Strategy & Budget

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good afternoon everyone i am going to go

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ahead and call our budget

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workshop to order

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we have an agenda that has been sent out

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and i believe

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the staff sent handouts earlier

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today but the q and a's came out in the

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friday packet

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so without any further ado i'm just

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going to

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ask council members because this is an

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electronic meeting

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that we go to the if wendy can go to the

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visuals of people on the screen so that

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those that are present in the room will

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introduce themselves and then we will

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go to the council members for

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introductions of here

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so we'll start with our deputy clerk

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stephanie bello deputy city clerk kelly

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flannery cfo

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ryan bergman strategy and budget marcus

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jones city manager

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donata jackson office of constituent

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services kay

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cunningham mayor's office and i'm vi

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laos and i serve as mayor for the city

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and we'll start with the mayor pro tem

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mayor pro tem julia eisel serving at

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large

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committee member and acknowledgement

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greg hoops serving at large

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braxton winston at large argan eggleston

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district one

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now from graham district two

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renee johnson district four

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good afternoon everyone matt newton

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serving district five

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car district 6. ed drake's district 7.

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so as other members join us they know

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that they are to check in

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um so that the city clerk can recognize

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when they've joined the meeting

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so with that i'm going to turn it over

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to the city manager to begin the

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workshop

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thank you mayor members of council if we

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would go back

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to the council's annual strategy meeting

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back in january i would say that we had

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set out six meetings that were

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i would call it budget related in other

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words the

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monday strategy sessions at the

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beginning of the month

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followed by the wednesday budget

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workshops

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so after today we would be two-thirds of

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the way

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through these six meetings that we're

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trying to get direction from the council

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to inform us for the fy 2022 budget

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what you have in front of you today and

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as the mayor mentioned and i

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the strategy and budget off the q and

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a's made it to you over the weekend

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and one of the pieces of feedback that

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we received last time was

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to please get the q and a's out to you

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earlier so

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i'm very thankful for the hard work of

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staff for that

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today we'll provide an update on

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key revenue and typically this happens

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after the budget is introduced and the

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mayor will turn to me and say

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are there any new updates with uh

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revenue but we figured that

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because volatility of the revenue

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sources that we would

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give you an updated eat at the beginning

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of each budget workshop

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today ryan will talk again about

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property tax

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as well as sales tax performance and

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those two

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taxes are related to the general fund

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but also kelly will give

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you an update on two taxes that are

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connected with our hospitality fund and

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that would be

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a prepared food and beverage and

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occupancy tax revenues and so

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as those graphs come up on the screen

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red is not good green is good okay

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uh and so we'll we'll do that then we'll

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have

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rodney jameson as solid weights

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services director government and and

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speak with you

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about uh the future of solid waste

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services

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as as many of you know we have the

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general fund we have our

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cip but we also have enterprise funds

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and those enterprise funds

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are typically operates by

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fees the solid waste services is

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an exception it's a hybrid part of it

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is paid for by taxes and part of it is

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paid for by thieves we've learned a lot

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during covet

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we thought it would be good to give you

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an update of where we are with solid

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waste services

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but also some changes that are on the

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horizon

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the last time we were together ryan

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talked a little bit about the americans

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with

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disabilities act facility plan today

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we'll give you

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a presentation with where we are to date

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and victoria johnson will lead that

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discussion as well as some outside

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consultants

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who have been working with us and then i

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know that

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councilman madrigs is super excited

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about having an opportunity

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to go back into the capital investment

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plan

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and have a discussion about priorities

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as we discussed

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at the last budget workshop this is the

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beginning of a series of

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bond cycles that in the past

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as we started those we would begin with

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a tax increase to fund

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future bond cycles this is very

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different in that we have

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a steady state with capacities out there

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that does not assume

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any property tax increase

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and before we talk about stormwater

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and the border budget outlook and as mr

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drake said on monday

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this is a good news story in terms of

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where we are

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in these two enterprise funds

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if you will we will have one follow-up

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that deals with arts and culture and

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tracy dodson

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will be the staff resource on that

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discussion

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there was a preliminary discussion on

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monday

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and eventually our goal as staff

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is to get a nod from the council to move

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forward

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with the examination of the proposal

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from the ad hoc committee

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so with that said mayor unless you have

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questions

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of me we would be ready to go into item

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which are updates on key brevity

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before we go into the next step

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any questions we'll go right to mr

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bergman

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good afternoon everybody uh i'm like the

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manager said i'm gonna talk a little bit

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about

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property tax and sales tax and then i'm

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gonna turn it over to our cfo who's

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gonna talk about the hospitality taxes

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uh fortunately uh the two slides i'll

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show on the general fund revenues are

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both

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good news stories and then occupancy

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taxes are a little bit more mixed

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but if we can go to the next slide

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so last last budget workshop

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i showed a slide that was like this

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through january

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and what it showed is that we were

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trailing a little bit

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where we were the prior year in property

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tax collection rate

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we've received good news this month from

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our county tax collector

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we're actually a little bit ahead of

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where we were last year

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so with this information where we're

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already almost to 98

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i think it's fair to say that some of

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the concerns that we had with the

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property tax collection rate this year

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did not materialize we ended last year

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at 98.9

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we plan in the budget to be at 99

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percent

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currently so that's always our target

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and as we evaluate this we'll keep

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getting more information from the county

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but this is certainly good news and may

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put us on a track towards

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maintaining where we are currently which

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is 99 percent

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if we go to the next slide

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i circled the the only update that

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you've uh that you haven't seen since

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last time

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the slide set up the same way as i've

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shown the last few times

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we received one more month of

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information it was 2.7 percent

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higher than fy20 levels uh pre-pandemic

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levels

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uh so this really tells the story uh

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just like some of the

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state revenue information you may have

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heard about sales tax overall in north

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carolina did not experience

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the the declines that were feared

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so this is uh good news for us with

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budget planning uh it doesn't change uh

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dramatically where we were last month

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but it's certainly a good news story

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going forward i would point out on the

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slide january of 21

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which i know has already happened but we

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get this information a few months

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in arrears you'll see that we are we

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would then be starting to project

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being back to fy20 levels so

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uh while we do think that will happen we

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probably won't be running way ahead of

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our projections

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once we get into january and february

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and so with that i will turn it over to

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our cfo

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hey wendy can you thanks if you remember

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back in april of 2020 when we were

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making revenue projections for the

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hospitality tax revenues

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there was a lot of uncertainty around

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the duration of the pandemic vaccination

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plans in the pace of a recovery

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economists in the rating agencies all

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had varying assumptions and at that time

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we married mirrored models that

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suggested hospitality leisure and travel

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based tax revenues would fall by up to

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85 percent

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of prior year levels through the

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mid-summer of 2020

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and then begin a gradual return to the

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historical norms into the spring of

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2021.

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as you can see this approach was on

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budget through the summer into the fall

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in fact in october for prepared food and

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beverage revenues were only four percent

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below 2019 pre-pandemic revenue levels

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in december we did see revenues fall

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below projections which was likely due

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to the second wave and restrictions

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but through january the food and

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beverage tax revenues are 11 percent

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above the year-to-date projections

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as restrictions continue to be lifted

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and vaccine rollout has become more

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aggressive we are optimistic that the

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food and beverage revenues

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for the remainder of the fiscal year

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will continue to outpace budget

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projections

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next slide so that that was the good

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news

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the occupancy tax revenues are a little

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less optimistic

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as i mentioned in april we projected

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travel restrictions to impact hotel

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business through mid-summer

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and experience rebound beginning in july

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increasing throughout the remainder of

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the fiscal year

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and as you can see that experience was

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more or less on target throughout the

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fall

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however beginning in november began not

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to realize the budget expectations which

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was

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likely due to the second wave and

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restrictions in people's resistance to

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travel

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through january occupancy tax revenues

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are 34

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below the year-to-date budget

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projections the good news

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is that due to the manager and this

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council's commitment to financial

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stability

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we have in place the financial policies

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on these funds

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that have prepared us for this type of

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crisis well we expect we will likely

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have to utilize additional fund balance

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to balance fy21

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we do have available fund balance to

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fulfill our fy21 commitments and to

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maintain the 100

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next year's debt service reserve policy

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we continue to monitor these revenue

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sources frequently we're working with

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partners at crva

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and in the travel and aviation

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industries to develop forecasts

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for fy22 to ensure we can continue to

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maintain the financial metrics

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that have allowed us to maintain a

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triple-a rating for the last 43 years

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questions are there questions from the

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council on the revenue

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update mr drakes mr driggs

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yes thank you i'm wondering how uh

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these these numbers affect the kind of

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outlook for capital spending

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from the hospitality funds

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this bannery thanks so for 21 all

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commitments that we have so that

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includes existing debt

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and the only capital project we have

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currently underway is the convention

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center

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we expect to be able to make all of the

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21 commitments as well as 22

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debt service requirements will be met

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beyond that we don't have any

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um out of the norm capital expenses so

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we're in good shape for the remainder of

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fy21

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but the uh the capital plan that none of

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us knows that much about are we having

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to kind of reschedule that at all

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so the there are some commitments that

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we make to crva and building maintenance

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and

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some assumptions around what we think

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the increase will be every year

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i think it's too soon to tell for 2022

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what kind of cuts that might require not

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just a capital

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but to contributions throughout the fund

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i think we're optimistic and hopeful

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that the restrictions that were lifted

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last week

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we can experience a rebound and maybe

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that in a mix of any

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available stimulus funds that might be

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able to provide some relief to these

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funds uh right and i guess we'll hear

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more about stimulus funds but thank you

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so i think that mr drake's point on the

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longer term beyond where

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we are and what we've committed to do

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will be continuously monitored

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and adjusted even at in 2022

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so while we feel comfortable the

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projections that will be

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always something to keep our eye on any

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other questions

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hearing no further questions why don't

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we move right into the next topic

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thank you mayor members of council as

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rodney jameson makes his

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way uh into a 267. again typically

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we would have an update that relates to

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solid waste services and many times it's

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it's the fee right what would be the

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increase

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in the fee what rodney wants to do

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we'll do today is tell you a little bit

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of a story about what we have been doing

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with our stellar staff and solid waste

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services that we're very

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proud of and some challenges that we

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have in the short term

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and lessons we've learned from covet and

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some changes

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that we are going to put in place

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thanks rodney thank you thank you good

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afternoon mayor council

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rodney jameson director of solid waste

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services

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thank you for having me well let's talk

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trash here

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so many people never need police fire

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medic their entire lives

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but cannot go a week without needing

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seeing needing to see their garbage

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collector

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that truly shows how essential and

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important the service we provide to our

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residents are

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as you all know cover 19 has introduced

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many challenges and changes to how we

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provide service

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they first let me make sure this

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doohickey works for me

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huh

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gotcha all right i'm in business now

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apologize

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um cover 19 presented uh extreme

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difficulties and challenges for solid

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weight services

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so in the meantime and throughout cover

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19 we uh

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wanted to distract ourselves and our

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staff and

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in dealing with the turmoil happening in

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people's lives

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so solid way services wanted to continue

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to prepare our individuals for their

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next phase in life in the future

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we did that through our employee and

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community upward mobility programs

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we have an internal career pathways

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process that starts from

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our temporary good works agency all the

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way through supervisory leadership

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training

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throughout over 19 we had approximately

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14 employees that gained their cdls

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through our in-house cdl training

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program and a total of 43

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internal promotions throughout the uh

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kovit

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we funded and supported the city-wide

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high set ged

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program so far we have three individuals

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that

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graduated with within covet that was a

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virtual sessions

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we have partnered with outside agencies

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to reintroduce employees

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with barriers to the workforce we have

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continued virtual

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financial literacy workshops soft skill

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coaching and resume writing sessions

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so we've been pretty busy we've also

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instituted our own

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food pantry within solid waste services

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to to provide for our staff and their

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families and we we titled it some

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and that is means so others may eat

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so um it's been pretty successful and

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worthwhile

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uh we have a pretty resilient staff

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we've been been doing great

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um cove like we stated presented many

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challenges so our staff

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was able to continue providing services

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to our residents

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but we had to make many enhancements and

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put them in place

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we had to ramp up on our personal

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protective equipment we brought in a

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vendor for daily truck sanitation

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sanitizing we installed clear physical

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barriers

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in our dual occupancy real orders we had

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to reduce the size

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of our crews from three to two um and

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and to take the brunt of the load or to

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assist with that we actually also use

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cash funding to uh bring in contractors

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and private haulers

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uh to assist in the collections um and

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then we continue today

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to provide automation training for

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cross-training uh individuals

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for single occupied vehicles

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now all the services that we provide

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right

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we continued to provide these services

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throughout covent

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we provide garbage collection weekly

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recycling bi-weekly weekly unlimited

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yard waste

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collection and then unlimited bulky

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collection

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by appointment we also provide

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many other services from city maintained

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right away

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litter picking street sweeping dead

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animal collection small business garbage

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collection

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and we also maintain the cats platforms

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and like

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lines as far as providing them with

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service

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so as you see we're pretty busy now

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on the slide you'll see a photo of a

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real loader on the left and that's

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us manually loading the back of that

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rear loader on the right hand side you

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see the automated side loader which um

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that side loader only needs one driver

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and occupant

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to service and that's what we use for

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our garbage

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reason for showing this also is if you

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fast forward from when

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kovitt was introduced to the operation

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um july 2020

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we lost a family member in a tragic

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accident and solid waste services

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osha was called in to conduct a full

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investigation

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we were not cited for that situation but

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in their investigation they made strong

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recommendations

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and one of the strongest recommendations

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was us to look at a side

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load of automation study and conduct one

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so we are in the process of doing that

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now

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in doing this this may show us that we

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can reduce

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injury workers compensations claims and

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insurance premiums

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we've already started to move in a

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automated direction

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we've already moved started the process

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and converted our small business garbage

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customers

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to side loader automation versus

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manually collection

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yard waste is one of our services that

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is still serviced manually by real

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loaders

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the cart this chart right here shows the

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difference in our workers compensation

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claims for

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a manual operation of yard waste

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and versus the automated collection of

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garbage

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and you can see the distinct difference

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there

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now how can we get there ways to improve

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worker safety so these are options here

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that are on the table that we've been

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looking at

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and i'd like to share them with you so

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strategies to make to improve worker

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safety

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the first approach could be to convert

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to paper biodegradable bags

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then we can look at making limits to the

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amount of yard waste collected per stop

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and maybe further down the line we can

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look at introducing automated service

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with yard waste bins to the process

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in utilization of the com compostable

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paper bags it provides many

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benefits for us but number one um

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mecklenburg county compost facility

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doesn't accept plastic bags for us

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so we have our workers and employees

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out here walking around with blades and

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knives because they have to bust

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open cut open plastic bags dump them in

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the back of the manual reel loader

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and that is extremely dangerous for us

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for for us to be doing

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paper bags is also a benefit to our

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environment it takes plastic

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over 10 years to decompose and then

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further down the line if we introduce

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bids this also works in conjunction with

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the bed operation

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here is an example of a manageable pile

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for

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solid waste services we're looking at

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something that's

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eight feet wide four feet high four feet

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long

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um and and probably the size of a

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refrigerator laid on its back the

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typical refrigerator laid on his back so

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that's a manageable pile especially

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being that we have now only two uh

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two individuals on a truck

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converting to bins for yard waste can

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improve operational efficiency

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it could definitely reduce the risk of

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coming in contact with snakes and

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rodents and insects that wander into the

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piles overnight

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and then the challenges and possible

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disadvantages of

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actually going to this is the transition

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to bins itself

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space limitations for our residents as

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well as the capital investments

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as our city continues to grow we always

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look for

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look at other municipalities and the

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services they provide and at what cost

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this slide right here just pretty much

