Charlotte, North Carolina
The city is a major U.S. financial center, and is now the second largest banking center in the United States after New York City. The nation's second largest financial institution by assets, Bank of America, calls the city home. The city was also the former corporate home of Wachovia until its purchase by Wells Fargo in 2008; Charlotte became the headquarters for East Coast Operations of Wells Fargo. Charlotte is also home of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte and its resident county are named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become queen consort of British King George III the year before the city's founding. A second nickname derives from the American Revolutionary War, when British commander General Cornwallis occupied the city but was driven out by hostile residents, prompting him to write that Charlotte was "a hornet's nest of rebellion," leading to the nickname The Hornet's Nest.
|Patrick Cannon||Mayor Pro Tem, At-Large|
|David Howard||Council Member At-Large|
|Beth Pickering||Council Member At-Large|
|Patsy Kinsey||Council Member, District 1|
|James Mitchell, Jr.||Council Member, District 2|
|LaWana Mayfield||Council Member, District 3|
|Michael Barnes||Council Member, District 4|
|John Autry||Council Member, District 5|
|Andy Dulin||Council Member, District 6|
|Warren Cooksey||Council Member, District 7|
|DeWitt McCarley||City Attorney|
|Stephanie Kelly||City Clerk|
|Curt Walton||City Manager|
|Jerry Orr||Aviation Director|
|Rodney Monroe||Director Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police|
|Debra Campell||Director Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning|
|Barry Gullet||Director Charlotee-Mecklenburg Utilities|
|Jeb Blackwell||Engineering & Property Management|
|Jon Hannan||Director Fire Department|
|Patrick Mumford||Director Neighborhood & Business Services|
|Victoria Johnson||Solid Waste Services|
|Danny Pleasant||Director of Transportation|
|Ruffin Hall||Budget & Evaluation Director|
|Chuck Robinson||Business Support Services Director|
|Greg Gaskins||Finance Director|
|Cheryl Brown||Human Resource|
The operating budget represents the second year of the City’s biennial budget. For the second straight year, only a few base operating budget changes are recommended in the General Fund. The General Fund budget totals $552.2 million, a 3.77% increase over the FY2012 revised budget.
As part of the FY2013 budget development process, the City Manager proposed a new CIP to City Council that invests in corridors, increases connections, and improves communities. The proposed investment plan funds $926.4 million in infrastructure improvements from 2012 through 2020, includes four bond referenda, and is funded by a 3.6-cent property tax rate increase – increasing the current rate from 43.7 cents per $100 valuation to 47.3 cents.
The recommended budget includes a 3.6¢ property tax increase to fund these community investments. The recommended property tax rate is 47.3¢ per $100 valuation (for example, $946 annually on a $200,000 home). This increase funds the proposed $926.4 million General CIP over four bond referenda cycles (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018).
The city of Charlotte received $71,267,499 in federal stimulus money in three contracts and fifty grants.
Property taxes account for 64.8% of revenue, followed by sales tax (14.4%), licenses and fees (8.1%), utilities franchise taxes (8.1%) police services (3.3%), and other taxes (1.2%).
- See also: North Carolina state government salary
- See also: North Carolina public pensions
The information was last reviewed on June 12, 2012.
|Transparency grading process|
- The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years
- The calendar of meetings is available.
- Meeting agendas are available, and thoroughly archived.
- Meeting minutes are available, and thoroughly archived.
- Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available
- Names of administrative officials is available, including an organizational chart, but specific contact information including email, phone numbers, and addresses is incomplete.
- Permit and license applications are available for download  and zoning ordinances are available
- The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years
- Bids are posted , including approved contracts over $10,000
- A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location, including a fill in request form
- Tax revenues are available in the budget and tax rates are published
- A “How Are We Doing?” survey option is an excellent feature.
- Administrative officials’ contact information is incomplete.
- A search of lobbying information did not generate relevant results regarding employed lobbyists, memberships in lobbying organizations, and associated fees.
- Official Charlotte website
- Charlotte profile on City Data
- Charlotte's Got A Lot - Official travel site
- Charlotte Wikipedia
- Federal stimulus
- 9, 2011 FY2012-FY2013 City Manager%27s Recommended Budget Presentation.pdf Tax revenue
- Agendas.aspx Agendas
- 2007-2014.aspx Minutes
- MCC Phone Address List - REVISED.pdf Elected officials contact
- Departments Services.aspx Administrative officials
- Permits & Licenses
- CAFR reports
- Vendor lists
- Public records
- Tax rates