City of Charlotte Releases Proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Budget
Cory Burkarth
Cory.Burkarth@charlottenc.gov
5/2/2022
FY 2023 Budget

Highlights of the proposed FY 2023 budget include:

  • Plans for our future through the $226 million 2022 bond:

Additional Budget Highlights

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everyone after a beautiful weekend with a little bit of rain yesterday welcome to the
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charlotte city council's budget session
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today this beautiful day of may the second this meeting is being held in accordance
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with all of the rules and regulations that we have for a public meeting and we
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hope that those of you who are watching or watching us on the government channel to face our city's facebook page or our
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youtube page we're going to begin a very important part of the governmental process today
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with our budget but before we begin i'd like to have the city council members
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that are in the space as well as the staff have our introductions as we usually do
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to open any of our meetings and then we will go to those members that are participating virtually
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so with that we'll start with our city deputy city clerk
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billy tons deputy city clerk lena james deputy city attorney
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braxton winston at large greg phipps at large
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julie eisel at large mayor pro-tem vilal serving as mayor
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ed driggs district seven malcolm graham district two victoria watlington district three
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teresa smith sievo julia martin city manager's office ryan bergman budget director
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donated jackson office of constituent services marie harris strategy and budget
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okay cunningham mayor's office all right i believe that's everyone in the room besides all of our great media
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that do the coverage today as well as others that are joining us so we'll now go to the council members that
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are online and the staff online as well or the participating virtually
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larkin eggleston district one renee johnson district four
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matt newton district five patrick baker city attorney
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all right thank you everyone um this day i always like to think about it
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as you know the may that begins the process for the city to develop an overall budget
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this is an opportunity for the manager as well as his existing team
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to put together what they believe is necessary for the city to operate efficiently as well as effectively given
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the priority set by the charlotte city council and so with this day what we do allow is
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the manager to present the budget to the council and then
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we accept it and as after we accept this recommendation we begin to scrutinize it
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and look at it to see how it meshes with what we've talked about over the years um and what we're going to do
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and so today the manager presents and then at the end of the session the council begins its work
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so it is my pleasure first to say thank you to the budget staff that has worked with
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us so closely to do this and to thank the many employees that participate in the process we know it's not done alone
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and i'd also like to recognize ed driggs who chairs our budget and effective governance committee who has worked with
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you with all of the team continuously mr driggs thank you madam mayor
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we have conducted a number of meetings in the budget committee as well as workshops on council to
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review the various topics and provide input to the manager from the council on
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our priorities uh the members of the committee are myself as chair uh dimplejamer as vice chair mr bakari
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council member isil and council member phipps um so we have talked about the enterprise
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funds about cip about the general fund and today we're going to hear from the
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manager his result his takeaway from those meetings and mr manager i look
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forward to hearing what you have come up with and with that madam mayor we're ready to proceed all right thank you
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very much again i want to state that the manager will present the council will receive the information but at the end i
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believe the manager will address how the community can engage and involve and be a part of what's this what this
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important decision is for us so with that i'm turning it over to mr jones
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thank you mayor and members of council we have a a title of this year's budget
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presentation in the budget emerging stronger together and as i start to think about what we've gone through over
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the past few years i would say that the the work of our city employees is
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nothing short of amazing the guidance that the council has been able to give to
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team charlotte in terms of what your priorities are have really helped us weather the storm through some very
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difficult times as a city as a nation as as throughout the world so with that
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said i'll start off with where we are in the budget and it's a 3.24
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billion dollar budget that i am presenting to you tonight so i know uh you've been thinking about a 2.7
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billion dollar budget so let's just dive into that big number for the most part
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when we think about the general fund the general fund is only growing by 4.5 percent we'll
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talk about that as i go through the presentation what you will see is general bonds
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growing at 226 million if you start to think about it that's your your cip we
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didn't have a bond in this current fiscal year we'll have one in fy 23 as
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well as our enterprise capital funds another 146 million dollars in terms of
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infrastructure projects so that is what's really driving
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for the first time the city to have a budget that's more than three billion
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dollars or 3.2 billion dollar budget so building on this intentional plan it's
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interesting as we start to look at the last two
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budget covers and the one that we have now again we've been intentional we have
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been trying to get covert behind us so that we can emerge