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provides um

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and shows that most municipalities in

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the state of north carolina

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have either a cart based program limits

28:10

for yard waste or additional fees to

28:12

provide services

28:17

from this point i will pass it over to

28:20

uh mr ryan bergman to

28:21

discuss cost model analysis and fees

28:25

thanks rodney um the the budget office

28:27

and solid waste have had a really good

28:29

relationship the last couple of years

28:31

to the point that we actually assign our

28:34

new analysts to solid waste typically

28:36

because solid waste has such a strong

28:38

management team such strong financial

28:40

management

28:41

that it's really good exposure and i

28:43

only mentioned that because these next

28:44

two slides were

28:45

a combination of work between the the

28:48

two departments

28:49

and i wanted to provide the council a

28:51

little bit of analysis and benchmarking

28:54

so this first slide what this shows is

28:57

our solid waste fee

28:58

as it currently is we generate about 24

29:01

million dollars in revenue

29:03

as the manager mentioned we have kind of

29:05

a hybrid system

29:07

where we are primarily supporting

29:10

solid waste with property taxes but the

29:12

fee revenue does support some of the

29:14

costs

29:15

if you look at the actual fee ordinance

29:18

it is not specific

29:20

about what the fee is paying for it is

29:23

just generally

29:24

paying to help support solidworks serv

29:26

solid waste services

29:28

so what you see on the screen is our

29:30

attempt to break down the different

29:32

services

29:33

that solid waste offers and the actual

29:36

cost

29:37

so this is inclusive of things such as

29:39

trucks

29:40

and inclusive inclusive of things such

29:42

as management

29:44

and what you'll see is that with about

29:46

65 million dollars in services

29:49

we recover about 24 million from the fee

29:52

so that's about 37 of costs currently

29:55

that are recovered so uh while this

29:58

probably isn't uh something we would

30:00

consider this year

30:01

long term it may be in the interest of

30:04

city council to identify a target

30:06

for what that split should look like uh

30:08

should it be covering garbage collection

30:10

should it be covering everything but

30:12

garbage collections

30:13

should it be covering 50 of costs like i

30:16

said this is probably not an fy 22

30:18

discussion

30:19

but i feel it's important context for

30:21

you to understand the services that we

30:22

provide

30:24

if we can go to the next slide and it

30:27

wouldn't be a budget workshop

30:28

presentation if i didn't

30:29

show you a super complicated slide that

30:32

i had to explain so

30:33

i apologize for that but i think it's uh

30:36

relevant for you to understand the

30:39

services we provided as rodney mentioned

30:42

currently we provide excellent service

30:44

in every area without limits

30:47

and so i wanted to compare us in our

30:49

solid waste fee

30:51

to the 10 next biggest cities and towns

30:53

in north carolina

30:54

so it's the same list that you saw on

30:56

rodney's other slide a couple of minutes

30:58

ago

30:59

what you'll see if you just look on the

31:00

left and this does include county solid

31:02

waste fees as well

31:04

we are well below the median we have a

31:06

67

31:07

city fee that's annual and we have a 40

31:10

county fee

31:12

so we are the fifth lowest there but

31:14

what is also important

31:16

is if you look on the right what that is

31:18

is the combined

31:20

city and county property tax rate you'll

31:22

see that

31:24

the red dots on the left are the same

31:28

re cities that are the red dots on the

31:30

right so you'll see that

31:32

everybody else who provides a lower fee

31:35

than us has a significantly higher

31:38

property tax rate so it's kind of a

31:40

trade-off

31:41

if you actually did the analysis overall

31:43

charlotte actually comes out ahead on

31:45

immediate home value

31:48

and so with that i know there's a lot of

31:50

information i'll turn it back to rodney

31:51

and any questions you may have

31:54

all right we have several council

31:57

members that have questions

31:59

before we go on to that rodney i um

32:02

mr jameson i would like to say thank you

32:05

when we have career employees

32:09

that are able to participate in in-house

32:12

training

32:13

that's not just around work but around

32:16

quality of life

32:17

that is so commendable and i just want

32:21

to say thank you for the leadership

32:22

and thank you for what you're doing

32:24

there we don't think about food pantries

32:27

a lot in this community and our own

32:30

organization

32:31

but i know that there are many people

32:34

that work

32:35

in your area that have

32:38

family friends and areas

32:43

and i just want to say thank you um for

32:45

what you do

32:46

and with that i'm going to ask and we're

32:48

going to begin with questions and mr

32:50

driggs

32:52

thank you mayor i wanted to note we used

32:55

to talk about the fee

32:56

portion as a tipping fee is what it was

32:59

referred to

33:00

and it was kind of pointed to in the

33:02

context of the cost to us

33:04

of uh tipping on

33:07

county owned waste disposal sites

33:11

so when you say there is no

33:14

uh you know historically there is a

33:18

basis for that fee

33:19

and we've gotten away from that to the

33:20

point where there is a general policy

33:23

question

33:24

and the mayor and others will recall

33:26

that we've had this conversation in the

33:27

past

33:28

about what the mix should be of the fee

33:31

versus the portion that is covered by

33:33

uh property taxes the real issue about

33:37

that is

33:37

incidents like you need to calculate uh

33:40

exactly

33:41

where that cost lands depending on what

33:43

makes you choose

33:45

but i would just make the general

33:46

comment that i think this is a policy

33:49

question so i don't believe as your

33:51

budget chair that we should be trying to

33:53

answer these questions

33:54

in in the course of the budget process

33:57

and therefore mr bergman i appreciate

33:58

your comment that this is something we

34:00

will want to take up later

34:02

uh i hope in the current budget cycle we

34:04

can be sensitive to the issues that were

34:06

pointed out to us about needs for change

34:08

in the equipment

34:09

and safety of employees but

34:13

i really want to have the conversation

34:15

about the mix of fees

34:16

and tax funding somewhere else and as

34:19

you point out

34:20

there is a there's a spread people have

34:22

arrived at different conclusions where

34:24

the property tax rates are higher and

34:25

the fees are lower and vice versa

34:28

we haven't really had in my time on

34:30

council

34:31

a a unintentional conversation about

34:33

what that

34:34

is but i do want to make clear we are

34:37

departing entirely now

34:38

from the history of associating those

34:40

fees with tipping fees

34:42

thank you i would hope that that's not

34:44

the intent of what you were trying to do

34:46

but to point out the same i think

34:47

i think that mr driggs is making the

34:49

same point that you were making mr

34:51

bergman so

34:52

it shouldn't be in the context of the

34:54

budget it should be in the context of

34:56

what i believe

34:57

is a county-wide solid waste plan that

34:59

is has to be updated and

35:01

if i recall correctly i'm not sure how

35:04

old the plan

35:04

is that we have now but the plan

35:06

includes issues that

35:08

are not just financial but capacity

35:13

and methodology and so in a large part i

35:16

think it

35:16

is mr drake's point is that if we have a

35:19

solid waste plan

35:20

we should do that as a plan for the

35:22

overall service

35:24

it's a big deal if we're going to meet

35:26

some of our goals

35:27

for client for our c app if we're going

35:30

to

35:31

continue to attract the employees the

35:34

quality of

35:34

employees and utilize the equipment

35:36

there are lots of factors that go into

35:38

this and so

35:39

thanks very much to mr driggs and mr

35:41

bergman for that

35:42

um ideas of what do we do

35:46

and when do we do it and when the solid

35:48

waste plan comes up

35:50

and that was my point mayor thank you

35:51

appreciate it yes thank you

35:53

miss hamira yes thank you madam mayor

35:57

um so for the

36:01

uh this question is for a solid waste

36:04

director

36:06

does this automated loader system does

36:09

it require

36:09

cdl license yes the automated truck

36:13

it does require a cdl license

36:16

so is the plan uh is the plan

36:20

is i guess what is the plan to sort of

36:22

train and tell our workforce development

36:24

to transition to this new model

36:27

uh because that will require everyone

36:30

get cdl

36:31

isn't isn't that the case well we have

36:34

drivers it requires a cdl for the rear

36:36

loader as well

36:38

the real little truck so it was just be

36:40

training for specialized equipment

36:44

gary so do you see any workforce impact

36:47

as a result of this automation

36:49

no actually i see some growth for our

36:51

staff because uh that's a different uh

36:55

pay rate for an individual so i actually

36:58

see uh

36:59

upper mobility going in this direction

37:03

that's good to hear um also when

37:06

mr burkman when he brings this

37:09

conversation about the policy

37:13

and overall fees

37:16

and property tax i would be interested

37:19

in seeing if

37:20

other cities in north carolina if they

37:23

have their own enterprise fund

37:24

for solid waste services and

37:28

also what is the county's model like uh

37:32

has i know they're also having

37:34

conversations about

37:37

solid waste and how would that

37:42

if there is any change in terms of um

37:45

fees for this year's budget from the

37:47

county

37:49

thanks all right thank you miss

37:52

massage mirror mr phipps

37:56

uh thank you madam man i have several

37:57

questions i guess

37:59

mr jameson uh

38:03

it looks as here i'm trying to figure

38:06

out how sustainable

38:07

is some of our practices on a go-forward

38:10

basis

38:10

it looks like we're gonna have to make

38:11

some adjustments when you do come up

38:13

with a

38:14

solid lace waste plan but how

38:17

sustainable

38:18

our recycling efforts right now i

38:21

understand that uh

38:22

overall across the country recycling

38:26

uh the percentage of recycling

38:29

items uh being recycled is very

38:33

low and and that most of recycled

38:35

materials end up

38:36

in the solid waste stream how would you

38:39

describe

38:40

charlotte's recycling efforts right now

38:44

i mean are we is the public being given

38:46

a false sense of

38:48

environmental uh uh due diligence

38:52

in as much as we recycle on a bi-weekly

38:55

basis but

38:56

how much does that re of our recyclables

38:59

are being

39:00

processed in a manner that we expect

39:04

all right um recycling is actually um

39:08

it's in a a decent place for our

39:11

residents right now

39:13

but we have some work to do so we we

39:15

continue to educate

39:17

uh residents and we we're putting

39:19

together focus groups

39:20

to focus on particular items for

39:23

recycling so we can kind of focus on

39:25

what

39:25

can be recycled and what is being reused

39:29

versus just throwing everything in the

39:31

trash

39:32

so i think we're going and can

39:35

do a lot better and we'll continue to

39:37

move forward with that and educating our

39:39

residents so we're working on

39:41

dual activities with the county as well

39:43

as um

39:44

our efforts and education

39:47

mr jones okay so about the next question

39:50

before mr mr mr jones wanted to comment

39:54

on your question as well okay

39:56

thank you so thank you mr phipps we've

39:59

had this uh

40:00

conversation in the past and this time i

40:02

won't bring my wife into it in her

40:04

recycling habits

40:06

um one of the things that it's very

40:08

important

40:10

is to have a clean stream of materials

40:14

so as rodney was speaking in this

40:17

educational piece

40:18

there is an opportunity perhaps for us

40:22

to be more innovative

40:24

in what we what what is recycled

40:27

right and how we do it and and we are

40:31

having partnerships with envision

40:32

charlotte

40:33

to find different ways of innovation

40:36

around recycled materials but it has

40:40

been tough

40:41

because as you know what happened in

40:43

china and what's happened across the

40:44

world

40:45

in terms of what is received or what can

40:49

be used in terms of recycling so we're

40:51

very aware of that

40:54

okay mister okay yeah

40:57

uh uh uh moving on at the last budget

41:00

workshop we did have a quote from our

41:02

mayor i don't know she might remember it

41:03

or not but she did say

41:05

that the citizens of charlotte like to

41:07

litter

41:08

so to that to that point

41:12

how much funding is devoted to

41:14

right-of-way

41:15

litter cleanup right now uh unless you

41:19

live in this in the central business

41:20

district where things seem to be

41:22

uh you know pretty much litter free

41:24

other areas of charlotte that i've

41:26

noticed

41:27

is just terribly trashy and um

41:32

do you have any any any comments on that

41:34

i mean uh

41:35

do we have any any hope that we can

41:38

devote any

41:39

any any more budgeted funds for a litter

41:41

pickup because that's where a lot of

41:43

our uh constituents complaints come from

41:47

when they look at litter

41:49

and of course litter doesn't

41:50

differentiate if it's a city street or a

41:52

state

41:53

road or not but can you help us out on

41:56

that litter front

41:58

yes yes we can litter is a concern a

42:00

huge concern of

42:01

ours we have partnered um with some

42:04

agencies

42:05

to assist but it has been very difficult

42:08

to keep

42:09

up with i mean especially with the state

42:11

streets

42:12

we can clean a street today and tomorrow

42:15

it is littered again

42:17

and we just don't have the resources to

42:19

actually touch the street

42:20

every week but we do our best and bring

42:23

in

42:24

we encourage people to actually adopt

42:26

streaks and assist us we look for help

42:28

across the city

42:29

to provide that assistance we'll come

42:31

pick up the bags if you actually

42:33

just put some garbage in them and place

42:34

them in an area that we can get to

42:36

um but we look for assistance but we can

42:38

get back with you with numbers

42:40

exactly numbers of what we use and spend

42:43

for a little cleanup

42:45

and my final question is uh with regards

42:49

mr phipps can i ask a question about

42:51

litter

42:52

has how has culvert impacted the um

42:55

litter

42:56

is there is there a significant

42:58

difference since covet 19

43:00

and um in prior year history

43:03

what what if we were coming out as we

43:06

were coming out not if

43:07

as we are coming out of this pandemic

43:09

are there things rodney that you could

43:11

help us

43:12

think about doing and go back to doing

43:16

because i just thought that it seems to

43:18

me it has been worse this past year and

43:20

so

43:21

any comment on that it has um and

43:24

and i can we can just use covet

43:27

for a reason but also there's a lot of

43:28

individuals moving to the city of

43:30

charlotte

43:31

and the traffic and the passer buyers

43:34

and mobile

43:35

um arena they're just tossing a lot out

43:38

of their

43:38

vehicles and

43:41

it's causing a lot of challenges so

43:44

things that we can do differently

43:46

is just get more people involved

43:49

enforcement of some sort

43:53

to clean these the areas in the city of

43:55

charlotte

43:56

it might be really good to get our keep

43:58

charlotte beautiful committee

44:00

to send us something that they think

44:02

that would work

44:03

and ask for their feedback because these

44:05

are people really committed to what

44:06

we're doing coming out of the pandemic

44:08

what would they like to see us do

44:10

and and and participate and accomplish

44:13

mr phipps sorry thank you for allowing

44:15

me that time

44:17

yeah my my final question on this topic

44:20

is

44:20

uh relates to the yard uh uh

44:24

pick up yard waste pickup um

44:27

what's what's stopping paper bag usage

44:31

now in terms of things for like leaf

44:34

collection and such a lot of residents

44:38

use plastic i think it's easier

44:40

convenient easier to fill

44:42

but a lot of people are using plastic

44:45

bags to put their their leaves in

44:49

so it would just take a act of actually

44:52

transitioning

44:53

