City Council Approves Budget with No Tax Hike


by WCCB Charlotte

 CHARLOTTE, NC -- Charlotte has a new budget, without a property tax hike.  But homeowners will pay some higher fees.  Monday, City Council approved the $2.1 billion budget for the upcoming year.  The vote was six to two.  The average homeowner will pay $20 more per year in water and sewer fees, and the storm water fee is going up almost $3 a year.

 "Hope we can have some long-term stability in rates so that our citizens don't have to get nickeled and dimed every year," said Councilman Kenny Smith.

The budget also includes a $0.20 transit fare increase, along with pay increases for public safety employees, and approval for a $146 million bond referendum for the November ballot.

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