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​​​​​​​City budget updates

Upcoming budget workshops

Budget straw vote
Tuesday, May 26, 3-​6 p.m.
Room 267, Government Center

Council scenario packet

May 26 Straw Votes packet

Budget adoption
Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m.
Council Chamber, Government Center

Watch meetings LIVE online and on the
GOV​ Channel, Cable 16 or digital 97-2​

Related documents

May 26, 2015


Council scenario packet
May 26 Straw Votes packet

​May 18, 2015

Workshop agenda
Council budget workshop materialsCity Council Budget workshop materials
district attorney memoDistrict Attorney memo
user fees presentationUser fees presentation

​​May 13, 2015

Media statement from Ron Carlee regarding additional budget recommendation​​
Revised tax/fee proposal from​ City Manager
Answ​ers to questions from Council to Manager during​ May 6 workshop

May 6, 2015 budget workshop
​​Workshop agenda package

May 4, 2015 manager's recommendations
City Manager's recommended budget presentation
Full recommended budget book
Recommended budget overview
FY16 pay and benefits recommendation

News release for May 4 budget workshop

April 17, 2015 budget workshop
Workshop agenda package
Answers to questions from City Council to the City Manager

April 8, 2015 budget workshop
Workshop agenda package
Revised agenda
General fund presentation
Financial partner funding considerations
Community Investment Plan - potential adjustments and additions

​March 26, 2015 budget committee meeting
Committee agenda package

March 17, 2015 budget workshop
Workshop agenda package

​March 19, 2015 budget committee meeting
Committee agenda package

March 5, 2015 budget committee meeting
Committee agenda package

February 25, 2015 budget committee meeting
Committee agenda package
Storm Water Services presentation - summary of key issues
Charlotte Water presentation - summary of key issues

February 9, 2015 budget committee meeting
Committee agenda package

January 15, 2015 budget committee meeting
Committee agenda package 



 Budget-related videos

May 13, 2015 - The Mayor and City Council discussed the city manager's budget recommendations, include a new recommendation to eliminate the $24 multifamily solid waste fee. 

Full recording of the May 13 budget adjustments workshop

May 6, 2015 - The Mayor and City Council discussed the city manager's budget recommendations. Council asked questions, which will help structure the next workshop on Wednesday, May 13. Learn more about the city manager's budget recommendations here. 


May 4, 2015 - Randy Harrington and Kim Eagle of the City's Management & Financial Services Department explain the City Manager's recommended budget and its impact on residents.



Full recording of the May 4 budget presentation

April 17, 2015 - Council Members Vi Lyles and Al Austin share highlights of the budget workshop.​


Full recording of the April 17 budget workshop 

​March 27, 2015 - Charlotte City Council ​met with Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor Ken Joyner to discuss the budget implications of the 2011 revaluation review of commercial properties.


FY2016 budget FAQs

Why are you proposing a tax increase?

​A modest tax increase is being proposed as just one of the several strategic budget adjustments needed to help close the $21.7 million dollar budget gap.  For homes below $267,000, (approximately 80% of homes) the adjusted tax rate results is a decrease to the property tax bill.   

How will the property tax increase work?

The property tax increase is comprised of three components that together total to a 1.76 cent property tax rate adjustment (per $100 valuation): 

  • ​0.99¢ is added to convert the $47 per year single-family residential Solid Waste fee to a property tax equivalent rate that will generate the same level of revenue. 
  • 0.36¢ is added to cover increased costs associated with residential recycling, multi-family refuse collection and increased maintenance for Solid Waste Services collection trucks.
  • 0.41¢ is added as the adjusted "revenue neutral" tax rate that would have been included in the FY2012 budget had the revaluation been correct.  

The proposed recommendations call for an increase in user fees. What are user fees?

​User fees are fees paid to the City by those users who need specialized services such as construction project plan review and inspections. New user fees proposed will cover inspections for fire, historic district review fees and plan fees.  The cost of providing user fees services is currently 16.7 percent subsidized by the General Fund property tax payers, and that subsidy is reduced to 6.2 percent in the FY2016 Recommended Budget.   ​​​​​

Are fees increasing for Storm Water and Charlotte Water? And if so, by how much?

​Storm Water Services

61 percent of Storm Water Service customers will see no change in their monthly bill.  For the 29 percent of residential customers in Tier Three, the monthly variable rate fee will increase $3.91 per month.  For the 10 percent of customers Tier Four, the monthly fee will increase $11.78.

Charlotte Water

Water and sewer rates will increase $1.55 per month for the typical user. The rate increase reflects changing economic and regulatory conditions such as new state laws and Clean Water Act requirements.

Why is additional staff being recommended under enterprise funds and capital investments? Where will these people be added?
The enterprise funds generate their own revenues; they are not supported by property taxes. Increased service demands created by a growing and vibrant community coupled with a changing regulatory environment drive the need for more resources in enterprise departments.
  • ​Aviation will add 49 positions in business services, building maintenance and security.
  • Charlotte Area Transit System adds 35 positions for maintenance, start-up and testing of new rail cars for the Blue Line Extension Project.
  • Storm Water Services position count increases by 16 to address the growing backlog of capital maintenance projects
  • Charlotte Water's budget includes an additional 22.25 positions to respond to the regulatory environment and increased water and sewer service demand

  • To implement the expanded Community Investment Plan program, as approved by the citizens in the 2014 bond referendum, nine positions will be added and funded by the capital program (bonds).

  • Within the General Fund, there is a net reduction of 100.75 positions that were already frozen or vacant.​

Why is staff getting any compensation adjustment during this budget shortfall?

​Market data indicates that other public and private organizations plan to offer a 3 percent average pay adjustment in 2015. Due to the budget shortfall, the City will not be able to keep up with this level. However, the City Manager has recommended a 0.75 percent market adjustment for sworn public safety staff plus 2.5 percent or 5 percent steps, and a 1.5 percent merit budget for all other employees. Though reduced, this pay plan is an essential investment in our employees and will help us recruit and retain. 

What are the next steps in the budget process?

The Mayor and City Council will review and discuss the City Manager's recommendations in work sessions over the next few weeks and heard from residents and at public hearing on May 11. See the schedule at the top of the page for upcoming workshops.