people's people into using paper bags

44:58

but is there a movement afoot to do just

45:00

that because you said you got to cut the

45:02

uh uh

45:04

the blade cutters and such and you know

45:06

i guess people spending money on the on

45:08

their plastic bags and you're cutting

45:10

them and but

45:11

those plastic bags end up in a container

45:13

that you all have

45:14

on the truck right so they're not

45:18

is cool it seems like it's a very

45:19

inefficient uh process there

45:22

so mr phipps uh nothing's stopping us

45:25

as a matter of fact that's why we're

45:27

talking with you today

45:29

this is a very logical step forward

45:33

with that said there takes a bit of

45:35

education

45:36

for our residents that there is going to

45:40

be a change

45:41

but for every reason that rodney said

45:43

earlier just from the safety of our

45:44

employees to

45:46

our environment this is a no-brainer

45:49

and we intend to move forward with this

45:53

conversion

45:56

thank you very much okay

46:00

mayor pro tem thank you madam mayor and

46:04

uh thank you mr jamison i'm glad to hear

46:05

that we're moving forward with the um

46:08

with bags instead of the plastic i i

46:10

want to ask a question about

46:12

um you had mentioned that perhaps you're

46:15

going to have to limit the amount of

46:16

yard waste

46:17

and with regards to that or recycling

46:21

i remember uh representative john autry

46:23

who

46:24

used to be on council would bring up the

46:28

idea of pay as you throw is that

46:30

something that

46:31

um especially for yard waste is that

46:34

something that has been considered

46:37

i know it would require other equipment

46:40

yes it has been looked into

46:42

um but the way our fees are structured

46:45

it would be um

46:46

problematic at this time but maybe

46:48

something in the future

46:49

we can talk about you want to add that

46:51

to the solid waste plan list

46:53

yes okay i just know i just wondered

46:56

because i know you'd have to have

46:57

special equipment that

46:59

can weigh it and whatnot but i wonder if

47:01

it's a consideration

47:02

and then i'll just also mention i've

47:04

noticed a

47:06

big difference in the level of service

47:08

from your team so i just want to thank

47:10

them

47:10

for um maybe all this internal training

47:13

you're doing

47:14

is really paying off but i've noticed

47:16

them being a lot more courteous and

47:19

and friendlier when you wave at them on

47:20

the street or talk to them

47:22

and um the bins are you know back where

47:25

they

47:26

started instead of in the middle of the

47:27

street after they've been collected so i

47:29

do appreciate the

47:30

the improvement and level of service

47:32

from uh from the team

47:34

thank you thank you all right

47:37

um thank you mayor pro tem ms johnson

47:40

you're recognized

47:45

thank you mayor i wanted to piggyback

47:47

off my predecessor

47:48

councilmember phipps in district four we

47:51

have a lot

47:52

of state-owned roads like primarily it

47:55

seems

47:56

so i wanted to get some clarification

47:58

from mr davidson

48:00

what the plan is to partner or to

48:05

to manage those state-owned state-owned

48:07

streets

48:09

um right now we're partnering with the

48:11

state on that but also with our outside

48:14

the agencies that we brought in um we're

48:16

giving them a list of streets and those

48:18

streaks in your area

48:18

i did receive those we have those on the

48:21

list

48:22

to touch but um those areas are areas

48:24

that once we clean

48:26

one day sometime the next day it's back

48:28

littered again

48:30

and a lot of traffic is in that area

48:33

increased traffic

48:34

is in that area so is there

48:37

is there going to be a schedule that

48:38

they'll be

48:40

maintained or clean or will it be

48:43

sporadically

48:44

uh there will be those streets are being

48:46

placed on the schedule

48:48

okay okay because um

48:52

one of the things that we're doing in

48:54

the area um

48:55

jane talon is setting up a meeting with

48:58

the

48:58

vendors for the apartment complexes

49:02

that's one of the complaints or one of

49:04

the findings that

49:06

we've been told that some of the the

49:08

vendors that are picking up

49:10

trash from the apartment complexes the

49:12

the trash is not secured

49:15

so that's one area that we're working um

49:18

with the with the apartment complexes

49:20

and also uncc

49:22

reached out to to me and they're going

49:25

to be

49:26

working with advanced high school

49:28

engineering students

49:30

to try to come up with some solution

49:34

to address the litter because this is

49:36

such a a huge area

49:38

in district four i get complaints and

49:40

i'm sure that mr phipps got them

49:42

you know prior to my term we get them

49:45

constantly about the litter in the area

49:47

and because of the state maintained

49:50

streets it's just

49:51

it's very problematic so any attention

49:54

to that

49:55

would be great if there's additional

49:59

funding in the budget that would be that

50:01

would be great because this area is

50:02

truly affected because of these

50:05

state maintained streets so thank you

50:09

thank you all right thank you all right

50:11

i don't have anyone else to be

50:13

recognized and so

50:15

um we'll go ahead and continue in our

50:18

next section thank you mr jameson

50:20

all right our next um presentation is

50:23

the ada facility plan

50:27

ms johnson or mr jones that's fine so

50:30

thank you mayor

50:30

members for council as i mentioned

50:33

earlier

50:35

at the last budget workshop we had a

50:38

conversation that there would be an

50:40

impact of the results of the americans

50:43

with disability act facility plan

50:45

that we could implement over time

50:48

so we'll have victoria

50:52

begin the conversation and bring our

50:53

consultants in also

50:55

thank you good afternoon

50:58

madam mayor council members the city

51:02

contracted with altura in 2019

51:05

to evaluate all city-owned and occupied

51:08

facilities

51:09

programs policies procedures

51:13

and public-facing information technology

51:15

applications

51:16

for ada compliance arturo

51:20

altura was also tasked with providing an

51:24

ada transition plan for the city

51:27

as of now altura is 85 percent completed

51:32

the recommendations will allow city

51:33

staff continued commitment

51:36

to serving the public the recommendation

51:39

shows

51:40

the city's commitment to protecting

51:42

everyone's civil right

51:44

more than just the civil rights of

51:46

people with disability

51:47

and more about equality of service for

51:51

all citizens

51:52

the city can clearly demonstrate actions

51:56

being taken

51:57

in today's social environment

52:01

the recommendations would would elevate

52:04

the importance of the civil rights in

52:06

both public

52:07

and with city staff and at this point

52:11

i will turn it over to terry bradley

52:13

deputy director

52:14

of community relations he will speak to

52:17

the enormous

52:18

amount of work that altura and his

52:20

department

52:21

has undertaken for the city to have

52:24

reached this point

52:25

in the process mr bradley

52:30

uh good afternoon uh thank you acm

52:32

johnson i appreciate that

52:34

um thank you um council members mayor

52:37

council members and uh manager jones for

52:39

this opportunity

52:40

i just wanted to kind of give some

52:42

insight about the work that we've been

52:44

doing

52:44

as acm johnson has mentioned

52:48

the community relations department has

52:49

been charged with

52:51

coordinating and monitoring city

52:53

compliance with ada section 504

52:56

as well as the state civil rights

52:57

requirements regarding discrimination

52:59

and harassment

53:00

based on disability as a civil rights

53:04

law

53:04

the american with disabilities act

53:07

provides

53:08

for freedom of harassment or denial of

53:10

services solely

53:12

based solely on your on disabilities

53:16

also we are um overseeing the compliance

53:19

efforts

53:19

to minimize the occurrence of ada

53:21

section 504 violations

53:24

we're implementing the city's

53:25

discriminations complaint procedures

53:28

including investigations with respect to

53:31

allegations to ada

53:33

and following the uh the adoption of the

53:35

two 2010 regulations

53:38

um the city began to undertake and we

53:40

continue

53:41

to undertake the self-evaluation of all

53:44

of our programs services and activities

53:47

as well as the facilities to provide

53:49

full and equal access to all persons

53:52

now while working with our consultant to

53:55

which i'm about to introduce to you um

53:58

you we have determined that this work is

54:00

more about

54:01

social justice inequity and the

54:04

inclusion within the city of charlotte

54:07

it also allows our citizens to connect

54:11

good paying jobs also it's a way for

54:15

us to enhance public safety and it

54:18

allows our residents

54:20

an opportunity that they can still work

54:22

play learn and retire comfortably

54:24

here in the city of charlotte now with

54:27

that i just want to

54:28

turn this over to our consultants out of

54:30

austin texas arturo solutions

54:32

jesus lord of zama who is the principal

54:35

who will update us on the work around

54:37

the city's assessment

54:38

and the development of the ada

54:40

transition plan

54:41

um jesus yes

54:45

thank you terry and thank you city

54:48

manager

54:48

mayor and council for your time

54:52

you appreciate it as terry mentioned it

54:54

i'm with alternate solutions

54:56

and we are working on the city's ada

54:58

transition plan

54:59

and i'd like to give you just a little

55:01

bit of an outline of the presentation

55:04

i'm gonna briefly go over what the

55:07

americans with disabilities act

55:08

transition plan entails

55:10

and i'll also go over how we gathered

55:13

the information today

55:14

and the rigors that we went through and

55:17

then

55:18

ryan will help discuss some of the the

55:20

budget planning aspects of that

55:23

but we could go to the next slide uh

55:26

a brief background as it's been stated

55:28

before the

55:30

americans with disabilities act as a

55:31

federal civil rights law

55:33

that prohibits discrimination

55:36

against people with disabilities and in

55:38

fact it ensures

55:40

access to state and local government

55:42

services for people with disabilities

55:45

however as terry mentioned you know

55:47

we're well

55:49

the focus of this was through the ada

55:51

lens we have looked at it as more of a

55:54

a broader civil rights component

55:58

the department of dut justice or doj

56:01

requires that government agencies

56:03

conduct a self-evaluation

56:06

of the accessibility of their facilities

56:08

programs and services

56:10

as well as policies and procedures so

56:13

the ada was enacted in 1990 and of

56:15

course a lot of infrastructure had been

56:17

built

56:18

before that date and not to the

56:20

standards so

56:21

this gives government agencies the

56:23

opportunity

56:24

to go back and conduct a self-assessment

56:27

of what the current state of their

56:30

facilities are

56:32

and also i'd like to point out that the

56:34

ada does not require

56:35

every single facility to be brought into

56:38

compliance

56:39

instead what the ada aims for is program

56:42

accessibility

56:43

which means that in its entirety when

56:45

the city looks at

56:46

at its facilities and programs is it

56:49

providing

56:50

programs and services in an equitable

56:53

manner

56:54

next slide so the 88 transition plan

56:58

after a government agency has gone

57:01

through the self-evaluation process

57:03

then the city basically creates a plan

57:06

to address all the identified barriers

57:08

whether they be physical or programmatic

57:11

the transition plan identifies the

57:13

physical barriers

57:16

recommends remedies and proposes uh cost

57:20

along with time frames so in essence it

57:22

helps the city

57:23

put itself on a budget and schedule to

57:26

reach program accessibility

57:29

and this transition plan is going to

57:31

serve

57:32

as the city's guiding document to

57:35

achieve

57:35

program accessibility over the next 15

57:38

years

57:39

from from the facilities standpoint

57:42

as mentioned earlier the city contracted

57:45

with altera solutions to provide the

57:46

transition plan

57:48

and as mentioned earlier we're at the 85

57:50

percent

57:51

complete mark as of now

57:56

next slide so as part of the assessment

57:58

we began this process in january 2019

58:02

we interviewed city staff from every

58:05

department to get a feel for programs

58:07

and services

58:08

how the city operates and definitely

58:11

want to commend

58:12

staff for their dedication and and

58:14

service and

58:15

and meeting the the requirements of the

58:18

ada

58:20

we have inspected 175 facilities

58:23

and i want to speak to the fact that

58:26

our specific analysis was for facilities

58:29

there

58:29

is a separate analysis being done for

58:32

the right-of-way which i'll touch on in

58:34

a bit

58:35

but we looked at 175 facilities and

58:37

these excluded aviation facilities

58:39

since aviation had done an independent

58:42

assessment outside of ours

58:44

what we have found is that there are

58:47

buildings that do

58:48

have some barriers these are typical of

58:51

what we see across the country

58:53

adjusting of counter heights adjusting

58:55

of drinking fountains

58:57

some restroom items that need to be

59:00

addressed installing of new ramps and

59:02

eliminating obstructions and pathways

59:05

next slide so for the facility

59:09

improvements

59:10

we are recommending improvements to 124

59:13

facilities

59:15

and these range as i mentioned earlier

59:17

from moving counters to redoing

59:18

restrooms and so forth

59:20

part of our scope was to provide

59:23

conceptual

59:24

budgetary costs these are not

59:28

engineering cost estimates but more to

59:31

provide an

59:32

order of magnitude of what is required

59:34

the city

59:35

we have met with several city

59:37

departments to

59:38

run these numbers that that we've put

59:40

together and

59:42

and make sure that the numbers are

59:45

providing that an order of magnitude for

59:49

what is coming next

59:52

and as i mentioned earlier in the right

59:54

of way the city is doing

59:55

a a separate assessment and a consultant

59:59

colon associates is completing that

60:01

assessment

60:02

and that includes infrastructure such as

60:04

sidewalks curb ramps

60:06

transit stops pedestrian push buttons

60:09

and on-street parking

60:12

they have not completed that study yet

60:14

but they are

60:15

recommending for their findings to be

60:18

addressed programmatically over 30 years

60:21

again

60:21

the facilities portion that we are doing

60:24

is over 15 years

60:25

the right-of-way since it a larger scope

60:28

will take 30 years

60:30

to address programmatically the approach

60:33

also includes

60:34

private development in that when a

60:36

developer

60:38

does the project they will be asked to

60:41

address the sidewalks and curb ramps

60:43

in the right-of-way which should help

60:45

the city reach

60:47

accessibility sooner once the

60:49

information is completed and the

60:51

right-of-way

60:52

our the overall city transition plan

60:54

will incorporate

60:56

those findings in into the facilities

60:58

and programs

61:00

transition plan with that i'd like to

61:03

turn it over

61:04

to ryan

61:07

so i just want to spend two slides

61:09

explaining what this may mean from a

61:11

budgetary standpoint

61:13

what you see on the screen are the

61:15

identified costs

61:16

in total but as truly mentioned the

61:19

intention

61:20

is that this is a 15-year plan which

61:23

from a general fund standpoint allows it

61:25

to be

61:26

a little bit more manageable as a

61:28

program we have

61:29

four million dollars per year identified

61:32

in our capital program

61:34

that we would need to include to address

61:36

this i really want to reinforce the

61:38

point that this

61:39

is fluid for instance we know that some

61:43

costs will change when we

61:44

go to engineering but there's also

61:48

some facility improvements that will

61:50

drop out of the program

61:52

as we replace some buildings for

61:54

instance there are

61:56

two fire stations with a total of over a

61:58

million dollars in improvements

62:00

that are very high on the fire chiefs

62:03

replacement plan

62:04

and will likely be done through that

62:06

before we get to

62:08

fixing the facilities from the ada

62:10

program

62:11

if we can go to the next slide and so

62:14

what this means on the capital program

