Politics & Government

Election 2014: Bonds, sales tax and constitutional amendment


Sales tax hike

Voters are asked to consider raising the Mecklenburg County sales tax by a quarter-cent primarily to raise teacher pay, but also to increase pay for faculty at Central Piedmont Community College and help programs at the Arts & Science Council and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Mecklenburg voters to decide on sales tax

Viewpoint: Vote YES on sales tax referendum

Viewpoint: Vote NO on sales tax referendum

Judge or jury?

If approved, the proposed constitutional amendment would allow people charged with a felony to decide whether they want a judge or a jury to hear their case. The proposal would allow “a person accused of any criminal offense for which the state is not seeking a sentence of death in superior court may ...waive the person’s right to a trial by jury.”

Measure would allow criminal defendants to waive jury trials

UNC School of Government: Understanding NC's proposed constitutional amendment

City bonds

In 2013, the City Council approved an ambitious $816 million capital improvement plan, which will build roads, sidewalks, bridges, affordable housing, and police and fire stations through 2020. Voters are asked to consider the first bond package on the ballot, $110.97 million for roads; $20 million for neighborhood improvements; and $15 million for housing.

City Council puts $146 million bond referendum on the ballot