The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is a department within the City of Charlotte and was created in 2000 after a successful public referendum in 1998 to fund future transit initiatives. CATS receives funding for the operating and capital program from passenger fares and local, state and federal funds.
The North Carolina General Assembly passed enabling legislation in 1998 to allow the citizens of Mecklenburg County to enact a local sales tax dedicated to public transit. In 1998, the citizens of Mecklenburg County voted by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent to enact a Half-Cent sales tax dedicated to funding public transit initiatives. The citizens reaffirmed this dedicated tax in November 2007 by a 70 percent to 30 percent margin.
Historical Sales Tax Receipts