62:17

is

62:18

we have bonds and then we have other

62:20

debt that we call

62:21

cops so in the steady state that we

62:23

talked about last time

62:24

there was 226 million and we had

62:27

identified

62:28

about 28 million for cops what this is

62:31

essentially saying

62:33

is that 4 million each year would need

62:36

to be dedicated to a program like this

62:38

to achieve the goals

62:40

that are likely to come out in the final

62:42

report this summer

62:44

so we also talked last time about some

62:46

other opportunities we have in cops

62:48

um as far as capacity so we feel um that

62:51

this

62:51

is a goal we can achieve but we really

62:54

it is a high cost impact though so we

62:56

really wanted to get it in front of you

62:58

and then i will turn it back to chewie

63:00

to finish up

63:03

thank you ryan our our next steps as i

63:06

mentioned earlier

63:07

we're basically at 85 percent and we'll

63:09

be releasing the draft

63:11

uh in either late march early april

63:14

that draft will include our

63:16

recommendations for

63:18

facilities and associated budgets

63:23

we will allow for public input to occur

63:26

from april through may we will then take

63:29

that public input and

63:31

formulate the final ada transition plan

63:34

which is planned to be released uh this

63:37

coming summer

63:38

for council consideration and uh

63:41

with that like to open it up for

63:43

questions

63:45

thank you very much um first before we

63:47

go to the questions i want to thank the

63:49

non-profit

63:50

disability rights and resources for

63:52

working with altura and our staff

63:55

this is a very important part of

63:58

infrastructure and creating equity in

64:00

the community

64:01

it's a part of our own mobility plan

64:03

it's a part of

64:05

what we need to do and i want to thank

64:08

all of our

64:10

the people that participated in the

64:12

surveys and the interviews

64:14

but especially disability rights and

64:16

resources for their good work with us

64:18

so with that i think i have mister egg

64:21

is it miss

64:21

miss sasmira um is recognized

64:28

ms jamira yes thank you madam mayor

64:34

terry thank you so much and chewie for

64:37

your work on

64:38

like mayor said creating equity and

64:41

inclusiveness

64:42

uh in in our city

64:46

buildings um

64:49

is there a regulatory requirement that

64:52

some of this transition

64:54

assessment has to be done and

64:56

implementation has to be done by a

64:58

certain time

64:59

frame and how does that um

65:03

what does that look like currently

65:06

yes thank you for the question you know

65:08

the department of justice

65:10

has not uh given a a timeline

65:14

so um you know originally when the ada

65:18

was first enacted

65:19

everything was supposed to have been

65:20

made ada compliant by 1995

65:23

which of course you know no city

65:26

achieved

65:26

you know and so now it's up to each city

65:31

to create a budget and a schedule

65:35

to get themselves to reach the program

65:37

access we worked with city

65:39

officials to get to a budget number that

65:42

made sense

65:44

or at the budget number and that the

65:46

schedule that made sense

65:48

in other words we don't want to say that

65:50

this could be done in five years

65:51

knowing that the the fiscal situation

65:54

would not allow it

65:55

um but we believe that 15 years

65:58

for the facility side makes sense and

66:01

and is achievable and something to

66:04

commend the city for

66:05

is this is being done to

66:08

try and get ahead of of ada

66:12

and and reach equitable

66:16

an equitable position because if for

66:19

example

66:20

the department of justice came in and

66:22

found that the city was lacking

66:25

then the department of justice would put

66:27

the city on a schedule

66:29

and um with

66:32

probably less consideration to the

66:34

budget you see other cities that are

66:36

told you will achieve this in five years

66:38

and it's up to you to figure out you

66:40

know from a budget standpoint how to do

66:42

it

66:42

so the city of charlotte is ahead right

66:45

now and that the city gets to make the

66:47

call in terms of budget and schedule

66:50

um so i think there is you know some

66:53

kudos to be had for city staff to get

66:55

ahead of this issue

66:58

all right um any other questions

67:03

yes i do have a follow-up question

67:06

uh as part of this assessment

67:11

have you also looked at a pregnancy

67:13

disability act and

67:16

and how um

67:20

if there are any changes that city needs

67:23

to make

67:24

in terms of infrastructure or invest

67:29

to be compliant with the pda

67:32

and and i want to make sure i heard you

67:34

correctly the pda

67:36

is the pregnancy

67:42

okay we we did not look at pregnancy

67:45

specifically we

67:46

you know our our lens is basically

67:50

you know the americans with disabilities

67:52

act but working with city staff we did

67:55

expand

67:56

some to include language inclusion and

67:59

and what we did and we believe

68:02

that some of the recommendations that

68:04

come out of the americans with

68:06

disabilities act

68:07

benefit many more society members than

68:10

just people with disabilities

68:12

so some of the recommendations being

68:14

made here would benefit

68:16

uh you know pregnancy

68:20

issues but we did not look at that

68:23

specifically

68:27

thank you to follow up on that mr

68:28

manager this one is for you

68:31

uh i'm not sure what our infrastructure

68:35

is like to support pregnant women

68:38

especially the need around nursing room

68:41

so i would appreciate in your follow-up

68:43

report if you could provide us

68:47

where we stand on that thank you

68:50

we'll do all right

68:53

miss ashmir thank you any other

68:56

questions

68:59

nope all right mr phipps i want to

69:02

recognize you

69:05

i had taken my hand down uh mayor

69:07

because i i think

69:08

uh the gentleman asked my question about

69:10

the

69:11

uh charlotte's uh favorable uh

69:15

grade and and and uh meeting their

69:18

programmatic um

69:20

schedule with regard to the the outside

69:24

infrastructure with regard to the ramps

69:26

and things like that

69:27

for ada compliance okay

69:31

miss johnson i'm going to be recognized

69:33

then

69:37

thank you mayor and thank you for this

69:39

presentation terry and

69:41

julie my question is also for the

69:43

manager

69:44

as far as our ada plan i realized this

69:48

evaluation was looking at facilities

69:51

does the city have a plan for

69:53

equitable hiring for individuals with

69:57

disabilities and also for

70:01

sts transportation i believe that the

70:04

policy currently

70:06

is sts will pick up residents where

70:09

there is a

70:10

bus stop and there's some half mile

70:15

requirement but if an individual has a

70:17

disability that makes it difficult to

70:19

walk

70:20

a half mile or get to a bus stop then

70:23

there needs to be some

70:24

equitable consideration and pickups

70:27

so i wondered what the city or if the

70:29

city has a plan

70:31

for ada and some equitable

70:34

consideration for hiring and for

70:38

uh for cats so thank you

70:41

thank you council member johnson we will

70:44

give you

70:45

all of the information we have around

70:47

those questions that you just

70:49

asked i am very familiar with the the

70:52

second one

70:53

because uh council

70:56

know remember newton and i have

70:58

discussed that uh uh from time to time

71:01

and while it is consistent with my

71:03

understanding uh cats is consistent with

71:06

what is required federally and there

71:08

could be some additional cost to

71:10

change from that but what i'll do in

71:12

order to bring all of the council

71:14

members up to speed

71:15

we'll include in the packet information

71:17

about what we do around those two areas

71:20

and what are some opportunities if that

71:21

works for you

71:24

that's great and you know i work with

71:25

individuals with disabilities so i'm

71:27

happy to speak with you offline

71:29

about some of the experiences um that

71:31

they've had with cats

71:33

um and some ideas for hiring as well

71:36

that'd be great thank you thank you

71:39

all right mr driggs

71:43

you recognized thank you mayor um

71:46

i wanted to highlight in particular uh

71:49

our veterans

71:50

who are disabled and so i'm very pleased

71:53

that we are addressing the needs of the

71:55

entire disabled community

71:57

with this initiative um i did want to

72:00

ask

72:01

uh since you referred to the fact that

72:03

we were taking a broader interpretation

72:06

of the ada

72:09

are there non-facility type of items

72:12

that would be included here

72:13

are there any investments we're talking

72:15

about making the can't be funded with

72:17

cops

72:18

what do you have in mind when you say

72:19

that we we may kind of take this

72:22

broader view of the ada

72:25

yes for so for example um

72:30

when the ada requires that you gather

72:33

community input

72:35

and ada specifically wants you to get

72:38

input from the community with

72:40

disabilities

72:41

uh and speaking with community relations

72:44

they said well let's take it a step

72:45

further and include

72:47

and let's have language inclusion so

72:49

let's do our

72:50

let's have our materials translated to

72:53

different languages

72:54

let's have not only sign language

72:56

interpreters but

72:59

other language interpreters at our

73:00

meetings

73:02

so so that's an example of we we took a

73:05

broader

73:05

look at ada from a civil rights

73:08

standpoint

73:10

uh however the the main focus was still

73:13

centered around

73:14

meeting the requirements the technical

73:15

requirements of the americans with

73:17

disabilities

73:18

act and we will definitely do that

73:21

but that's just one example of of us

73:24

thinking beyond it

73:25

we have analyzed how the city does

73:28

programs and services how they provide

73:30

those

73:31

and we have addressed or provided our

73:34

input

73:35

where there are opportunities uh where

73:37

the city might be unknowingly

73:39

discriminating

73:40

and in that instance we look at

73:43

not only people with a disability but

73:47

there's other potential aspects of where

73:49

that might be happening

73:51

we on on the

73:54

physical side on on the facility side we

73:57

did

73:57

stick primarily with the requirements of

73:59

the ada

74:00

and those are programmatically where we

74:03

we could

74:04

broaden our scope of it

74:07

okay this is a pretty big financial

74:10

commitment so uh

74:11

i just would like us to be disciplined

74:13

if we're going to call it an ada

74:15

program that we uh you know that we

74:18

recognizedly operate

74:20

within the requirements of the ada i

74:22

would also like to echo ms johnson's

74:24

comments about the

74:26

sds um i've had a couple of constituents

74:29

who called me this

74:30

and said that their eligibility for this

74:32

service has somehow

74:33

changed because of uh a redesignation

74:37

of the uh of who qualifies and in some

74:40

cases they ended up

74:42

having really no uh means because uh

74:45

with the loss of the sds they would have

74:47

to be taking ubers which for a lot of

74:49

people was really not feasible

74:51

so have we actually changed the

74:53

eligibility for the sds

74:54

or is that an ongoing conversation

74:58

so mr jericho cats yeah we will give you

75:01

information my understanding is that

75:05

there are opportunities that our

75:08

county provisions of a service

75:11

as well as city provisions of the

75:14

service

75:15

and we have been consistent with what is

75:18

required of us

75:19

from a federal perspective but i would

75:22

love the opportunity

75:23

to provide you with that information so

75:25

the council can have a

75:27

discussion around it

75:30

a couple of these cases were pretty sad

75:32

so i don't really have a policy

75:34

background on this subject

75:36

uh but i just hope that we um

75:40

we have a policy that doesn't leave

75:42

certain people out in the cold

75:44

because uh it's very lonely for them uh

75:47

at some point when they lose that access

75:50

so thank you for that mr manager thank

75:53

you

75:54

thank you um we have no further comments

75:57

um

75:57

i would say on the um

76:00

this topic so we're prepared to go to

76:04

the next topic

76:05

which is the cip priorities discussion

76:09

um and i think mr bergman are you going

76:11

to lead us or mr jones are you going to

76:13

mr bergman's going to lead us off i'll

76:15

start and see if the manager would like

76:17

to chime in at all

76:17

no he just said no so i could see behind

76:20

you put him in a bad spot

76:21

he was like pointing forward you know

76:23

like you know get out in front

76:25

way out in front okay so so i'm just

76:28

going to spend a minute

76:29

um going over the last couple of slides

76:32

from the last presentation

76:34

there's not new materials here if you'll

76:36

recall

76:37

we prevented uh presented a lot of

76:39

information

76:40

around our capital program at the last

76:42

workshop

76:43

and then where we ended up we didn't

76:45

have a lot of time for council

76:46

discussion

76:48

so i'm just going to show these final

76:49

scenarios again

76:51

and really the idea here is that this is

76:54

the time

76:54

for council discussion normally

76:58

the manager's proposed budget is the

77:00

first time you would see

77:01

and then react to it but this is such a

77:04

unique situation recently where we have

77:07

this five-year cip that hasn't been

77:09

populated

77:10

that we really want to make sure we have

77:11

a touch point with city council to talk

77:13

about your priorities

77:14

needs things of that nature we do have

77:17

the same people that were here last time

77:19

available in ch 14 which includes liz

77:22

babson our transportation director

77:24

jennifer smith our city engineer phil

77:27

rieger our general services director

77:28

and we also have pam weidman available

77:31

for any housing related questions

77:33

so if we can go to the next and mayor i

77:36

i forgot ryan in my um plea

77:40

pre-planned discussion point so so i

77:43

will jump in

77:44

and and so one of the things i will say

77:47

to

77:47

the mayor and council is that again i

77:51

mentioned a little bit earlier

77:53

this will be difficult because there are

77:57

programs in the cip that were even in

78:00

the planning fund

78:01

that typically have not been in these

78:04

bond cycles

78:06

over the last eight and and those are

78:08

major major roads

78:09

and major intersection projects but also

78:13

has not been a part of the beginning of

78:15

a series of bond cycles

78:17

at least the last two there have been

78:20

tax increases this one does not propose

78:23

a property tax increase

78:25

so in other words we're able to use the

78:28

steady state model

78:29

to populate the different bond cycles

78:33

at this point without coming back for

78:36

any type

78:37

of revenue enhancement in order to

78:39

afford it so again having said that

78:41

and as ryan said earlier you know

78:44

typically i would just

78:45

bring this to you on the third of may

78:47

but we just

78:48

believe that because there is no road

78:52

map per se

78:53

just understanding what priorities are

78:55

for you would be very

78:56

helpful as we move forward

78:59

and so what you'll see on the screen

79:01

i'll say the same thing i said last time

79:03

this is not a recommendation

79:05

this is more like a straw man to give

79:07

you a starting point

79:09

of the two bond cycles that would be in

79:11

the five-year cip

79:13

while also showing some of those costs

79:15

that are essentially locked in

79:17

if we're going to continue doing the

79:19

basic programs

79:20

for maintenance and street resurfacing

79:23

and things of that nature

79:24

so this first scenario which uh still

79:27

leaves

79:28

more than 50 million in capacity each

79:30

bond cycle

79:32

would assume no road projects and no

79:35

intersection projects from the planning

79:37

fund if we go to the next slide

79:40

so everything is the same on this one

79:42

except for that middle section

79:44

this assumes one road project and one

79:48

intersection

79:48

project from the planning fund we would

79:51

still be able to do it within the steady

79:53

state

79:54

we would have a little bit of extra

79:55

capacity and then if you go to the final

79:58

scenario

80:01

one slide ahead okay there we go thank

80:02

you

80:04

this shows the impact of doing both road

80:08

and both intersection projects from the

80:10

advanced planning fund

80:11

in the cip if you left some of those

80:14

other programs

80:16

at similar levels to 2020.

