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The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is a department within the City of Charlotte and was created in 2000 after a successful public referendum in 1998 to fund future transit initiatives.  CATS receives funding for the operating and capital program from passenger fares and local, state and federal funds.

Sales Tax:

The North Carolina General Assembly passed enabling legislation in 1998 to allow the citizens of Mecklenburg County to enact a local sales tax dedicated to public transit.  In 1998, the citizens of Mecklenburg County voted by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent to enact a Half-Cent sales tax dedicated to funding public transit initiatives.  The citizens reaffirmed this dedicated tax in November 2007 by a 70 percent to 30 percent margin. 
 

Historical Sales Tax Receipts

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