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Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee to outline budget cuts Monday

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee will make his recommendations Monday night for balancing the city’s budget.
Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee will make his recommendations Monday night for balancing the city’s budget.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee will unveil his recommendations for closing a nearly $22 million budget shortfall.

Carlee has so far outlined some ideas to cut the budget and raise more money, including canceling a garbage collection fee and substituting a small property tax increase in its place.

He also has proposed budget cuts to most city departments, including police and fire.

The city’s budget problems are a result of the General Assembly repealing the business privilege license tax, which cost the city $18.1 million. The recent countywide property revaluation also caused the city to lose an estimated $14 million.

The city has some new revenues that came from new construction and an increase in sales tax revenues.

Carlee’s proposal to scrap the $47 per household garbage collection fee was met with mixed reaction from council members.

Carlee’s plan would raise the property tax rate by 1.5 cents per $100 of valuation. That would cover the $9 million that was raised by the garbage fee, along with an additional $4.5 million.

Carlee said he proposed the tax rate increase because commercial property owners don’t pay the garbage fee. They would be affected by the tax rate increase, however.

The city has said that 80 percent of homeowners would pay less for garbage service if the fee were switched to a tax.

The budget recommendations will be made at 7 p.m. at the Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St.

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