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New City Manager recommends City move forward with streetcar

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

New Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee is recommending that the city move forward with the streetcar extension plans that have deeply divided City Council.

In a plan he's unveiling Monday night, he says his endorsement is based on a feeling that Charlotte has a window of opportunity open to it now to secure a lot of federal funding. His implication – that Mayor Anthony Foxx will serve as a prop to that window if he is confirmed as President Obama's next Secretary of Transportation.

Carlee says that if the city can obtain 50% of the funding from the federal government, the remaining portion can be paid through reallocating unobligated city funds.

In a memo to council members, Carlee writes that  his "staff has concluded that the City's $63 million local share is well within an amount that can come from the non-property tax revenues of sales tax, interest on investments, vehicle rental tax, and other non-property tax revenue."

City Council continues to discuss Carlee's ideas. Tune in to WBTV at 11pm for the latest.

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