80:19

and so while we wouldn't formally

80:22

um approve something for a bond

80:25

referendum in this upcoming budget

80:27

uh we wouldn't do that until fy23

80:30

we would like to have a five-year cip

80:33

road map

80:34

that is in this proposed budget so with

80:37

that

80:37

um we can leave these on the screen or

80:40

not but really the intention here is uh

80:42

to allow city council a chance to talk

80:45

about their priorities

80:46

questions things of that nature so for

80:48

the council

80:49

this is in the workshop for february the

80:52

third

80:53

and this was where we talked about

80:55

steady state

80:56

and it was you know our steady state of

80:59

26 million

81:00

for cops and 198 million and go bonds

81:04

but obviously when you look at that the

81:07

big

81:07

even with the opportunity to pivot on

81:10

several projects and to do this work

81:12

if we're going to get roads built and

81:15

intersections

81:16

improve which i'm sure there is a very

81:19

much longer list

81:20

than one or two it's like 47 million

81:23

well i think it was like

81:25

35 million a road and 12

81:28

million for an intersection and that

81:30

assumes that we

81:31

continue to do those things that we do

81:34

in terms of maintenance and i don't know

81:36

how i think

81:38

ryan can you put up the slide with the

81:40

it doesn't i think this is consistent

81:42

on all the projects that we have

81:46

um under the no roads or intersection

81:49

just any one of the

81:50

graphs wouldn't or charts those first

81:54

nine or so projects are things that keep

81:57

our maintenance down

81:59

as well as commit to some of the major

82:02

programs that i would say

82:04

people expect us to spend our

82:07

debt for like sidewalks and and bikes

82:10

and

82:11

safety so there's i think the

82:14

discussion is probably at you know how

82:17

do you

82:18

maybe this is maybe i'm going to ask if

82:20

this is an appropriate way

82:22

if we continue to maintain our capital

82:24

facilities

82:26

and if we can make continue to

82:29

build upon safety um primarily

82:33

the question is those things that we

82:36

have chosen

82:38

transportation or mobility housing

82:41

corridors of opportunity and economic

82:44

development

82:45

we are looking below those two lines to

82:47

say are there trade-offs

82:49

or do we do more is that a fair way to

82:53

say that

82:53

yeah and so what i would add is if you

82:55

look at what's on the

82:56

screen the the first three

83:00

are traffic and bridge programs

83:03

they're locked because we need to we do

83:04

need to continue doing them

83:06

but there's also not a necessity to add

83:09

funding

83:10

or anything of that nature the next the

83:12

next two

83:13

nisi and valentine those are essentially

83:15

commitments that are already made

83:18

when you get into the bottom ones the

83:19

sidewalk the bike the vision zero

83:22

that's kind of an open lock because you

83:24

would need those to maintain the program

83:26

but they're different than like traffic

83:29

devices in that

83:30

more funding for those is of course i

83:32

was helpful

83:33

but then when you get down to the ones

83:36

under the advanced planning projects

83:38

you're correct those are affordable

83:39

housing corridors congestion

83:42

those are always things that we do kind

83:44

of to look forward

83:46

that's really at the purview of city

83:48

council

83:49

so i'm i'm going to say that while

83:53

almost everything in that first group

83:55

has some federal inspection

83:58

some requirement that would cause

84:00

greater harm it would

84:01

actually cost more if we stop

84:03

resurfacing street and building

84:05

sidewalks

84:05

we're just going to go deeper further

84:08

behind than we already are

84:10

and i'm going to say this and i know

84:11

that we'll have a number of people to

84:13

talk about this

84:14

but when i look at everything in this

84:17

grouping

84:19

these are things that we have discussed

84:22

consistently

84:23

as being major needs for a growing city

84:27

and things that we've communicated to

84:30

our residents

84:31

that we're going to try to systemically

84:34

add to our programs and so i

84:38

i'm looking forward to the discussion

84:40

and i think massage mirror is going to

84:41

start us

84:42

off massage mirror

84:45

thank you so i completely agree with you

84:49

that we have to continue to invest in

84:52

the

84:53

first bucket where we have a sidewalk

84:57

program and traffic devices and so on

85:00

to continue the maintenance um for

85:03

vision zero i would like to see that

85:04

number

85:05

a little bit higher because that

85:07

prevents fatalities

85:10

um and uh also

85:13

reduces some of our liabilities in terms

85:16

of

85:16

uh pedestrian fatalities where we really

85:18

need to invest

85:20

two million dollars a year will be

85:22

barely

85:23

uh fund one or two street light projects

85:26

where we have

85:27

major roads in our city that

85:30

do not have public lighting uh that

85:33

results

85:33

in fatalities and we do need to address

85:36

that so i would like to see that

85:39

what's the need and see if we can get

85:41

that number

85:42

a little bit higher thank you

85:46

thank you miss ashmira mr driggs

85:49

thank you mayor um guys i'm going to

85:52

take my life in my hands

85:54

here okay no don't do that ed just say

85:56

yes and move on

85:58

[Laughter]

