Charlotte City Council Gets Feedback on Transit Tax, Changing Confederate Street Names, & 4-Yr Terms

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte residents weighed in on several important issues facing the city in the new year, including a possible sales tax increase, changing Confederate street names, and moving to 4 year terms, during a meeting on Monday night.

The proposed one-cent sales tax would go toward transit projects, including the ambitious CATS Silver Line light rail running from Matthews, past Uptown, Bojangles Coliseum, and the airport.

If approved, the sales tax in Mecklenburg County would go from 7.25 percent to 8.25 percent.

Only a handful of people spoke out, most in favor of moving forward with the tax.

Council also heard feedback on proposed changes to street names, connected to slave owners or the Confederacy.

A 15-person legacy commission recommends changing nine street names, including Jefferson Davis Street, West Hill Street, and Stonewall Street.

City surveys show split results, with most people on the city website agreeing with the proposed changes, while a majority on Nextdoor disagree.

People also weighed in on a plan to move Charlotte City Council to 4 year staggered terms.

A committee recommended the change, which includes term limits, and non-partisan positions, meaning council members would not run as Democrats or Republicans.

This is something some council members have been pushing for, saying the current two-year term isn’t long enough.