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stronger than we went in prior to covet but the key is that we've never really stopped working and again you're going
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to hear a recurring theme for me tonight and it's all about our great employees
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during the recovery you heard a lot of concepts about going back to work we never stopped working if you start to
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think about it 75 percent of our employees do not have a hybrid option or anything option other
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than going into the office or into the trucks with the vehicles every day
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and so as we start to think back to january 2020 we had all of these great
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ideas and i'll never forget as this council was sworn in in december 2019 you talked
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about not bright shiny objects but what can we do throughout our entire community and i think we've really been
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able to strike a balance even with covet some of the big items that you've
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discussed we've made progress on those but also we have been able to engage in this community and do much more than big
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projects on the left side you'll see operations in general we never stopped
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on the right side i call this you know one of those success stories back in 2019 we began a career training academy
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where individuals with barriers to employment we created our own pipeline
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in the city of charlotte 50 individuals it took us until uh 2021 to actually
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have the graduation ceremony even though they graduated six months into it but 36
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of those 50 individuals you know came in attendance in this room to that
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graduation ceremony they're still energized about being a part of team charlotte and i think what has worked
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for us is a mixture if you will of patience and urgency and i'll show you in some instances where the patience has
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paid off and i'll show you in some instances where the urgency is also paid off everything begins with your priorities
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and it really guides us so we are very appreciative that these really don't fluctuate from year to year during the
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fall strategy meeting you reaffirm these priorities and i'll just use one example
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if you look at the corridors of opportunity they are basically a primary
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relationship with direct impact all the way across all of the committees and all
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of the priorities and if you take the intersection between the well-managed government and our core services we take
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these the direction from the council and we attempt to and we think we're successful in providing the best
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municipal services in the country so what happened over the course of the last year advancing those priorities
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through a well-managed government some of the big items that occurred is that you create a pathway for arts and
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culture you begin the community discussion on higher charlotte where we're going to match our residents with the
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jobs that are there today as well as the jobs of the future you deployed housing trust funds you approve the charlotte
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future 2040 plan you assess begin the assessment of the transformational mobility network and you launch the safe
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charlotte initiatives which cities around the country are looking at what you've done in terms of
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safe charlotte reimagining policing but also in the well-managed government aspect
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we did not use any of our operating operating reserves there have been no layoffs we maintain our aaa bond rating
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through all of this as i've mentioned earlier we've continued to deliver exceptional core services and this team
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has also over the three-year process identified more than 13 million dollars of savings
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5 million dollars in fy 23 alone that's important because as we start to talk about how we redeploy funds one of the
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things that you've said to me it's initially okay how do you first make sure that you're getting the best
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outcome for the resources that you have prior to asking for additional resources and i will tell you that being able to
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use the one-time federal funds for one-time purposes has also helped us
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and we've done it all without a tax increase and spoiler alert there's no tax increase in this budget
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so putting the federal funds into the community that sense of urgency you will recall the cares funds and how
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almost 60 percent of those community investments went right out into the community during the pandemic
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but also about 41 of those funds have been used for city operations we were able to keep
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our employees safe we were able to make sure that our buildings were safe so that as we were continuing to work
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through the pandemic we could do it with employees in mind this first tranche of arpa funds which
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we received last may 85 of those investments have been planned to go out
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in the community and these are the investments that we have been talking about for instance housing and homelessness 17
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million workforce and economic development 16 million and community vitality 27 million and you have
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approved a good portion of the community vitality bucket over the course of the
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last couple of few months fifteen percent of that has been for city uh operations so
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what i'm proposing is for us to continue to use phase two arpa funds which we'll get
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this month to the tune of about 71 million dollars somewhat in those same areas
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for to help us with city operations and city employees but also
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for community investments and i'll go into these in a bit more detail what i
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do want to point out is that as we start to look at cities across the country for the most part in these arpa funds the
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national average has been about 38 for operations we are only recommending or suggesting
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22 so again opportunities to get more of these funds out into our community
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during that same period of time i would say we solidified our capital planning process
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remember as we started this process of a year and a half or so ago we were coming to the
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end of the 2014 four bond cycles and we wanted to make sure that we had good
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planning for the next four bond cycles each bond cycle before then
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was accompanied by a tax increase a property tax increase so if you go back to 2007 those