86:00

so the way this is presented um it seems

86:04

to suggest

86:05

that the top range and the bottom range

86:08

are you know pretty much locked in

86:11

i accept what uh mr bergman just said

86:14

and that that our decision revolves

86:16

around the items uh the advanced running

86:19

and and i just want to point out and

86:22

bear with me here

86:23

affordable housing we went to 50 million

86:26

uh with the intention of stepping down

86:28

to 25 and i thought i remembered

86:30

reverting to

86:31

15 uh in the aftermath of the

86:35

keith lamont scott shooting now we see

86:38

it

86:38

kind of plugged in here as if it was a

86:41

permanent fixture

86:42

and i fully agree that affordable

86:44

housing is a top priority of ours

86:46

and deserves our funding but if you look

86:49

at the

86:50

annual investment here and you compare

86:52

it to the last four bond cycles the

86:54

number is pretty level at around 200

86:56

million

86:57

so we have gone to diverting 25

87:00

of our capital capacity to one priority

87:03

one important priority but nonetheless

87:05

just one

87:06

and um i will point out that the funding

87:10

that we have in there for sidewalks just

87:12

as a for instance this is a pet peeve of

87:14

mine

87:15

um apparently doesn't allow for

87:18

us to make progress on the waiting list

87:21

of sidewalk projects

87:22

such that a couple of them in my

87:24

district uh

87:26

can be accommodated in anything less to

87:28

than 10 to 20 years

87:29

i'm told and we have sidewalks that are

87:33

uh

87:33

we have roads that have become major

87:36

thoroughfares

87:37

along the edges of which children walk

87:40

to school

87:41

with cars whizzing by at 50 miles an

87:43

hour

87:44

and i think that's a legitimate priority

87:47

if you look at the core responsibilities

87:49

of the city

87:50

i think responding to situations like

87:52

that where there are

87:54

safety issues that are becoming kind of

87:56

increasingly more

87:58

urgent again because of the growth of

88:00

traffic and because of the speed in

88:01

which a lot of cars who are

88:03

transitioning along these roads

88:05

zoom through them so

88:08

i for example would like us to consider

88:10

to put the affordable housing in the

88:12

middle section there to be considered

88:14

along with these

88:15

road planning projects and other things

88:18

and really think about whether we're

88:19

keeping up

88:21

with our responsibilities uh in in other

88:24

areas

88:24

while we pursue this goal of creating

88:27

more affordable housing

88:29

um i don't think that we should go to

88:32

some big tax increase

88:34

obviously you wouldn't expect that from

88:35

me but i just would like to see the

88:37

apportionment

88:39

more reflective of other needs and

88:41

sidewalks is a good illustration in my

88:43

mind

88:44

and i will point out that if you look at

88:46

the 2040 plan

88:47

and a lot of the aspiration that is in

88:49

there it's going to be very hard for us

88:52

to continue to to commit

88:54

25 of our capital capacity to one

88:57

priority

88:58

and and also try to achieve a lot of the

89:00

other things that to which the plan

89:02

aspires

89:03

so i would just like us in this budget

89:05

conversation

89:07

to include in the mix of choices we have

89:09

to make

89:10

the amount of money that goes into

89:11

affordable housing and keep an open mind

89:13

about that

89:15

and i would love to see us step up the

89:16

sidewalk funding to 30 million dollars

89:19

so that we can make some progress uh on

89:21

that waiting list

89:22

and mr manager i'd appreciate it if we

89:25

could actually get a list

89:26

of the projects uh that cdot has

89:29

identified

89:30

the sidewalk projects that are pending

89:32

and how they've been ranked

89:34

uh i think if district representatives

89:37

from other parts of charlotte take a

89:38

look

89:39

they're going to see that things that

89:40

they recognize as needs

89:43

are uh probably 10 to 20 years away on

89:46

the current uh

89:47

schedule so uh i just put that out there

89:50

and and i hope we can at least talk

89:52

about what our ongoing commitment to

89:55

housing should be

89:56

thank you thank you mr drakes mayor pro

89:59

tem

90:01

thank you mayor so mr drake's really

90:03

touched on what i was going to say

90:05

i'm looking at these numbers sidewalks i

90:07

think are also really important because

90:09

what's in our sidewalk program is new

90:11

sidewalks and

90:13

last time i asked liz about this ms

90:16

babson

90:17

about what about sidewalk repairs and we

90:19

have a lot of sidewalks that are in bad

90:22

shape um and that you couldn't

90:25

um certainly talking about ada you

90:28

certainly can't

90:29

get through if you were in a wheelchair

90:31

or in some sort of

90:33

you know if you're immobile we've got

90:35

sidewalks in older parts of town that

90:37

have utility poles right in the middle

90:39

you couldn't push a baby carriage past

90:42

that or a wheelchair

90:43

certainly so i don't i really don't know

90:45

how to

90:47

look at this when we say 18 million a

90:49

year a bond cycle for sidewalks

90:52

and as mr drake says i really want to

90:54

know

90:55

what the demand is what the backlog is

90:58

and

90:59

and what that includes are we ever going

91:01

to talk about sidewalks that need to be

91:04

torn out and replaced or just fixed

91:07

and the same goes really for congestion

91:09

mitigation i just don't

91:11

have a frame of reference for that as to

91:16

what the need the overall need is same

91:20

with street resurfacing

91:21

i think we've all probably gotten the

91:23

occasional email from residents who hit

91:26

a pothole

91:27

in charlotte it does in some cases

91:29

thousands of

91:30

dollars of damage to their car they

91:32

don't get

91:33

reimbursed from the city on that they

91:35

just have to clean that privately so

91:37

the needs are there i'd like to know a

91:39

little bit more about what the backlog

91:42

is

91:44

thank you thank you um

91:48

to uh mayor pro tem and mr drake's we

91:51

will

91:51

get you that uh backlog as it relates to

91:54

sidewalks

91:55

i do want to talk a little bit about the

91:58

congestion mitigation

92:00

because it's somewhat well something

92:02

that was

92:03

old is new again so instead of

92:06

having let's say before the

92:09

big ideas a steady stream of funds

92:12

for let's say some of those smaller

92:14

projects

92:16

that can help us with congestion

92:18

mitigation

92:20

what we've done is put out i guess on

92:23

this buffet

92:24

everything that can happen so it's not

92:26

either or it's you know

92:27

roads we're assessing that as well as

92:30

traffic uh congestion mitigation which i

92:33

won't

92:34

which i will speak for less that is very

92:36

important to her

92:38

because instead of putting a lot of

92:40

money in one project and waiting

92:42

four five six years for that to be built

92:44

we can do

92:45

projects now and you'll see those

92:47

projects being in the steel creek area

92:50

south charlotte area as well as the

92:52

university city area

92:54

so i for one would say that having that

92:56

is important

92:57

because it stops us from having just a

93:00

huge

93:01

concentration of funds on one project

93:03

but we're able to spread it throughout

93:04

the city

93:07

so i don't know if mayor pro tem is

93:11

asked about that

93:12

and if we do that in a report but i'm

93:15

assuming these are things like adding

93:16

additional lanes

93:18

side um country roads that unique could

93:21

be paid

93:23

medians to change traffic flow things

93:25

like that

93:26

okay so we'll have to get that report

93:29

from

93:29

miss babson as a part of the next

93:33

budget workshop mr graham

93:38

uh thank you madam mayor um i just

93:41

wanted to kind of you know uh

93:42

follow up with ed's comments i i clearly

93:45

understand

93:46

where ed is coming from uh in terms of

93:49

the the

93:50

number of competing priorities we have

93:53

but i can't think of a higher one than

93:55

what we're doing regarding affordable

93:57

housing

93:58

and the investment that we're making

94:00

with law is significant

94:02

uh stove falls short there too right

94:05

and so i i just want to you know again

94:08

say that we need to

94:10

recommit ourselves to affordable housing

94:12

we need to recommit ourselves to

94:14

um great areas as relates to housing

94:18

i.e on the lower end 30 ami

94:22

and below shelter homelessness

94:25

although that's not our direct

94:27

responsibility it is a great area that

94:29

we play in

94:30

the public doesn't know the difference

94:32

uh and so that will stay in the fact

94:34

that silence

94:35

and any of these scenarios to accomplish

94:38

that

94:38

that's really that's what we're doing

94:41

we're kind of faced with a hard number

94:44

of um help me i'm not really good at

94:47

math

94:47

so if we have a scenario of um about 197

94:52

or 98 million dollars

94:55

it's how well how do you want to spend

94:57

it that and

94:58

and the staff has given you some

95:00

scenarios so

95:01

mr phipps i think i'm asking would you

95:03

see connectivity

95:05

of existing roads a higher priority

95:09

or on this list as opposed to something

95:12

else

95:14

well i don't know i would i would see it

95:16

almost as an opportunity for petitioner

95:18

to

95:19

to maybe jump the line so to speak i

95:22

mean because we've

95:23

we've identified projects but to the

95:26

extent that

95:27

that we say that there's a road needed

95:30

and and the petitioner feels that they

95:33

are willing to put in

95:34

some of the funds but in as much as the

95:37

road

95:38

would be a benefit to the city as well

95:40

that they want to approach the city

95:42

to help with the funding of the road do

95:46

we have

95:46

capacity given what we have on our plate

95:50

now do we have

95:51

capacity to even entertain those

95:54

type requests i think that's a question

95:57

for your colleagues

95:58

because we'd be really creating a

96:00

matching fund

96:02

for connectivity based upon rezoning

96:04

petitions

96:05

is that a fair assessment so i don't

96:08

know how your colleagues want to weigh

96:10

in or our colleagues want to weigh in on

96:11

something like that

96:12

and let me let me add one here um mr

96:15

bergman

96:16

i'm sorry mr bergman was going to

96:17

respond first and then this

96:19

year i was just going to lay out that

96:22

what we're trying to put together

96:23

is a five-year plan and during that

96:26

five-year plan

96:28

council will have the opportunity for

96:30

slight adjustments based on opportunity

96:32

so you're talking about developers

96:35

there's other opportunities that may

96:36

come up

96:37

like the state this past year giving us

96:39

bonus allocation dollars

96:41

where we can accomplish a project at 20

96:44

percent of

96:45

what the cost would have been so i i

96:47

think this is a

96:48

the idea behind this is that this is a

96:50

five-year plan and

96:52

that council would have the opportunity

96:54

as we go along

96:56

to make adjustments based on

96:58

opportunities

97:01

okay mr phipps

97:04

any thoughts on okay i'll i'll uh

97:08

i'll i'll thrash that around for a while

97:10

because we do have a

97:11

petition where we got a live situation

97:14

like that so

97:15

i'm just trying to figure out how would

97:17

we juggle

97:18

and and say hey you know we got we're

97:21

committed

97:22

right now so uh i'll give that some

97:24

thought but thank you very much

97:26

okay um mr driggs did you have a comment

97:30

well yes i i just wanted to say uh i

97:33

think

97:34

mr phipps asks a good question and uh

97:37

greg correct me if i'm wrong but my

97:38

interpretation of his question is

97:41

is this a presentation about our capital

97:45

capacity a message

97:46

that we're sending out saying don't

97:49

bother to come to us

97:50

with any other needs because we are sold

97:53

out

97:54

and and we have a backlog so

97:57

um that that's an issue all right

98:00

whether we can kind of say you know

98:02

we're open for business

98:04

i would point out that in situations

98:06

like pearl street and valentine

98:08

we address that with uh tigs and other

98:11

structures so we do have

98:12

opportunities to partner with private

98:14

developers where maybe there's a

98:16

confluence of

98:17

their kind of development and our

98:21

connectivity and other needs improvement

98:23

needs and valentine is a good example

98:25

there are many improvements

98:26

outside of the development itself the

98:29

cost of which is being more than

98:31

half funded by the developer and a chunk

98:34

of which is being funded by a take

98:36

from us so um

98:40

i i think the constraints that we're

98:42

identifying

98:43

on our capacity could be interpreted

98:46

by uh potential partners as a limitation

98:50

on our ability

98:51

to be a partner and um

98:54

that i think is the is the real question

98:57

here i mean the last scenario we're

98:58

looking at leaves us uh

99:00

35 million dollars underwater

99:04

in the 24 bond i'm not sure we're going

99:06

to want to go there

99:07

so if we can only tackle

99:11

one advanced planning road project and

99:13

maybe a couple intersections

99:15

and stay within our kind of permanent

99:18

capacity that list that miss babson

99:21

referred to

99:22

is long and there are a lot of things in

99:24

in places two through five

99:26

that i think we ought to be thoughtful

99:28

and and pay attention to

99:30

and and so i just get back to uh my same

99:33

point by way of uh

99:35

appearing to respond to mr phipps that

99:37

uh

99:38

we do need to look at that list and we

99:40

need to be mindful of the things that we

99:42

are not doing

99:43

um partly because of our choice about

99:45

affordable housing or

99:47

any other choice we might be making so

99:49

thank you mayor that was just my comment

99:51

thank you um mr jones yes so thank you

99:54

mayor mr council

99:56

i do want to to say definitely

99:59

there is not the message that we're

100:01

tapped out and we're not

100:02

open for business and i hope i didn't do

100:04

a double negative we're open for

100:05

business

100:06

we're not tapped out we can

100:10

do a number of things over these bond

100:14

cycles to release

100:15

reduce the stress on the system and i

100:18

don't think there's a scenario right now

100:20

where we would do two

100:22

roads immediately so

100:26

part of what we're trying to do is get

100:28

some feedback from council what i'm

100:29

hearing

100:30

loud and clearly is sidewalks roads

100:34

affordable housing at what level is

100:37

something that

100:38

will have to come back to you with

100:40

recommendations had you

100:42

come in today and said we want to get

100:44

out of the business of affordable

100:46

housing

100:46

that would have been something very

100:48

different or if you came back today

100:50

and said we don't want to build roads

100:52

with the cip

100:54

we'd rather have a different funding

100:55

source to build roads

100:57

those are the kinds of directional

100:59

discussions

101:00

that are important to us at this stage

101:02

but again everything that i've heard

101:04

over the course of this discussion is

101:06

that we're in the

101:07

right space with those locks and

101:11

sidewalks are important affordable

101:13

housing is important roads are important

101:15

and how to be structured in such

101:16

a way that we can give you the best bang

101:18

for your buck

101:21

okay thank you mr jones mr graham

101:29

i'm fine thank you you're good okay

101:32

thank you miss johnson

101:38

miss johnson mr jones addressed

101:42

my question thank you all right okay

101:46

so mayor miss jamira

101:51

yes thank you i i have a follow-up

101:53

question

101:56

i i just want to follow up on mr phipps

101:58

question earlier

102:00

so what line item would that be

102:03

uh because ultimately we are leveraging

102:06

private dollars um to

102:10

improve our infrastructure so i'm trying

102:12

to understand what line

102:14

items would that be and what is the

102:16

remaining balance in that line item

102:20

uh to to leverage private sector dollars

102:24

for

102:25

for infrastructure improvement

102:28

so what you see on the screen in front

102:31

of you

102:32

the example of what you're speaking of

102:34

is really valentine reimagined which is

102:37

on top

102:38

and in the scenarios that we have the

102:40

very last

102:41

line is public private partnerships

102:44

slash ed

102:45

so i would equate those two as similar

102:47

so

102:49

in these scenarios there's 15 million

102:51

dollars of bond

102:52

but i can tell you that that's just a

102:54

straw man scenario that doesn't mean

102:56

that

102:56

it will line up exactly to that but um

102:59

you know miss dodson is always working

103:01

on those types of opportunities

103:03

and so we wanted to make sure that we

103:05

have it in the scenario but

103:07

more than maybe anything else that's the

103:09

one that may have to be flexible from

103:11

bond to bond where it's

103:12

lower in one time and then much higher

103:14

in other times

103:18

okay that that explains uh thank you mr

103:21

bergman

103:21

and just to follow up on that

103:25

could you provide us in five years last

103:28

five years

103:29

what have we what have we spent on

103:31

public private partnerships

103:33

so that we have some sort of baseline to

103:36

compare things

103:37

you see that number needs to go up or

103:40

or higher compared to what we have seen

103:43

in the past

103:46

sure we will get you that in the the two

103:48

main examples would be

103:50

some of the work at eastland and then

103:52

valentine like we mentioned

103:54

but yeah we will get you that

103:58

anything else massage mira

104:03

i'm good thank you okay all right i

104:06

think that's our last speaker on that

104:08

topic

104:09

and so going back to the next area

104:12

we had a discussion or presentation on

104:15

monday on the

104:17

ad hoc committee on arts and culture and

104:19

we're going to

104:20

dive into a discussion on that support

104:23

now so

104:24

who's going to mr jones is going to

104:26

start us off okay so thank you mayor

104:28

members of council my goal

104:30

in the next 60 seconds is to keep tracy

104:32

dodson out of the room

104:35

we have a presentation

104:38

loaded but i'm not sure that we need to

104:40

do it

104:41

what the team needs mayor and council

104:45

is the ad hoc committee did come up with

104:49

some recommendations we are ready to

104:51

begin

104:52

an analysis of those recommendations

104:56

we were hoping that on monday we would

104:57

get the nod from the council

105:00

you know that sixth person or seventh

105:02

person or eighth person

105:03

so that we can do the assessment and and

105:05

that's all we're asking for

105:07

today so i don't know if there's

105:09

somebody from the

105:10

committee whether it's the the chair or

105:13

mr

105:14

piccari or or mr drake's who would like

105:17

to

105:17

chime in or mr winston i i

105:21

look kenneth before we go can i get in

105:23

your notebook there's a

105:25

slide on short-term recommendations and

105:27

long-term recommendations

105:29

and i think what the manager is asking

105:31

is a nod

105:33

that allows him to move forward based

105:36

upon these recommendations

105:38

so with that am i recognizing mr bukhari

105:41

mr bukhari yeah thank you and i'll just

105:44

and happy birthday happy birthday to

105:48

you oh yeah happy birthday to

105:51

you happy birthday

105:54

i do not sing but that was the best i

105:56

could do mr bukhari

105:58

you know when i was growing up i i

106:00

always dreamed that this is how i'd

106:02

spend my birthday

106:05

so how old are you okay well

106:09

feeling very old thank you all and

106:10

thanks everyone for the the

106:12

kind notes and things today um so i

106:14

think i can tee this up very well i

106:15

think the manager

106:16

did a a great kind of punch line um i

106:19

was on this ad hoc arts committee along

106:21

with

106:21

um council members isil graham winston

106:23

driggs

106:24

um so we analyzed the significant

106:27

investments that we've made as a city

106:29

to date and that's you know over 11

106:31

million in 2021 supporting

106:33

arts and culture on the whole over 50

106:35

million over the last 15 years in direct

106:37

funding

106:38

to the asc and the five members of our

106:40

committee

106:41

crafted and approved a very high level

106:43

recommendation

106:44

for the city manager to consider as he

106:47

and staff perform

106:48

their work as he just said to us in

106:50

presenting us with the budget

106:52

the punch line is we want an innovative

106:54

internal approach that maximizes

106:57

the you know the equity the economic and

106:59

cultural impacts that our city dollars

107:01

are having

107:02

uh mayor pro tem covered this

107:04

extensively monday night

107:05

council had a robust conversation where

107:08

staff was

107:08

able to hear and capture all those

107:10

inputs and comments as well so there

107:12

isn't really a need

107:13

for us to rehash those details now

107:16

without additional

107:17

insights and intel so the next body of

107:19

work

107:20

for our council to do beyond this

107:22

initial budget discussion

107:24

is to craft our longer term policy

107:26

vision that really focuses on

107:28

outcomes and what we want our

107:29

investments to ultimately create as

107:32

impacts

107:32

so aside from that what we need today is

107:35

is for the manager

107:36

to move ahead in analyzing our

107:38

recommendation alongside the bigger

107:40

budgetary picture and other factors

107:42

at play and then come and present us

107:45

back with what his ultimate proposal is

107:47

on the topic

107:48

um so no committee itself like our ad

107:51

hoc committee can tell the manager or

107:53

direct staff what to do in formal

107:55

actions

107:56

but these budget workshops are designed

107:58

just for that so

107:59

since we already have five council

108:00

members who formally supported the

108:02

recommendations that we discussed monday

108:04

night

108:05

in our strategy session i recommend we

108:07

just see if there's

108:08

one additional council member who's

108:10

willing to give a head nod

108:12

for the manager to move forward during

108:13

this phase while he still owns the

108:15

budget

108:16

taking into account our recommendations

108:18

while considering those other factors

108:20

and then and then bring that back to us

108:22

for our ultimate decision

108:23

as a body and i think that should really

108:25

maximize our time here

108:26

