CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Monday marks a big day for the future of the Queen City as Charlotte's city manager presents his budget proposal for 2019.
Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones planes to present his budget proposal for next year. It's a plan of dollars and cents that could change public safety in the Queen City.
"As a citizen I want to stay safe," a resident said during a public meeting two weeks ago.
Among those closely watching will be CMPD officers. They're demanding better pay and benefits.
"If you fail to support your officers and your city then you are going to see a lot of badges turned in at property control as we leave for better options," one officer explained.
Just two weeks ago, CMPD officers packed council chambers. Right now, CMPD recruits are paid just over $43,000. Officers said they're forced to live outside city limits.
"Charlotte expects CMPD officers to be the fabric of our community, but you do not pay them enough to afford them the opportunity to raise a family here."
Back in February, the Fraternal Order of Police suggested a 15 percent raise for CMPD officers. Those who call Charlotte home and interact with police on a daily basis fear that what could happen if the new budget doesn't include a raise.
"What I am terrified of is that other cities are going to take them," a resident said.