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it tends before bond cycles ends to be three they were made possible with a 2.67 percent
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property tax rate increase same thing 2014 they were made possible with a 3.17
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property tax rate increase what we're seeing is as we move forward for this next four bond cycles we're doing this
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without a property tax increase so how is this possible
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a lot of the success has been around our advanced planning fund in other words being able
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to get to 30 design before we put something in the budget has really helped us we solved uh lingering issues like the
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cross charlotte trail i'm hoping this is the last budget presentation that i'll miss that i'll mention the cross
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charlotte trail but it's important because that you know you have to have a level of
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trust in the community that your estimates are going to be correct as you start to ask individuals to vote on
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certain bond issues and we also established the steady state affordability again this
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for this bond package with with four bonds is
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to do this without a property tax increase so let's talk a little bit about the proposed 22
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capital improvement plan when we started this in the budget workshops as mr driggs mentioned earlier
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we basically had 198 million planned for bonds and 50 million planned for cops or
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these certificates of participation and with cops for the most part is that buildings and fleet and things of that
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nature we had 50 million set aside for housing 29 almost 30 million set aside for
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neighborhoods and 118 million set aside for transportation
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as we have gone through this process refined our numbers we believe we have an additional 37 million dollars of
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capacity and i will talk about how i am proposing that we spread that additional
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37 million for capacity which would move your steady state up to 285 million
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dollars again if we start to look at these next four bond cycles we would start off with
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285 million dollars in each one of the bond cycles and tonight i'm only
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proposing that or making recommendations of how to allocate that additional 37 million
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and the fy 23 bond but leave the capacity in the out years
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mainly because i think what's worked well is this last year where we've been able to present
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a bond to you we've had a chance to talk about it and then it's the next year where you're actually having a vote on
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whether or not to prove it which approve that bond and so i would just say in terms of the budget and governance
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committee there will be a lot of activity for fy25 fy27 and fy29 because
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we're not making recommendations in terms of using any of their capacity affordable
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housing 50 million dollars is what's in the current plan and i am recommending that we stay at
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the 50 million dollars one of the things that's important is that
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we look at the momentum that has occurred over the last two bond cycles when we jumped up from
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15 million dollars to 50. and so while there's been a lot of discussion
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about the last 20 years i think it's important to note that nearly 50 of the units created and preserved were funded
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through the last two bond cycles so having said that with a proposed 50 million bond for 2022
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you would have three consecutive bond cycles at 50 million dollars and i believe that's where we're starting to
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see some of the success affordable housing there's also a
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holistic approach so while we have the 50 million dollars that's in the bond there's a lot of work that's happening
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with the great neighborhoods committee the nest commission and the equitable development commission
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and it's important for us as we move forward to make sure that we are reevaluating
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how we use trust fund dollars but also how we go about addressing issues such
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as anti-displacement so we've engaged the community in the council and we have a pilot in three
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neighborhoods hidden valley washington heights and winterfell and that pilot of about four and a half
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million dollars we're focusing on the tools now toolbox and refining those so
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what we're doing is exploring new ways with home ownership assistance
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comprehensive rehab acquisition rehab and resale and maybe most importantly working with the united
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way as we work on resident support services so a lot of work for the great neighborhoods committee but as we
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prepare for what the council has been discussing which i'll call the fall summit
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as we start to review what's going on with our trust fund policies as well as many of
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these commissions and committees i'm proposing that we take the residual
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of the 8.5 million dollars that we had an fy21 and fy 22 for corridors housing
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program the 17 million that we have in tranche one of arpa and i'm proposing
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that we use 30 million in tranche 2 of the arpa
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allocation for 55 and a half million dollars of support for staying in place
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in strategic partner initiatives that's over and above the 50 million dollars that's in the bond but it's giving us
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resources because if we're going to have community-wide discussions about
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anti-displacement staying in place i i know we need resources to have those
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discussions so that's a part of of what's next in terms of neighborhoods we had 29.8
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million dollars in terms of the bonds and i'm proposing that we remain at that level
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one of the things that's important is that a big part of that 29.8 million is investment in corridors about 10
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million dollars of it and if we go back in time in fy 2021
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there was about 24.5 million dollars set aside for our six corridors even though
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we were only in the initial stage of the baby's ford road corridor in west boulevard as we move to fy 22 we jumped
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into i-85 and sugar creek as well as central avenue and albemarle with 14 million dollars going into fy 2023
