CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 1, 2017) – Tonight Charlotte City Manager Marcus D. Jones presented the City of Charlotte's proposed Fiscal Year 2018 and Fiscal Year 2018-2022 Community Investment Plan (CIP) to the Mayor and City Council, emphasizing a structurally balanced budget that builds the winning city of tomorrow by investing in neighborhoods, public safety and city employees.
"The proposed budget is positioning the city to become a destination for people to live and thrive in," said Jones. "It adheres to sound fiscal leadership and builds a well-managed government."
The recommended FY 2018 General Fund budget is balanced at $668.5 million with no property tax rate increases for Charlotte residents. The citywide budget (General Fund plus all other operating and capital investment funds) totals $2.4 billion. This year's budget addresses topics in the City Council's Community Letter by aligning resources to support public safety, housing and jobs. It also aligns with the city's five focus areas and the 10 traits of winning cities.
Charlotte's fabric is woven together with a core of strong and distinctive neighborhoods. It is critical to continue strengthening our neighborhoods by promoting comprehensive revitalization, fostering job growth and providing economic opportunities. A total of $11.3 million will go toward CIP FY 2018 investments in neighborhoods, funding projects such as corridor studies and the neighborhood transportation program. Additional CIP investments include funding for code enforcement and Neighborhood Matching Grants.
Ensuring Safety, Trust and Accountability:
As Charlotte grows, public safety remains a top priority for the city. This year's budget not only invests additional public safety resources, but also addresses building trust and accountability by continuing to fund the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and the Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) and their community engagement efforts. The budget will add 62 sworn officers and 25 civilian positions to CMPD. For CFD, $0.9 million will go toward 18 firefighters for a second engine company at Fire Station 42, located in the Eastland Mall area. The CIP budget also includes funding for a new fire station at Clanton Road and Interstate 77. Investments in public safety will help prevent crime and foster safe neighborhoods.
Becoming an Employer of Choice:
Employees are the heartbeat of our organization, and without their input, skills and recommendations, none of our work is possible. To become an employer of choice, the FY 2018 proposed budget includes competitive pay to attract and retain qualified and skilled employees. The city is accelerating its plan to increase minimum pay to $15 per hour in FY 2018. Additionally, merit increases are proposed for all pay plans. Employees will also have new benefit plan choices to fit different needs. To gain employee feedback and involve employees in the decision-making process, a new employee relations committee will be formed.
This budget represents the first of many steps toward creating the winning city of tomorrow. Together, the city and community can create a city where we all can live, work and play.
The next steps in the budget process will be:
- May 8 (5:30 p.m.): Council Budget Public Hearing
- May 10 (1 p.m.): Council Budget Adjustments Workshop
- May 24 (noon): Council Straw Votes
- June 12 (7 p.m.): Council Budget Adoption
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