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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Homeowners in Charlotte won't see property tax hikes in the next year.

That s part of the plan in Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee s budget recommendations, which he released Monday night. The total recommended budget is $2.1 billion, a 6.5 percent increase from last year.

Everyone, however, will pay more in residential fees. The average homeowner is expected to pay $2 more per month for those water, sewer and storm water service fees.

The increase will fund a significant part of whole budget, but not all of it. The fees account for about 36 percent of the city s revenue, while property taxes make up about 20 percent.

In November, a bond referendum will asking for $146 million for transportation, neighborhoods and housing diversity.

Carlee calls the budget stable and practical, and consistent with council policy.

The budget is expected to be adopted on June 9.

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