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we have just the cip allocation so as you start to think about this i would
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think some of the individuals in future corridors are saying well the funds are drying up let's make sure that there are
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opportunities for us to i think that's where it's important that we leverage the public investments with private and
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philanthropic investments too in our quarters of opportunity i talked a bit about what's in the cip but when
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we discuss things like safe charlotte grants and what we're doing in terms of
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wi-fi and some of these communities you can get north of 60 million dollars in the public investment
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there are so many partners in our community wells fargo is investing in the corridors to the tune of 220 million
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dollars fifth third bank working with lisc is investigating in the corridors to the tune of 20 million dollars the
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united way is investing in our corridors the ymca of greater charlotte is also investing in the corridors and the big
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fundraising efforts from the mayor's racial equity initiative when you combine that that's almost 100 million
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dollars that can also be deployed in our corridors as you're seeing less funds
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coming from the public sector transportation infrastructure is where
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i am recommending that the additional capacity goes so not in the
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housing and not in neighborhoods but in transportation so
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this is what the council has built up to this point and i think there's a great success in the planned cip
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the bonds when you start to think about sidewalks what's playing right now is 50 million dollars that's three times more
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than three times what was in the 2020 bond 10 million dollars for congestion
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mitigation and if you will recall we've had in previous allocations about almost
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15 million dollars for places like steel creek in the in what's happening in in
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south charlotte in the university city area we've doubled the money for vision
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zero and we've doubled the bike infrastructure money from 4 million to 8
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million so there's i know there's a there's a strong foundation in our
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transportation system but there's more that we can do there's also two intersections in four
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roads planned in the 2020 between now in the 2028 bond
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and that's almost unheard of to have that level of
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intersections and roads in the cip so we're very proud of the work that's done
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that's been done there as well as how the advanced planning fund has allowed us to do it so the additional capacity
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of that 37 million i'm recommending the 9 million goes to this the cops and that's going to further our
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fire station building program as well as develop the city's first
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all-electric fire station i'll talk a little bit about that more as well as
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our first electric fire truck we're also going to make more
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investments in our strategic energy action plan and that's just through 9 million of the 37 going to cops in terms
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of bonds it was very clear to us during the budget workshop
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that issues like lighting issues like
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vision zero and what we could do in terms of traffic incidents were very important so my recommendation
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is to outside of taking 1.3 million dollars to for additional allocation to the
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railroad project to have a 13.6 million dollars that would be added to the already eight
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million dollars planned for street resurfacing as you will recall
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that cut to the pile bill it's so important to get that restored but right now we can't continue to lose
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ground in street resurfacing and then also another 13.1 million
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dollars that would be added to the four million dollars that we already have for vision zero
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and then another four and a half million dollars vision zero but we wanted to call it out for street lighting that's
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something we've heard over and over again from this bodies that would be a total of 17 million dollars for vision
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zero and some of these investments include pedestrian crossings as well as
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we are having an enhanced focus on safety around our schools
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another priority coming out of the annual strategy session it was jobs how do we connect job seekers to today's
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jobs and the jobs of the future there's a strategic framework that's
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been going through the economic development committee and the council has been getting periodic briefings from
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that and we think there's a great opportunity for charlotte to play a large role in the in the bigger
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ecosystem with that said there's an initial launch the initial
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launch will be a portal to connect our residents to the jobs that are available in the jobs of the future however we're
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also building on our current programs and launching new programs some of our successful programs have been amp up
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which supports small and minority business capacity and what we call next clt which is more or less
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uh firms that graduate from amp up more mid-level minority firms in some
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in other firms but also what's new and we're very excited about this opportunity is with
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the charlotte business inclusion program to set aside the initial eight hundred thousand dollars to address some of the
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issues we've heard from minority businesses and that is access
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to capital in cbi bonding programs we're very excited about being able to get into that space
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which brings me to the next section of the arpa funding tranche too i'm
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recommending 16 million dollars of that allocation to go towards jobs workforce development
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and mwsbes we think that's the right way to use these funds
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an additional priority has been the comprehensive plan so as i mentioned earlier
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the conferences plan was approved you recently approved the policy map and we're moving on to the udl
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but all of those really are around building a sustainable future