so if that's acceptable i just ask is

108:28

there one additional council member

108:30

outside of the arts ad hoc committee

108:32

who's willing to give the manager that

108:34

head nod

108:34

so that um so that he could move forward

108:37

in the diligence all right mr bakari i

108:39

would suggest that you're not limited to

108:40

one so all of those that would suggest

108:43

that they

108:43

um the manager take these short and

108:45

long-term recommendations

108:46

if you just raise your hand we can see

108:49

you on

108:50

yes i'm sorry

108:54

mr eggleston i'm sorry i did not get

108:56

your name off the

108:57

i'm bored so mr eggleston

109:00

would you have were you recognized

109:03

this one the manager if the manager is

109:05

tracking

109:06

what mr mccarthy said right there you

109:09

would be

109:10

assuming we give you the go ahead here

109:13

bringing back

109:14

and you would be bringing back options

109:17

for us to consider

109:19

one of which would be prompted by

109:23

the recommendation from the ad hoc

109:25

committee is that correct

109:27

and i'm not sure it would be options in

109:30

my

109:31

budget i would present an option

109:34

to the council based on what the ad hoc

109:38

committee has

109:39

sent my way so i'm going to be asking

109:43

you

109:43

the manager brings us a recommended

109:45

budget what's in that document

109:46

is his recommendation and then it's ours

109:48

to change

109:50

i guess the option the what would make

109:53

option plural i guess would be for the

109:56

council to

109:59

either move forward with that or to

110:01

proceed as we have historically on

110:05

on that issue i i'm not clear on what

110:08

that means

110:10

mr eggleston can you help me he can

110:12

bring us a recommendation based upon the

110:14

committee

110:15

or what was the other choice

110:18

well i i think my question is answered

110:21

but

110:22

the other choice i guess was me saying

110:24

for us to go

110:25

more the traditional route that we have

110:27

with arts funding

110:30

or to move forward with what will be

110:32

brought

110:34

by the manager as a recommendation based

110:36

on the committee's

110:38

work and that would be a council

110:40

decision based upon

110:41

after the manager's recommendation comes

110:43

forward based upon what we get as a hand

110:46

raising now

110:47

for the short and long-term

110:49

recommendations presented today

110:51

does that make sense yeah i mean okay

110:53

i'm just pointing out that there's not a

110:56

definitive decision being made on the

110:58

matter with this

111:01

manager forward

111:08

mr jones if i think i understand

111:12

the question that mr eggleston has

111:15

i would base everything that i'm

111:17

recommending back to the council

111:20

on this heightened increase this four

111:22

million dollars that is coming

111:24

from the city with the opportunity to

111:28

get at least four million dollars

111:30

of match from the private sector would

111:32

be the foundation

111:34

of any recommendation i bring back in my

111:37

budget

111:39

all right i'm good mayor thank you okay

111:41

so

111:42

um if you i i can see everyone except ms

111:45

ashmir i think stepped away mr winston

111:49

is has mr winston stepped away

111:53

he did as well so we've got i see one

111:56

there he is okay mr winston so i see one

112:00

two

112:00

three four five six seven council

112:03

eight council members so if you would

112:05

just indicate

112:07

um approval for the manager to move

112:09

forward based upon the recommendations

112:10

that are included in your materials

112:12

today

112:13

would you just raise your hand please

112:17

one two three four five

112:21

six seven so we have seven that have

112:24

raised their hands i'll just note

112:26

it is the committee member that was

112:28

eight madam mayor

112:29

where is the eighth uh malcolm he was

112:32

already formally with the committee but

112:33

he's

112:34

raising his hand there too okay

112:38

councilman remember graham you see him

112:39

right there he's waiting i see him in

112:40

the car now i just

112:42

couldn't see him in the car before so

112:44

that's eight members in favor

112:46

so mr jones sufficient all right thank

112:50

you very much for that

112:51

now the next item that we have is um

112:55

on charlotte salad

112:58

wait what are we doing water charlotte

113:00

water yes all right we're going to go to

113:02

charlotte water

113:03

and the materials and

113:06

who do i recognize um i'll start so we

113:09

have uh

113:10

angela charles and mike davis and some

113:12

other team

113:13

down in ch14 i would just note that they

113:16

presented

113:17

a longer version of the presentation to

113:19

the budget committee a couple of weeks

113:21

ago

113:22

so uh what you're going to be seeing

113:23

today is a condensed version of each

113:26

and in the appendix you'll see the other

113:28

slides that were presented at committee

113:30

so as long as she's ready i will turn it

113:32

over to angela

113:40

good afternoon mayor laos council

113:42

manager jones and staff i am

113:44

angela charles director of charlotte

113:47

water and we appreciate the opportunity

113:50

for the water team to provide you a

113:53

budget update this afternoon

113:55

water waste water and storm water are

113:58

working together in this community

114:01

under a one water vision according to

114:04

the u.s

114:04

water alliance the one water approach

114:09

envisions managing all

114:12

water in a community in an integrated

114:16

inclusive and sustainable manner

114:19

to to secure a prosperous future for our

114:23

children

114:24

our community and our country

114:27

so as we look how water operates in our

114:30

community

114:31

we have two funds two enterprise

114:34

funds the water wastewater fund and the

114:37

stormwater fund that have continued to

114:40

implement and plan projects to produce

114:43

outcomes and to project needs for our

114:46

future

114:47

even in the midst of a pandemic so i

114:50

will now turn it over to

114:52

mike davis who will talk about the storm

114:54

water fund

115:02

i'm trying to advance the slide

115:15

mr davis hit page down

115:19

there you go thank you thank you

115:22

all right good afternoon my name is mike

115:24

davis pleasure to be with you all this

115:25

afternoon

115:26

um and so it is a great privilege to be

115:29

able to present

115:30

really the work of a much larger group

115:31

of people kind of looking back at our

115:33

past year

115:34

and looking ahead to the fy 2022 budget

115:37

and and so we've condensed a lot of

115:39

things down in just these five slides

115:41

that i will walk you through um the

115:43

first of which is just to kind of put

115:45

into

115:46

scale um as we might in any budget

115:48

presentation the

115:49

the kind of work that we do and what we

115:52

believe is an efficient manner in which

115:54

we do it and so on the left you'll just

115:55

see a little bit of kind of quick stats

115:57

and mainly i would just highlight just

116:00

as kind of a sampling of the kind of

116:01

work that we do that we are

116:02

very project management focused very

116:05

construction focused

116:06

and our work really manifests as

116:09

physical infrastructure oftentimes in

116:12

the form of drain

116:12

pipes and related structural facilities

116:15

but also

116:16

in the form of stream restoration which

116:17

is really closely tied to our mission

116:20

to improve surface water quality and we

116:23

do that with a little over 180 folks

116:25

and we also believe we do it in an

116:27

efficient way and so

116:28

that sort of cube on the right just

116:30

gives some of the common metrics we

116:31

might think about

116:33

um as we seek to deploy that capital so

116:35

86 million dollars

116:37

for fy 2020 was done in a way that

116:39

sustained our

116:40

aaa bond rating and what i think is

116:43

particularly noteworthy

116:44

is that we were able to do 88 cents of

116:47

capital investment per

116:49

dollar collected which is a very high

116:50

ratio

116:52

and so and when we talk about where

116:54

we've been as an organization and look

116:56

back at the last year really

116:57

kind of starts with thinking about covid

116:59

and i wanted to talk about it in maybe

117:01

just three ways the first of which is

117:03

the financial impact

117:05

and so we look at that chart on the

117:08

right

117:10

it maybe is hard to detect at the scale

117:12

but there's two lines one of which

117:14

is the line representing our charges

117:17

cumulative charges going back to march

117:19

of last year kind of when that pandemic

117:21

was really kicking in

117:23

compared to a line that sits almost

117:25

exactly on top of it which is

117:27

what we got back in the door's revenue

117:29

against those charges

117:30

so the difference in those two lines

117:32

ends up being about 700

117:33

000 of impact or about 1.2 percent

117:37

of total charges um so it's not

117:40

insignificant but also well within what

117:42

we can manage

117:43

then we think about sort of how does it

117:44

impact our productivity

117:46

stormwater services and how it's made up

117:48

about two-thirds of our workforce

117:51

does the type of work that transitions

117:53

pretty well as it turns out to working

117:55

from home so we've we've made the kind

117:57

of adaptations that many have

117:59

and try to keep our level of

118:01

productivity high and have found

118:03

innovative ways to do that

118:05

the other third of our workforce is in

118:07

the field it's largely construction

118:08

related investigations related

118:11

and so we just had to again do like the

118:13

rest of the world has done is figure out

118:14

how to do that work in the safest way as

118:16

possible

118:17

and then we have of course done periodic

118:19

suspension of some volunteer events that

118:21

would have otherwise brought

118:23

people into close contact during that

118:24

period and then lastly is just kind of

118:27

thinking about workforce impact and this

118:28

is not

118:29

quantitative by any means but while on

118:31

the one hand we feel very good about our

118:33

level of productivity which i'll show

118:34

you in a minute

118:36

we do recognize that there are just some

118:38

challenges in staying connected as a

118:40

workforce

118:41

how you train new people and do

118:42

professional development it's just

118:44

harder to do

118:45

remotely um all right so if we want to

118:48

talk about productivity and

118:49

there's far more that goes on in

118:51

stormwater services than what i've

118:53

represented on this slide but i think

118:54

many of you know

118:55

we've undergone a fairly significant

118:58

transformation in the last couple years

119:00

and how we approach

119:02

dealing with what we've called minor

119:04

repair requests and this is where people

119:07

in our community are observing we've got

119:09

failing infrastructure and they're

119:10

seeking help

119:11

and so what we did back in fy 2020

119:14

many of you would know that we set out

119:18

on a journey to really

119:19

significantly increase our level of

119:21

production so what you see

119:23

in the chart on the right if you if your

119:25

eyes go to the bottom line

119:27

um that was the trajectory that we were

119:29

on

119:30

going into the fy 2020 budget year of

119:33

how many

119:34

of those minor repair requests we were

119:36

positioned to resolve

119:37

over the next five years and what we set

119:39

out to do and what your budget

119:41

set in motion was trying to resolve

119:44

1700 projects which was an 83

119:48

increase over what that baseline

119:50

represented so then those two dots the

119:52

260 and the 526

119:55

is where we've been able to come in at

119:57

the close of fy2020

119:59

and where we predict will be at the end

120:00

of fy 2021

120:02

to not only meet that projection but

120:05

slightly exceed

120:06

and one thing that's worth pointing out

120:08

about this chart is you'll notice that

120:10

that

120:10

projection line the goal line actually

120:12

bends upward it is not just steeper but

120:14

it bends

120:15

upward which really means every year

120:17

we've got to figure out how to get

120:19

better at what we did than the year

120:20

before

120:22

so we've shown you this graphic once

120:24

before it's just a visual icon

120:26

of a way we talk about sort of opening

120:29

up the project pipeline how do we

120:31

take 1700 projects as a goal and after

120:34

five years get them pushed through that

120:36

project delivery pipeline

120:37

and it requires doing several things

120:40

some it's about

120:41

reform of how we um

120:44

move those projects through the pipeline

120:46

but it's also about resources

120:48

it's about how we handle our contracts

120:50

and things like that so there's a tie to

120:53

your annual budget of how we address

120:56

resource needs in order to

120:57

push that volume of work through and

121:00

it's been successful

121:01

and so the last slide i have is really

121:04

just to kind of put this in the context

121:05

of our financial planning and so i won't

121:07

read all the bullets that are on the

121:08

left

121:09

but maybe the two that are really

121:10

important are the last two of those

121:12

bullets which is

121:13

really just to acknowledge that what we

121:15

do in terms of financial planning

121:18

we think is the best practice it's it's

121:19

a 10-year financial plan

121:22

where we're always modeling and updating

121:24

for sort of the key assumptions that act

121:25

on our capacity to take in revenue and

121:29

deploy that as

121:30

project investments and we do that

121:32

collaboratively with the finance

121:34

department with budget

121:35

and it's reviewed by the city's

121:36

financial consultant that lets us create

121:38

the plan

121:39

that you see on the right and the way

121:41

this chart was put together was really

121:43

to go back to 2020 because again that's

121:45

when we started out on what we've called

121:46

that five-year surge

121:48

goal and so in the middle column is what

121:51

that plan

121:52

had envisioned us doing to try to have

121:54

revenues sustainable for the plan

121:57

um trying to make it never too big in

122:00

any one year

122:01

but provide the revenue necessary to

122:03

support those targets

122:04

and on the right is the actuals so

122:06

you'll note that two years in a row

122:09

we've not had fee increases and so as we

122:11

go into the fy

122:12

2022 budget and we think about what had

122:15

been a 3.6 percent target

122:17

i feel confident in telling you that we

122:19

would be able to come forward with a

122:20

budget recommendation that would be

122:23

under that 3.6 but ultimately left

122:26

um to be as part of the city manager's

122:28

overall budget recommendation which

122:29

we'll present to you later in the budget

122:31

process

122:32

and so that's what i've got in terms of

122:33

my slides and i'm happy to take

122:36

questions now these slides go straight

122:38

into charlotte water slides so we can

122:39

talk storm water or keep going at your

122:44

pleasure

122:49

the recommendation on rates and the

122:51

budget for in the budget that he'll

122:53

present

122:54

all right let's go to charlotte water

122:59

thank you uh mayor laos again charlotte

123:02

water

123:03

has a vision to continue feeding the

123:05

leading water utility

123:07

recognized for excellence and dedication

123:10

to our people

123:11

community region and environment and

123:15

what we think is significant

123:17

about 2020 is that charlotte water

123:22

did not so did not suffer

123:25

any loss of service due to the global

123:28

uh pandemic and and as a reminder

123:31

charlotte water is a

123:32

regional utility serving about 1.2

123:35

million

123:36

of folks in our region a daily so we do

123:39

think that that is significant

123:42

uh to point out just some quick

123:45

stats about the utility we're pumping uh

123:48

in fy

123:49

20 and that is continued to date uh

123:53

108.9 million gallons of water a day

123:56

88.8 million gallons of wastewater

123:59

treated a day

124:00

through uh 8 850 miles

124:04

of pipe and so again when i talked about

124:07

one

124:08

water we're talking about just to keep

124:10

the distinction

124:11

water waste water and what i love to say

124:14

is wash

124:15

brush flush if you think those those

124:17

three things

124:19

uh you are talking about the water

124:21

wastewater fun

124:23

if you look at the capital investment

124:26

that was made in 2020 in our community

124:29

that was 280.7 million

124:32

invested in capital improvement projects

124:36

we continue to be one of the few

124:38

utilities our size

124:39

in the nation we are in the top 20 in

124:42

size in the united states

124:44

uh but we are one of the few that have

124:46

the aaa

124:47

that have maintained and continue to

124:49

have a aaa

124:50

a bond rating from moody's pitch and

124:53

standard

124:54

emporers and as a reminder to everyone

124:57

for three cents you can purchase

125:01

a gallon of charlotte water that is

125:04

three ascent um the the

125:07

capital improvement program that is our

125:10

plan

125:10

is 2.38

125:14

uh billion for the next uh five

125:17

years and when you uh look at we put our

125:20

plan or categorize our projects

125:23

uh into buckets but we also we always

125:26

always have to look at projects for

125:29

capacity

125:30

for growth as opposed to projects for

125:32

rehab and

125:34

rehabilitation and replacement

125:37

and so we are looking at 56

125:42

of our five-year capital program really

125:44

being dedicated to projects

125:46

for capacity for growth in our region

125:50

and that's on the water and wastewater

125:52

side and then we've got

125:53

23 percent for rehab and replacement of

125:56

existing

125:58

infrastructure and we think that that is

126:00

important not think we know that's

126:02

important

126:03

when you look at a utility that's been

126:05

around since the late

126:06

1800s we know we have pipe in the ground

126:09

it's been around since the 1920s

126:12

it's important that we strike that

126:14

balance

126:15

in our planning between capacity

126:18

projects and projects to rehab

126:21

and replace our existing

126:25

infrastructure if you

126:28

thank you investments we wanted to also

126:31

show council how we relate to the

126:34

strategic priorities in our

126:37

uh community and i have said that this

126:40

is mr jones's favorite slide out of

126:42

everything that we have to present today

126:45

but we just wanted you to get to get a

126:48

feel

126:49

for investments water and wastewater

126:52

investments that are happening in the

126:55

corridors of opportunity

126:57

of course we believe and know that for

127:00

all types of initiatives that happen

127:02

in our region that there is

127:04

infrastructure in the ground to support

127:06

those projects water waste water and

127:08

storm water projects

127:10

and so as we look at initiatives like

127:12

the corridors of opportunity

127:14

it's very important that we are also

127:19

aligning with the strategic priorities

127:21

of the organization

127:26

we have been impacted um like

127:29

every other utility in the nation uh due

127:33

to

127:33

uh covet in terms of accounts eligible

127:37

for disconnection

127:39

normally we would have about 3 000

127:42

accounts

127:42

eligible for connection and we are

127:45

carrying around 16

127:47

000 accounts in our community and we

127:50

have

127:51

been for the past few months that are

127:54

eligible

127:55

for a disconnection in

127:58

october of last year we made the

128:00

decision

128:02

to put all folks all customers of

128:05

charlotte water

128:06

on a one-year automatic payment plan and

128:10

so we

128:10

think that that implies that we will not

128:15

resume disconnection of water service

128:18

until october

128:20

of 2021 and we believe that that is the

128:24

right thing

128:25

to do for our community in the midst of

128:29

a pandemic now there are other utilities

128:32

in our community who have resumed

128:35

disconnections

128:36

and there are many other water utilities

128:39

in the state of north carolina

128:42

who have resumed disconnections we

128:45

believe that we are leaders here

128:47

and that if we continue to have the good

128:50

support of our community and get support

128:52

of this council

128:54

we believe that and that is a business

128:56

practice all utilities have this type of

128:58

business practice

128:59

but we believe that october 20 2021

129:03

is when we would um resume that practice

129:06

uh in our community and we just believe

129:09

that that's where the community is

129:11

water is related to public health and

129:14

it's just the thing that we

129:15

we want to do for our community

129:20

just like the stormwater fund we do have

129:23

a long-term

129:25

financial plan this is the prediction of

129:28

our

129:29

fy 2020 rate model we do know that

129:33

that manager jones will be presenting

129:36

his official recommendation in terms of

129:40

of a what rate increase preliminarily

129:44

we want to stay within the range of what

129:47

the plan

129:48

has predicted for the water wastewater

129:51

fund and of course that will support

129:53

a 501 million

129:56

fy 22 budget and again

130:00

we are supporting a 2.38 billion

130:04

dollar capital improvement program

130:08

we growth has not stopped

130:11

in our community even in the midst of

130:14

the pandemic

130:15

uh charlotte water um set more meters

130:19

in in calendar year 2020

130:22

than we ever have in the history of of

130:25

the utility

130:26

and so again um you know we

130:29

we are in a community that really has

130:32

uh you know uh demands demands on the

130:36

watering

130:37

and wastewater system and so there um

130:40

hopefully there will be a recommendation

130:42

come forth uh from mr jones according to

130:45

the plan

130:51

is that the last one okay so i will end

130:54

as i begin talking about uh one

130:57

water and division of water waste water

131:00

and storm water

131:01

operating as one and there is a short

131:05

uh video that's about a minute and i

131:07

think 49 seconds

131:09

that will be shown and then we will

131:12

entertain

131:13

questions and on behalf of 1 200 water

131:17

professionals

131:18

in our community we certainly uh thank

131:21

council for your support and so if we

131:24

can get

131:26

calm to go ahead and run a video

131:39

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133:07

really good thank you okay

133:10

um we do have um we're going to have

133:13

