Charlotte city manager's budget includes property tax increase

- Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee presented the fiscal year 2017 recommended budget on Monday to Mayor and City Council - specifically addressing public safety needs.

The recommended budget is at $636.2 million. The citywide budget totals $2.45 billion.

City officials said this year’s budget focuses on implementing the Mayor and Council’s strategic priorities, while cost-effectively providing services residents rely on daily.   

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, officials said 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, officials said. 

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.

Property tax changes and proposed fee modifications: 

City of Charlotte taxes & fees -50th Percentile

Prior Year
FY2016

Recommended
FY2017

$
Change

%
Change

Property Taxes on $141,100 home

$675.45

$681.51

$6.07

0.9%

Solid Waste fee (Residential)

$25.00

$25.00

$0.00

0.0%

Water & Sewer (Average user rate)

$701.40

$731.88

$30.48

4.3%

Storm Water (Average user rate)

$97.56

$97.56

$0.00

0.0%

Total Annual

$1,499.41

$1,535.95

$36.55

2.4%

Total Monthly

$124.95

$128.00

$3.05

2.4%

 

 

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