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and if there's something to really get excited about is the work that's been happening in terms of
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sustainability there's almost 16 million dollars in cf investments over the last
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three years and there's around seven million dollars in the fy 23 proposed budget i talked about the
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electric fire station and electric fire truck but we're also having the first
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electric pursuit vehicle in police the first ford f-150 lighting electric
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trucks and we're adding 55 electric vehicles those 55 electric
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vehicles will increase our fleet by 45 percent so it's interesting because three years
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ago i don't think we would have been discussing things like fire trucks electric fire
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trucks and electric police pursuit vehicles but uh we've all come along and
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understand and become better understand how this has such a positive impact on our community in
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equity we are adding a hundred thousand dollars to the budget for american sign
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language and spanish translation at council meetings another 4.25 million
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dollars for the ada implementation plan and we continue to work with the environment engagement and equity
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committee because there's so much more work to do in that space
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safe charlotte again one of the i think jewels that have come out of
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this these last two budget process processes and you've seen a lot of good
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work and julia has been able to present that to council one of the things that we're excited about is we're launching
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the civilian assistance respond engage support or cares team
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and it's much like cahoots in portland and star in denver it's low risk mental
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health substance abuse and homelessness calls for service that we're going to have a different way of addressing those
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calls different uniforms different um you know brands and so we're very
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excited about able being able to do that and we're very thankful for receiving an additional 330 000 from the state to do
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that we'll continue with our safe charlotte grant program it's been successful and
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we're also adding two new alternatives to violence sites and that's based on a million
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dollars that we're getting from the federal government so again our city dollars are leveraging other
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funds and it is very helpful for us to continue to advance the priorities of the council
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so now setting the stage to emerge stronger and more resilient organization i hope you enjoy those smiles on the
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faces behind me okay and so it uh represents a a lot of you know what
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we've been going through but it's also the story of working together so let's see what we're able to do for our
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employees i mentioned earlier about the budget and i just want to lock in on the
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general fund it is structurally balanced and it's a 4.5 percent growth and when
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we do a budget we don't just structurally balance for the current year we also do it for fy24 also we
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don't add in which is a policy policy decision anything that deals with compensation so
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i want to make sure that you know that everything that we're doing now it's not hurting us in the future
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also in terms of supporting our region it's important to talk about what fee
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increases we have so no property tax increase in aviation there's not applicable in
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terms of fee increases cats there's no no rate increase there
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but we do want to focus on water storm water and solid waste if you begin
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to add those three monthly average charges it turns out to
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be about 3.75 cents a month or 45 dollars a year
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and so again water 3.5 percent rate increase stormwater 3.8
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and for solid waste it's 92 cents a month so we have a structurally balanced
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budget no tax increase minimum fee increases consistent with previous budgets
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and so now i'd like to spend time a little bit of time talking about what we're able to do with employees once we
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have made sure that their financial house is in order we want to use this lab the second
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trench of the arpan to invest in their employees also so i talked about affordable housing at 30 million jobs
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workforce development in mwsbe is at 16 million but we like to carve out 20.8
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million for our employees more than half of that about 10.8 million would be associated with a
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retention bonus and the other 10 million would help us in terms of some of the hits that we've
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taken to the health care fund as well as continuing to improve our technology for many of our
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workers that have hybrid schedule opportunities
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we worked well with our public safety employees during the past three years and we have made some significant
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improvements we talked with you about this during the one of the budget workshops and compared
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to peer cities we feel that we've made improvements but we also know there's still work to do
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so as we continue to support our first responders in fy23 one of the things that we realized is that in order to
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continue to recruit retain we have to make some changes in terms of the salary structure so first we're boosting the
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starting pay for officers police officers and firefighters and it's a two-step process so i'll just
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race to january so by january of 2023 next january it'll be a 10.5
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starting salary increase for both police and fire we also are going to have a three percent market adjustment for um
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police in pharah they're split between july and january normally you'd have a
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market adjustment 1.5 but given where we are we thought that doubling that would be
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good the step increases will continue at you know two and a half and five perce
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two and a half between two and a half and five percent when the individuals are eligible
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and i talked about using some of those arpa funds so i'll start here with this retention bonus
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so what i'm recommending is that we have a two percent retention bonus
