised. We had gone through an exhaustive three or four month process looking at the budget and me and my colleagues all had the opportunity to talk about what our problems were with the budget and nothing came up. So, I was ultimately surprised,” said Howard.
Councilmember Andy Dulin said that the Mayor would have known that members were not in favor of the proposed budget had he contacted the members before the vote. Dulin was pleased that members of both parties choose to not vote for a property tax increase.
“We worked together and we came up with the idea that now is not the time for a tax increase. That was bipartisan support last night and I’m energized by it,” Dulin said.
Dulin added that he wants to make sure that police and fire are taken care of, but not at the eight percent tax hike for residents.
Foxx said the next step is working on revisions to the budget at a public workshop this Thursday.
“This is a Council discussion. The Council controls the process. The Council controls the budget. The Council makes the decision collectively,” Foxx said.
The Council has until the end of the month to finalize and approve a budget for next year.