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Charlotte City Council approves FY17 budget; invests in community safety
CHARLOTTE, NC (June 13, 2016) — Tonight Charlotte City Council voted 9-1 to approve the citywide budget for fiscal year (FY) 2017 totaling $2.45 billion.
The adopted budget balances the increasing resource needs of the city associated with our thriving community against the constraints caused by pent-up demand from previous consecutive years of limited revenue growth. The budget implements the Mayor and Council's strategic priorities in a cost-effective manner to provide the core services upon which our community relies.
"I appreciate City Council's work in passing a budget that holds the line on taxes, enhances public safety, and helps spread opportunity to all corners of our city," said Mayor Jennifer Roberts. "In addition to putting 63 more police officers on the street, this budget includes a concrete step toward our goal of raising the minimum wage of city employees to $15 per hour as well as supports mentoring and out of school time programs for disadvantaged youth."
This budget enhances Council's highest priority, public safety. It adds 88 positions (63 sworn, 25 civilian) to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and 18 firefighters for a new ladder company in the Northlake Mall area. The budget also fully funds the council's compensation philosophy including the public safety pay plan and a new career path for hourly employees.
Operating and capital budgets for Enterprise Funds (Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), Charlotte Water and Storm Water) were also approved with only one rate increase. The adopted budget includes a Charlotte Water rate increase of $2.54 per month for a typical user in order to sustain a high quality drinking water system and environmentally sound waste water treatment.
The five-year Community Investment Plan (CIP) totaling $4.1 billion was also adopted. This program matches the high priority needs of our growing community with a financing plan that focuses on livability, getting around and job growth. The program invests in neighborhoods, housing, roads, storm water, water and sewer infrastructure, transit, sidewalks, bikeways, the airport, public safety and maintenance facilities. A bond referendum in the amount of $218 million is planned for the fall of 2016.
The city's adopted budget is structurally balanced and sustainable, fully meets the city's financial commitments and maintains sufficient reserves to protect the city's triple–A bond rating. This budget does more than merely ensure that expenditures are within revenues, it also weighs the multiple policies that must be harmonized to achieve Charlotte's vision as a safe and thriving global community.
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Other Council Actions
Bojangles' Coliseum Renovations
Council approved $3,300,000 for a second phase of renovations to Bojangles' Coliseum. Phase one of the project was completed in October 2015 which included improvements to seating, sound system, concession areas, locker rooms and scoreboard prior to the Charlotte Checkers returning to the coliseum.
The second phase will renovate the exterior of the building and improve utilities. Work includes:
- Building a 3,150 square feet storage building
- Constructing new outside plaza space extending the main ticket entry
- Repairing sidewalks adjacent to the building, steel curtain wall window mullions, cast-in-place concrete columns, beams and wall panels
- Installing new mechanical, plumbing and electrical work associated with the storage building
- A partial replacement of existing HVAC equipment
- Installing new sports lighting controls and house lighting in seating bowl
- Renovations and improvements are expected to begin July 2016 and be complete by October 2016, prior to the start of the 2016-2017 Charlotte Checkers' hockey season.
As a part of Charlotte Douglas International Airport's expansion, city council approved several items addressing increased passenger traffic and growth. This includes:
- A $234,700 design contract to expand the existing Long Term 2 parking lot to the north and east, adding approximately 1,700 paved spaces.
- A change order in the amount of $125,771.15 for the removal of additional contaminated soil and four storage tanks found during the removal process for the West Ramp Expansion Phase 1 project.