questions now and i want to recognize

133:15

council member winston

133:20

mr winston

133:24

yes um thank you first of all i want to

133:27

give a shout out

133:28

to miss angela charles i know she gets a

133:31

lot of props

133:32

um in the business community uh in the

133:34

municipal community but

133:36

you know um you know she's bounced

133:38

around

133:39

as every employee has but in particular

133:42

over the past year from assistant

133:44

city manager um dealing with several

133:46

special projects it seemed

133:47

like mr jones will put her on all the

133:49

special ones and now back as our water

133:51

director

133:52

um i just want to thank you uh uh for

133:55

the way you continue to serve

133:56

our organization and our constituents um

133:59

i

134:00

wanted to ask about uh just just from a

134:03

budgetary

134:04

standpoint um an operational standpoint

134:07

um what are this

134:09

being that this these capital

134:10

improvements are are ongoing and

134:13

and so large i know a couple years ago

134:15

we invested

134:17

in a workforce development um in in this

134:20

area i want to just kind of see kind of

134:22

where our efforts are there

134:23

um and what our continued investment

134:27

um will look like are there any needs or

134:30

is there anything more that we can do if

134:31

we increase

134:33

our investments in that area thank you

134:37

sure thank you councilmember uh winston

134:40

for that recognition recognition and um

134:43

we do have a

134:44

um a great team um in charlotte water

134:47

and in the city of charlotte

134:49

um we do have an apprenticeship

134:51

apprenticeship program

134:53

and we have continued that program

134:56

uh throughout the pandemic

135:00

and so i'm looking here at our data here

135:04

right now we have non-apprentices

135:08

who are currently with us throughout the

135:11

uh

135:12

pandemic and fy 20 we had a 15 water and

135:16

wastewater apprentices and 93

135:19

of those are presently

135:22

employed and so um we do have plans to

135:26

accelerate our apprenticeship program

135:29

uh covet has caused us to slow it up

135:33

just a tad

135:34

but certainly as the community recovers

135:38

and we get what is called herd immunity

135:42

we do plan on continuing

135:45

and accelerating our apprenticeship

135:47

program that's something that we believe

135:49

in

135:49

stronger and we believe that that is our

135:52

workforce

135:53

of the future and what's really nice

135:54

about this

135:56

is that we were already dipping our toe

135:58

into storm water so now that we are

136:00

aligned with storm water

136:03

we do plan on expanding our uh

136:06

program to include uh folks in this

136:09

stormwater sector also

136:13

all right thank you and if if there's

136:15

anything that we can do

136:18

from a budgetary standpoint or council

136:20

guidance standpoint

136:22

to strengthen and accelerate that work

136:25

beyond our current capabilities i hope

136:28

we will

136:29

agree to do that thank you thank you mr

136:32

winston thanks

136:33

for reminding us that we have been doing

136:36

this work around

136:37

workforce development for years and and

136:40

really appreciate that

136:41

um comment mr phipps

136:47

yeah i was uh i was just uh curious

136:50

about

136:51

uh mr davis talked about the several

136:53

hundred thousand dollar

136:54

i guess that's reduction in revenue as a

136:57

result of the covet

136:59

uh pandemic what i wanted to get a feel

137:03

for is

137:04

like in as much as we've had a lot of

137:07

people working from home

137:08

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137:10

um and i guess that that meant that

137:12

water usage

137:14

was way down in our office buildings

137:17

uptown

137:18

i mean you know no no not a lot of hand

137:20

washing going on uptown

137:22

not another commodes being flushed or

137:24

whatever

137:25

but did i mean how much of a gap

137:29

did we see between the loss of that kind

137:33

of uh

137:34

water usage uptown with everybody

137:37

working at home is that

137:38

is that was is that what's reflected in

137:40

that 700 000

137:43

reduction or i'm just trying to get a

137:46

feel for

137:46

that you know did we measure the gap in

137:49

in water usage as a

137:50

as a result of our change in work status

137:55

uh yes i'll take that when councilmember

137:57

fitz

137:58

the uh 700 000 refers to this storm

138:02

a water fund now in the wastewater waste

138:06

waste water wastewater fund i can't talk

138:09

to stephanie

138:09

in the water wastewater fund we are

138:12

projecting a gap of somewhere between

138:15

7 to 10 million

138:18

and us some of that is you know what we

138:20

call deferred

138:21

revenue that we will be collecting later

138:24

on now

138:25

our consumption has remained relatively

138:28

flat

138:29

and that's mainly because folks stayed

138:32

in our community

138:34

so even though the water usage may not

138:37

have been

138:39

in a tower in uptown charlotte we were

138:42

still

138:42

getting water usage throughout the

138:45

different premises and dwellings

138:47

you know in the community the gap

138:51

is mainly due to council member phillips

138:54

to folks not paying

138:58

and so we have been aggressively

139:02

contacting folks in our community we

139:05

developed a customer care program we're

139:07

one of the few utilities and i don't

139:09

know if any yet

139:11

in the nation who's made a commitment to

139:13

contact

139:14

every uh customer who's eligible for

139:17

disconnect we have we are picking up the

139:19

phone and we personally contacted

139:22

over 11 000 people in our community

139:26

using uh charlotte waterfolks and folks

139:29

from other city departments to uh tell

139:32

them about

139:33

um funds that are available

139:37

in our community to help with water bill

139:40

assistance

139:41

so um that's a long way to you know long

139:44

way around to your answer we have

139:48

consumption is flat okay

139:51

we do see a gap due to covet

139:55

the gap is mainly due to

139:58

uh folks being delinquent

140:02

in uh paying their bills

140:05

the plan is and we're executing that

140:08

plan

140:09

is to contact all 16 000 folks

140:12

in our community and and inform

140:16

them of programs uh in our community to

140:19

help with water bill assistance

140:21

so we have partnerships with over 16 000

140:24

folks

140:25

um nonprofits not really folks but

140:27

nonprofits in our community

140:30

to assess i mean to assist people

140:33

with their water bills and i think a

140:36

lesson from kovit

140:39

is that we need a charlotte water

140:42

foundation a utility

140:44

our size serving the number of people we

140:48

serve in the region

140:50

i should have a non-profit established

140:53

to create those partnerships

140:56

out into the community and whether we're

140:59

in a pandemic

141:00

mode or not um we we need to have

141:04

something more formalized

141:05

uh to to help our folks who are

141:08

struggling

141:09

with their bills so we've got a team

141:11

working on that that's this

141:13

one idea that um we've pitched to mr

141:17

jones that

141:18

now is the time that is a lesson

141:21

for us and then that's something that we

141:23

would continue to have no matter what

141:26

the economic situation is in the

141:29

community

141:32

okay thank you it's it's i have to say

141:35

miss charles that i to hear that kind of

141:38

thinking

141:39

as we know that we're coming to a place

141:42

that perhaps

141:43

we will be able to begin to reopen

141:47

but it will be different and and your

141:49

solution is one of those things that i

141:51

think would be an example of change

141:53

that's a very positive

141:54

as a result of this pandemic mr dreggs

141:59

thank you mayor i think this is one of

142:02

those rare occasions where i can

142:03

wholeheartedly agree with mr winston

142:06

um we really need to recognize the

142:08

outstanding performance of charlotte

142:10

water during covid

142:12

uninterrupted supply of clean water uh

142:15

the efforts they've made to protect

142:17

people

142:17

the financial capacity that enabled them

142:20

to shelter people

142:21

from shut off so ms charles to you and

142:24

your team congratulations

142:26

i i did have a question about stormwater

142:29

in the past we talked about stormwater

142:31

in terms of backlogs and things like

142:33

that and there was a whole narrative

142:34

around

142:35

tears and curves and backlogs

142:38

we've made huge progress since then

142:40

which again i think is a great credit to

142:43

the team and mr davis explained how

142:46

we've accelerated projects

142:48

but do we have any update on what those

142:51

waiting lists look like now or what the

142:52

status is of service requests that

142:54

that are still in the pipeline thank you

142:58

sure thank you for that question um so

143:01

in in the budget committee discussion

143:03

that question was raised and we're

143:05

compiling a report that will give all of

143:06

council kind of a complete view on that

143:09

um what i would just say sort of you

143:11

know painting with a broad brush

143:12

is part of what we're achieving with the

143:14

reforms to the program

143:16

is that we're really changing

143:19

um everything about the way we do

143:21

business in terms of what qualifies for

143:23

work in the first place

143:24

so we're kind of attacking it on both

143:26

ends and i can get into sort of

143:28

what i mean by that if you would like

143:30

this detail

143:31

but on the one hand while we are trying

143:33

to

143:34

make sure we're consistent and using

143:37

some discipline and what qualifies for

143:38

our work

143:39

as i mentioned in the presentation we're

143:41

also ramping up our capacity to be able

143:43

to resolve what we had as outstanding

143:45

so as i mentioned we had about 1700

143:47

projects

143:49

that we think we can get done in five

143:51

years

143:52

but as of course we are resolving those

143:54

there will continue to be new

143:56

new needs that arise when the end of

143:58

that five years occurs

144:00

our capacity to resolve

144:03

um new repair requests that come to us

144:05

that need our attention

144:06

will be greater than the volume of work

144:09

that is coming in

144:10

so what what that allows us to do what

144:13

we've talked about in some other

144:14

conversations

144:14

is shift what we've called an asset

144:16

management approach

144:18

we really get away from thinking about

144:19

backlogs and instead begin to think

144:21

about what do we know about our system

144:23

where do we need to make proactive

144:26

interventions and the maintenance of

144:27

that

144:28

system so that overall we're able to

144:30

maintain it

144:31

at a lower cost of the program but we

144:34

have to kind of be able to retire that

144:35

backlog as you say

144:37

um and so that five-year plan lets us do

144:39

it and we think we'll be

144:41

better than certainly far ahead of a

144:43

steady state by the end of that

144:44

five-year period

144:46

that's great work thank you thanks mike

144:48

all right thank you mr drakes

144:50

miss johnson

144:53

thank you mayor i would also like to

144:56

congratulate miss charles she does a

144:58

great

144:58

job and it's and it's great to hear that

145:01

charlotte waters making

145:03

an intentional decision to

145:06

to extend the um the

145:09

the moratorium on shutoffs and and to

145:12

work with the public

145:13

um even after the federal government

145:16

lifted that

145:17

because um we know that covet is a virus

145:20

there were people that were struggling

145:22

before

145:23

and there are going to be people that

145:24

are struggling after so i i

145:26

hope that that this that this pandemic

145:30

has made the nation and

145:34

government organizations more empathetic

145:36

to

145:37

individuals who were who were in

145:39

situations where they needed

145:40

you know housing and rental assistance

145:43

and and

145:44

assistance with the utilities so i

145:47

definitely i would support that

145:48

foundation

145:50

and i wanted to ask is that something

145:52

that we are going to discuss

145:54

adding to this this budget conversation

145:57

mr jones so a couple things thank you

146:01

miss johnson um

146:04

one i'd like to jump on the angela

146:06

charles bandwagon

146:08

also and that she said something that's

146:11

very interesting the uh

146:13

quarters of opportunity being a favorite

146:15

of mine and

146:16

she should take credit for a very

146:18

contentious

146:19

discussion we had in the 15th floor

146:22

conference room

146:23

which actually led to the courthouse

146:25

opportunity

146:26

i say all that as a backdrop and thank

146:29

you angela

146:30

is that the same type of

146:34

effort around our employees whether it's

146:36

in water

146:37

or storm water or in solid waste as

146:40

rodney spoke

146:41

about earlier is a part of the entire

146:44

organization so as we go with our job

146:47

study

146:48

and being an employer of choice

146:51

or best place to work you can

146:55

be rest assured that in the budget that

146:57

i present to you

146:59

and i guess it's may 3rd we'll have

147:01

components around our employees

147:03

that are consistent with what you've

147:05

heard today but not just

147:07

from a department aspect but the entire

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enterprise

147:14

okay miss johnson

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we we can't hear you

147:23

miss johnson

147:28

can you hear me now just you just barely

147:31

um but you were speaking we could see

147:33

that you were trying to

147:34

um you must have been muted so if you

147:36

started your beginning

147:38

thank you that that that answers my

147:40

question thank you

147:43

okay thank you all right mr bakari

147:47

yeah i just wanted to um just recognize

147:50

mike davis and the team um you know

147:53

it can be easy in this unsexy work of

147:56

storm water and things like that to just

147:58

breeze by it

147:59

but um the the magnitude of that work

148:02

cannot be overlooked and for those of

148:05

you who we came in at the same time

148:08

um you know almost four years ago

148:12

we were sitting at in with an

148:14

unsurmountable

148:15

problem of a mountain in front of us and

148:18

while there's still a lot of work to be

148:19

done

148:20

this is very a promising direction of

148:23

some

148:23

tough decisions and some hard work

148:25

that's needed to be done for a long time

148:27

that's that's getting done so i just

148:29

don't want to

148:31

move past this point without just a

148:32

moment of recognition uh and now back to

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white work mike

148:37

all right thank you mayor pro tem

148:42

likewise i just want to thank mike and

148:43

his team for their responsiveness

148:46

and their hard work on a very um often

148:48

unpopular

148:49

um and the unpopular decisions they have

148:52

to make and take

148:53

and he's been really responsive to

148:55

requests i've had

148:57

to go out and see uh citizens and to

148:59

look at

149:00

situations that are really difficult so

149:02

thanks to

149:03

mike thank you and your team

149:06

thank you all right so that

149:10

is um the conclusion of our workshop

149:13

topics for

149:14

today our next um budget workshop is

149:17

april the 7th um and then i think after

149:20

that it becomes a part of the manager's

149:22

work to bring us a recommended budget so

149:26

with that if um having no further topics

149:29

to cover

149:30

um we're going to adjourn this workshop

149:33

and be prepared for the

149:35

um next meeting i guess next monday

149:38

no not monday miss jackson said no no

149:42

no not monday so whatever it is thank

149:44

you very much

149:46

the 15th thank you very much everyone

149:48

have a great evening

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[Music]

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do

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you

About Strategy and Budget

The Strategy and Budget Department​ is responsible for the development and oversight of the City of Charlotte's annual operating budget and five-year Capital Investment Plan.

Strategy and​ Budget provides policy and management analysis, coordination of the City Council's business agenda and administration of the organization's performance management and strategic planning processes.

Discussion topics included:

Shared resident feedback from the city-held series of "Meet & Eat" events at different locations. Top resident priorities included housing and neighborhoods, transportation, economic development, public transit and police.

General Fund (preliminary revenue and expenditure information on the General Fund)

Highlights of Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) proposed FY19 budget, which was presented to the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) in January 2018. CATS is not recommending a fare increase for FY19.

An overview of the general debt model, current Community Investment Plan (CIP) programs and a status update on select CIP projects.

General discussion on pay and benefits for city employees, policies and recruitment strategies.

Download and review materials from the workshop>>

Watch the full budget workshop>>

​​The second fiscal year (FY) budget for 2019 was held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Discussion topics included:

The City of Charlotte as an "employer of choice" by:

  • Providing better pay and benefit options, including how to fund citywide salary increases; providing incentives and retiree health benefits; and providing new medical plans and paid parental leave.
  • Reviewing cost estimates for police and fire employees pay.
  • Establishing funding for long-range capital investments program through the Community Investment Plan (CIP). CIP is used to guide the planning, design and construction of neighborhood projects such as roads and sidewalks. Discussion about the CIP included building public safety facilities and making long-term investments in neighborhoods with a focus on:
    • The city's plan to build six new police stations.
    • Important infrastructure needs such as affordable housing, roads and city facilities.
    • Balancing the budget.

Download and review workshop materials>>

Watch the full budget workshop>>

​On April 11, Charlotte City Council held the third and final scheduled budget workshop for fiscal year 2019. Three major things came out of the discussions:

  • Potential rate increases for Charlotte Water, Storm Water Services and Solid Waste Services to continue existing service levels and meet the demands of a growing city.
  • Re-evaluating some previously planned large capital projects to ensure our infrastructure projects align to current community needs.
  • Continue support for community organizations who provide services that support the city's goals and objectives such as housing programs and after school programs.

View workshop materials for the April 11 budget workshop>>

Watch the full budget workshop >>  

Council discussed and conducted preliminary votes on adjustments to the Proposed FY 2019 Budget during a meeting on May 30 and a special City Council meeting on June 4.

 

Additional resources:

June 4 special City Council meeting (Video) 
May 30 Workshop agenda (PDF)
May 30 Workshop Part 1 (video)
May 30 Workshop Part 2 (video)
May 30 Workshop Part 3 (video)

 

 

Budget DevelopmentBudget Development
Council Budget CommitteeCouncil Budget Committee
Capital Investment PlanCapital Investment Plan
Financial PartnersFinancial Partners
Performance ReportsPerformance Reports
Economic IndicatorsEconomic Indicators

FY 2021 Adopted Budget

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Charlotte’s Adopted FY 2021 budget plan focuses on demonstrating our resilience as we actively move toward financial recovery and advancing Council’s strategic priorities. The total Adopted FY 2021 budget is $2.55 billion. The total budget Adopted is comprised of the annual operating budget and the Capital Investment Plan (CIP). The annual operating budget reflects day-to-day operations, while the CIP represents large capital outlays over a five-year time horizon.

FY 2021 Adopted Budget

Adopted FY 2021 Budget in Brief

FY 2021 City Manager’s Proposed Budget Presentation

  1. Manager’s Letter

  2. Executive Summary + Overview + Summary Statistics and Policies

  3. Strategic Priorities and Performance Measures

  4. General Fund Departments

  5. Enterprise Funds

  6. Special Revenue Funds

  7. Capital Investment Plan

    1. Introduction and Summary Schedules

    2. PAYGO

    3. Advanced Planning

    4. Transportation, Planning, and Environment

    5. Neighborhood Development

    6. Economic Development

    7. Well-Managed Government

  8. User Fees

  9. Compensation and Benefits

  10. Council Actions

City Council adopts the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

On June 10, 2019, Charlotte City Council voted to adopt the $2.6 billion FY 2020 budget. The budget ​is an action-oriented spending plan that works to ensure an equitable, sustainable and resilient Charlotte. The budget goes into effect on July 1, 2019..

Resources:
Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Adopted Budget Book
Adopted FY 2020 Budget in Brief (PDF)
Adopted FY 2020 Budget in Brief Spanish (PDF)
News release June 10, 2019
Budget Discussion June 10, 2019 (video)
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City Council adopts the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

On June 10, 2019, Charlotte City Council voted to adopt the $2.6 billion FY 2020 budget. The budget ​is an action-oriented spending plan that works to ensure an equitable, sustainable and resilient Charlotte. The budget goes into effect on July 1, 2019..

Resources:
Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Adopted Budget Book
Adopted FY 2020 Budget in Brief (PDF)
Adopted FY 2020 Budget in Brief Spanish (PDF)
News release June 10, 2019
Budget Discussion June 10, 2019 (video)
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​Resources

​Budget cycles

From June to October, the Office of Strategy & Budget works with the Department of Management & Financial Services to close the books on the prior fiscal year (FY). Questions like these are also part of the close-out:

  • Did the city end with savings, where revenues exceeded expenditures?
  • What influenced the local economy and how did this impact the city's financial performance?
  • What are the national, state and local economic trends affecting the city?

​​Each year, October to May is considered budget season, the time of year when City Council and city leaders analyze and review the current budget to create a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

This nine-month process includes a series of budget workshops where proposed expenditures and requests are discussed in detail.