Folks ask city council for more funding

By Tom Roussey - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Monday night a packed house came out to the government center as folks told the city council their opinions on next fiscal year's proposed budget.

Most folks who spoke want to increase the amount of money in a bond package for affordable housing.

As it stands right now, voters would vote on a bond package worth $10 million later this year.  But many folks came out to ask the city council to make that $30 million.

Speakers said if voters passed a $30 million bond package, it would put more affordable housing in the city and help decrease the number of homeless people in Charlotte.

Also coming out were three speakers on behalf of the Children's Theatre of Charlotte.  For this fiscal year, which ends June 30, the Children's Theatre received $285,000 from city taxpayers.

Right now the city budget calls to cut that amount by nearly $100,000 for next fiscal year, which starts July 1st.  Over three years the amount would be phased to zero.

Representatives of CMPD officers and firefighters also asked the city council for raises, something police and fire employees did not get last year.