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for all of our employees both the hourly employees the salary employees
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minus deputies and above and also for public safety so the way
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this would work is that on your salary you would get one percent
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in july and you would get another one percent in september
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and so we believe that that would work well in terms of um
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rewarding individuals staying with us but also using those one-time funds
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as a retention we're also going to take the next next steps with public safety as i mentioned
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earlier while we had a three-year plan we're not three years and done we're already talking about concepts of of you
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know reaching top pay or expanding top pay and i feel comfortable that we have this dialogue that allows us to have
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some tough discussions but also to get to places that can help us in terms of public safety
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hourly employees is the one this is the focus that we have a lot of that we've
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talked about you may recall the one of the budget workshops where we saw the turnover in hourly employees
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being much more than our salary employees and even public safety so that's that's our focus so the first
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thing i want to start off with is to to let you know that i'm recommending that
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beginning in january that we moved to 20 an hour for all of our employees and
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that would be all of our 40 hour a week full-time employees
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and we've been on that path for a while and if you start to go back to fy18
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we've almost increased the starting pay by 50 percent over that period of time
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we believe this is the right thing to do for our employees so twenty dollars an hour beginning in january
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you know i learned a great deal sitting with our employees and understanding how we pay them and i admit it it was
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quite an odd experience when you start to think about you know sometimes you would get a
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merit adjustment let's say of of 1.5 in december
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and or an adjustment of 1.5 in december then maybe even wait all the way until june for the other 1.5 percent
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and so he said well let's see how we can change that
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and we're changing that in fy 23 and i'm i believe we can change according to the
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future also so we're going to provide more than twice the standard pay increase for our hourly
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employees so instead of having a 1.5 percent market increase in in december that's
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why should save the market and a 1.5 merit increase during your merit
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date it's just going to be a four percent increase in july and then another four percent increase
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in january which would equal an eight percent increase if you go back and also applied to that
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what we talked about in terms of the retention bonus from the arpa funds then eight percent that's built into
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your pay and then another two percent that's a bonus
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i want to add to that that we're not increasing health care premium costs
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even though we've had tremendous hits to the fun so again we're not going to put something in one pocket take a piece of
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it out of the other pocket so this is a 10 minimum total compensation for
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general general employees but we continue to talk to our employees and realize that that's just not it you know what more
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could we do so we realized that uh there are some things that
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can help the quality of life for our employees in the concept of a shift differential for
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second and third shift and that would be for our general employees and police
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of 2.5 percent we would start that in january i'd love to start it earlier to
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be candid with you just to get the system up and to make sure that we do it the
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right way we just need a little bit of time to get that done but then also we unders we
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it became clear to us that we were training people and we were losing them and certain things are so
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important in this environment such as having a commercial driver's license or cdl
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so what we're doing for those jobs that require a cdl we're going to provide a 2.5
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increase to those employees that require that and that that will happen in july so while i won't do the math in front of
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you if you start to think about it based on the employee and based on whether or not they have
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certain um whether certain shifts they work or whether they have you know like a cdl
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the compensation is much more than eight percent or much more than ten percent
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we're going to take this long-term view of their hourly employees i i just want to thank them and we've
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had a lot of discussions and it's been very helpful to understand
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what makes for a better experience working for the
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city of charlotte so we'll continue to to work with them to see what we can do
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also in fy24 we also are going to reward our salary employees
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typically it's a three percent uh merit pool for the general employees uh we're going to bump it up to four
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percent and there is a no health care premium increase for any of our employees and h2
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we get the two percent bonus uh both in july and in september with a minimum
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being a thousand dollars and we will continue to have our flexible works schedules i think that's important
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as you'll maybe notice that the garage isn't always as full as it has been but
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that also helps us in terms of parking and helps us in terms of some of the things that happen
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in the organization and so whether it's the hourly workers or the public safety pay plan folks or even the
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queen's team members people really wanted not just compensation but they
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want career mobility and career growth and that's what we're going to focus on in this fy 23 budget there's
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opportunity for free associates degree for our employees that do not have that through cpcc
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we're going to enhance our connections with cpc for upskilling and reskilling
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employees and maybe most importantly we're going to launch our own internal portal for our
