City Council dumps capital plan, keeps current tax rate

City Council dumps capital plan, keeps current tax rate

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 26 at 8:29 AM

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte tax payers will not see an increase in their property tax rate thanks to the new budget passed Monday nigh by the City Council.

However the Council's vote also scraps for now all the capital improvement projects including a street car.

Mayor Anthony Foxx who supported an increase in the tax rate made one last pitch the the council members.

"I think we have a responsibility to pass a budget and do it in a way as best we can hat helps bring our community together," the Mayor said.

The capital improvement projects called for spending millions on building new police stations, road development at the airport and the street car extension.

Council member Michael Barnes again proposed a budget that would eliminate the street car but would raise the property tax rate by 2.41 cents.

"This is serious stuff and we all know that," Barnes said.

But faced with the prospect of a tax increase and limitations on project spending, the council in the end decided to support  a proposal from councilo member David Howard.

Howard's motion was for the tax rate to remain unchanged and put off all the community improvement projects at least for a year.

"This is about how we transform the full community. How do we move forward transforming those areas that have seen blight?," Howard wondered.

The vote on the Howard motion passed 7-4.

The Mayor said he was disappointed.

"But it is I think better to get the right one for this community and one we can as universally as we can, feel good about."

The Mayor asked that the council be ready to discuss a new capital improvement program at their meeting in September.

 

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