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​Chief Financial Officer Randy Harrington and ​Interim Budget Director Kim Eagle join Cass Bonfiglio to explain key features of the FY2016 City budget that Charlotte City Council adopted on June​ 8, 2015.

Related documents

News release: Council adopts FY2016 City budget (June 8)

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Special meeting notice from Mayor.pdfSpecial meeting notice from Mayor
June 1 budget documents.pdfJune 1 budget documents
collapse Date of meeting : 5/26/2015 ‎(3)
Council Scenarios Packet.pdfCouncil Scenarios Packet
May 26 Straw Votes Packet.pdfMay 26 Straw Votes Packet
Post Budget Adjustment Scenarios 5-26-15.pdfPost Budget Adjustment Scenarios 5-26-15
collapse Date of meeting : 5/18/2015 ‎(4)
District Attorney memo.pdfDistrict Attorney memo
User fees presentation.pdfUser fees presentation
May 18th Budget workshop agenda.pdfMay 18th Budget workshop agenda
May 18 Council Budget Workshop packet.pdfMay 18 Council Budget Workshop packet
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QA Packet for May 12 Distribution.pdfQA Packet for May 12 Distribution
QAs from May 6.pdfQAs from May 6
Revised Tax-Fee Proposal.pdfRevised Tax-Fee Proposal
collapse Date of meeting : 5/6/2015 ‎(2)
May 6 Workshop packet.pdfMay 6 Workshop packet
Q and A Packet.pdfQ and A Packet
collapse Date of meeting : 5/4/2015 ‎(4)
Budget presentation.pdfBudget presentation
Budget book.pdfBudget book
Budget overview.pdfBudget overview
Pay and benefits recommendation for FY16.pdfPay and benefits recommendation for FY16
collapse Date of meeting : 4/17/2015 ‎(3)
April 17 agenda.pdfApril 17 agenda
April 17 Budget Workshop Packet.PDFApril 17 Budget Workshop Packet
FAQs April 17 workshops.pdfFAQs April 17 workshops
collapse Date of meeting : 4/8/2015 ‎(5)
April 8 workshop packet.pdfApril 8 workshop packet
Handout 1 updated agenda.pdfHandout 1 updated agenda
General fund presentation.pdfGeneral fund presentation
Financial partners handout.pdfFinancial partners handout
CIP materials.pdfCIP materials
collapse Date of meeting : 2/25/2015 ‎(2)
Feb 25, 2015 Council Budget Workshop Agenda.pdfFeb 25, 2015 Council Budget Workshop Agenda
Feb 25 Storm Water presentation.pdfFeb 25 Storm Water presentation

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FY2016 budget FAQs

Why does the City Manager's recommended budget propose a tax increase?

​A modest tax increase is being proposed as just one of the several strategic budget adjustments needed to help close the $21.7 million dollar budget gap.  For homes below $267,000, (approximately 80% of homes) the adjusted tax rate results is a decrease to the property tax bill.   

How will the property tax increase work?

The property tax increase is comprised of three components that together total to a 1.76 cent property tax rate adjustment (per $100 valuation): 

  • ​0.99¢ is added to convert the $47 per year single-family residential Solid Waste fee to a property tax equivalent rate that will generate the same level of revenue. 
  • 0.36¢ is added to cover increased costs associated with residential recycling, multi-family refuse collection and increased maintenance for Solid Waste Services collection trucks.
  • 0.41¢ is added as the adjusted "revenue neutral" tax rate that would have been included in the FY2012 budget had the revaluation been correct.  

The proposed recommendations call for an increase in user fees. What are user fees?

​User fees are fees paid to the City by those users who need specialized services such as construction project plan review and inspections. New user fees proposed will cover inspections for fire, historic district review fees and plan fees.  The cost of providing user fees services is currently 16.7 percent subsidized by the General Fund property tax payers, and that subsidy is reduced to 6.2 percent in the FY2016 Recommended Budget.   ​​​​​

Are fees increasing for Storm Water and Charlotte Water? And if so, by how much?

​Storm Water Services

61 percent of Storm Water Service customers will see no change in their monthly bill.  For the 29 percent of residential customers in Tier Three, the monthly variable rate fee will increase $3.91 per month.  For the 10 percent of customers Tier Four, the monthly fee will increase $11.78.

Charlotte Water

Water and sewer rates will increase $1.55 per month for the typical user. The rate increase reflects changing economic and regulatory conditions such as new state laws and Clean Water Act requirements.

Why is additional staff being recommended under enterprise funds and capital investments? Where will these people be added?
The enterprise funds generate their own revenues; they are not supported by property taxes. Increased service demands created by a growing and vibrant community coupled with a changing regulatory environment drive the need for more resources in enterprise departments.
  • ​Aviation will add 49 positions in business services, building maintenance and security.
  • Charlotte Area Transit System adds 35 positions for maintenance, start-up and testing of new rail cars for the Blue Line Extension Project.
  • Storm Water Services position count increases by 16 to address the growing backlog of capital maintenance projects
  • Charlotte Water's budget includes an additional 22.25 positions to respond to the regulatory environment and increased water and sewer service demand

  • To implement the expanded Community Investment Plan program, as approved by the citizens in the 2014 bond referendum, nine positions will be added and funded by the capital program (bonds).

  • Within the General Fund, there is a net reduction of 100.75 positions that were already frozen or vacant.​

Why is staff getting any compensation adjustment during this budget shortfall?

​Market data indicates that other public and private organizations plan to offer a 3 percent average pay adjustment in 2015. Due to the budget shortfall, the City will not be able to keep up with this level. However, the City Manager has recommended a 0.75 percent market adjustment for sworn public safety staff plus 2.5 percent or 5 percent steps, and a 1.5 percent merit budget for all other employees. Though reduced, this pay plan is an essential investment in our employees and will help us recruit and retain. 

What are the next steps in the budget process?

The Mayor and City Council will review and discuss the City Manager's recommendations in work sessions over the next few weeks and heard from residents and at public hearing on May 11. See the schedule at the top of the page for upcoming workshops.