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employees so that we can have what's called a concierge service where
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if they want opportunities within this organization we can see what gaps are there and how we can
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reskill them or upskill them or grow them to be able to thrive within our organization
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we also heard not only from the council but from employees is that it's difficult to find a place to live in
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charlotte so we are setting aside two million dollars for our employees
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as it relates to down payment assistance and opportunities to live in mecklenburg
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county and this down payment assistance is also conclude closing costs interest
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rate buy downs as well as home education so we are excited about an opportunity to help our employees that way so again
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it's uh it's people it's a priorities and and it's our future
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you've uh i hear this often and i believe in it you know in this community
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for you know our employees we want to make sure they have a good paying job we want to make sure they
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have a great place to live and a way to get there and that's part of what we believe this budget will will help us do
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we still have work to do there are a lot of things that are are happening uh in
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our cip there's more that we'd like to do it's great to say that we didn't have a
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property tax increase but we know that the needs
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exceed the resources that we have so at some point the question becomes
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is there a dedicated revenue source whatever that may be for not just transportation and innovation around
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that but for transit also so i i would just say
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to the council i'm very proud to be your manager this was a
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a big night in charlotte as we set a world record for an mls game
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and that's kind of as i start to look at this wonderful workforce that we have and diversity
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that we have and how we work together it's moments like that that make it great makes it
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makes me really feel great to be uh the city manager and to be a part of this team i think mayor i get to end it
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on oh i want to thank everybody who played a role
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in uh this and we'll do this again hopefully when you adopt the budget uh
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especially the the finance team the budget team the manager's office and all the directors
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who have really worked hard to get us to where we are today so the next steps
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there's a budget public hearing on monday budget adjustments
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are on the 11th straw votes the 25th and the budget adoption is may 31st
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what's important is that if there are any comments on the proposed budget
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there is this link here's the strategy and budget at charlotte
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nc is where any questions could come up or comments we'd like to make sure we
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can get those to you during the public hearing or right before the public hearing monday and
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this is where i get to see this mayor and council
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this is no longer our budget we are turning it over to you
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and we will provide you with any information or assistance that that you need as it
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relates to that but thank you and it's your budget thank you mr jones and to the entire
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team from the council member committee to the budget office to all of the people that
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make this possible this council is very grateful for the level of expertise and and the level of
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commitment to being an efficient government as well as an effective government and so we appreciate this it
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is the first opportunity for people to begin to read and review the first public hearing as the manager
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said is on monday may the 9th so we really do want to have the opportunity
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for people to read and you can comment on the budget actually it's been it's released now is that correct
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that it's available for your review right now online if you're in our community any resident
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interested if you'd like to have some participation a presentation around it please contact the strategy and budget
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at charlotte nc so that we can work with you to understand the recommendations
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that the manager has made i'd also like to comment on budget adjustments for the public that is the
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opportunity for the charlotte city council individually and collectively to suggest things that they would like to
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see done differently in the manager's budget and we keep that list the staff does the research and then on may 25th
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we have straw votes about any change that we would make to the existing recommendation and that is that leads us
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to may 31st for the budget adoption so with that we now have a budget i am
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assuming that the staff is going to distribute a copy of that or do we need to go online as well and mayor i'm sorry
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right quick before i made a typo it should be strategy and budget at charlottency.gov
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and we'll change it on the online part so just thank you yes thank you so much we got that up pretty fast
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charlottence.gov thank you or come or whatever it is you know or
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so that's great thank you for doing that um for reminding us of that so media you got it so you know to put the dot thank
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you very much you know there are always some people to correct us and they we rely on them they sit over
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here most of the time so um so with that um we
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are ready to get the information begin the process and um with this do i have a
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motion to adjourn so i think this is a virtual meeting so i
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have a roll call vote mayor pro tem yes ms samira mr bakari yes mr drake yes mr
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eggleston yes instagram [Laughter]
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what did you just say yes okay miss johnson yes
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mr phipps yes mr newton yes miss watlington
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mr winston yes all right with that this meeting is now adjourned thank you very much for your your all of your
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opportunities at the record show i changed my vote to no please as well [Music]
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