CLT City Manager Presents New Budget Recommendations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tonight Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee presented his fiscal year (FY) 2017 recommended budget to Mayor and City Council, emphasizing a structurally balanced and sustainable budget that addresses public safety needs associated with a growing community.

The recommended FY2017 General Fund budget is balanced at $636.2 million. The citywide budget (General Fund plus all other operating and capital investment funds) totals $2.45 billion. This year’s budget focuses on implementing the Mayor and Council’s strategic priorities while cost-effectively providing services residents rely on daily.

“I believe this year’s budget recommendation is well-balanced and strategic,” said Carlee. “It meets the city’s current needs without sacrificing Charlotte’s future.”

A 0.43 cent tax rate increase is recommended to address public safety needs, enhance customer service and reflect the cost of delivering high quality services to a growing community. For public safety, this funds 75 police positions and 18 firefighters for a new ladder company in the Northlake area. The recommended tax increase, if approved, will cost 80 percent of Charlotte homeowners less than $1 per month.

The city’s enterprise funds (Aviation, Charlotte Area Transit System {CATS}, Charlotte Water and Storm Water) are balanced and recommended at levels to meet the service needs of a growing city and upward economy. Charlotte Water is recommending a rate increase of $2.54 per month for a typical user in order to sustain a high quality drinking water system and environmentally sound waste water treatment.

The following chart details the impact of both the property tax rate changes and the proposed fee modifications on the median valued City of Charlotte home:

The recommended budget also fully funds an employee compensation plan that includes a public safety pay plan and a new career path for hourly employees. In addition, starting pay for city worker s will rise to $13.58 per hour.