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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx met behind closed doors on Monday with fellow democrats against the streetcar project as is. Foxx introduced two proposals to them. He hopes one of them they can agree on. There has been much drama over the streetcar project. And the mayor wants it to end.
One proposal includes a three cent property tax hike. That would support the streetcar and his other proposal would include a two cent tax hike, not supporting the streetcar.
At large council member Beth Pickering was in the meeting. Her response to the proposals.
"I haven't had a chance to look at it," Council member Beth Pickering said. "But we'll certainly look at it by the end of the week to see where we are."
The mayor realizes there is not enough support for the streetcar and he is willing to compromise. He said he can support a capital improvement budget with or without the streetcar.
"This has never been about me," Foxx said. "I don't vote on the budget. "This is about the council to see if they can come to a consensus across lines that has been entrenched over the past several months."
The council is scheduled to decide December 17th whether to approve a streetcar project, not approve it, or do nothing.