CHARLOTTE, NC (May 8, 2017) – The Charlotte City Council received feedback from the community tonight on the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 operating budget and FY 2018-2022 Community Investment Plan. Tonight's public hearing was the next step in the approval process for the proposed $2.4 billion budget, which is currently scheduled to be adopted by City Council on June 12.
The next steps in the budget process include:
- May 10, when the City Council will meet to discuss and consider possible changes to the proposed FY 2018 budget;
- May 24, for the Straw Votes meeting for consideration and final direction to the City Manager; and
- June 12, when the budget is scheduled for adoption during the City Council business meeting.
State law requires local governments to adopt a budget by July 1 of each year.
The FY 2018 proposed budget has no property tax increase and maintains the current FY 2017 tax rate of 47.87 cents per one hundred dollars of assessed value. The proposed budget also includes $3.4 million to fund 91 positions in police, including 62 sworn positions, four additional Airport law enforcement officers, and 25 civilian positions.
Stay updated throughout the budget season and download budget materials by visiting the city's strategy and budget website.
Other Council Items
Extraordinary Events Ordinance
During Monday's dinner briefing presentation, City Council received an update about the Extraordinary Events ordinance.
City Council reviewed the Extraordinary Events ordinance in February, including the ordinance's origin, substance and usage. Based on feedback from the City Council, the City Manager's Office, together with the City Attorney's Office and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), drafted an ordinance that would repeal the current Extraordinary Events ordinance and amend the Picketing and Public Assembly ordinances to prohibit a list of items that can be used as weapons in large event settings.
Some of the prohibited items under the amended ordinances would include hammers, rocks, bricks, fireworks, projectile devices and knives. The amended ordinance would also allow several items that were once prohibited under the Extraordinary Events ordinance. Items no longer prohibited would include aerosol containers, spray guns, spray paint and throwing objects without a permit.
City Council is set to vote on the proposed changes during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 22.
The Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development
City Council voted to approve the Housing and Neighborhood Development Committee's recommendation to accept the FY 2018 Annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development.
The plan includes housing and community development needs and resources for the City and Regional Housing Consortium. The Regional Housing Consortium is a partnership among the City, Mecklenburg County and the towns of Cornelius, Pineville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Huntersville and Davidson.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development mandates the development of an Annual Action Plan to receive federal funding for housing and community development activities. The FY18 Annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development is the City's strategy for the use of federal funds in providing housing and community development activities.
The Plan, which follows the federal fiscal year (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30), supports the City's housing policy to preserve existing housing, expand the supply of low and moderate-income housing, and support family self-sufficiency.
Racial Equity Institute Contract
City Council also approved a contract with Racial Equity Institute to offer racial equity workshops. This initiative aligns with City Council's Letter to the Community, which is about helping the community come together to make Charlotte the best city for all.
CMPD has partnered with Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ) since 2010, serving on RMJJ's Leadership Team and participating in the Racial Equity Workshop. RMJJ partners with the Race Equity Institute (REI) to facilitate Racial Equity Workshops within the community.
Under this contract, REI will reserve seven seats in each workshop to be designated by CMPD as follows:
- Five sworn CMPD officers
- One non-sworn CMPD employee, and
- One community leader selected by CMPD.
The contract will be for the initial term of one year, with the city manager authorized to renew the contract for up to three one-year terms.
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