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Charlotte's mayor talks General Assembly, city budget

Charlotte's mayor, Dan Clodfelter has been on the job for about two months. He took the oath after those stunning accusations of corruption, leveled against now former Mayor Patrick Cannon.

During a one-on-one sit down interview with WBTV's Jamie Boll on Tuesday, Clodfelter says he's enjoying the new job.

"I'm very pleased with how the city has responded to [the Cannon investigation]," Clodfelter told WBTV. "Really didn't miss a beat."

Now that he has settled in, we talked to the mayor about many things, including what his former colleagues are doing in Raleigh.

Many think the General Assembly is meddling into too many local issues.

"I hope they'll spend most of their time, or all of their time on those important state level issues and not worry about the local issues," he said on Tuesday. "Let us worry about the local issues."

The key local issue right now, the city budget. It was unveiled earlier this month. It's a $2.1 billion plan that increases spending by 6.5-percent.

"We can afford it as long as revenues remain as healthy has they have been," Clodfelter said. "No tax rate increase in that."

But there will be some fee increases, like for water.

"Well what is happening in water and sewer as the city is trying to stay ahead of the game on maintenance, repair and replacement so we don't have a major infrastructure collapse,"  he said.

And the mayor says there are needs all over the city, but he's most worried about the middle ring neighborhoods around uptown, like areas around the old Eastland Mall. 

"That is an example of perhaps we waited a little too long to pay attention so one of the things we got to do is pay attention to areas before they start to decline," Clodfelter told WBTV.

When asked about booming areas, such as Ballantyne, that feel they are a big part of the revenue stream to the city but don't see the resources in return, Clodfelter had this to say.

"One thing I would remind folks is an awful lot of infrastructure was put in place that enabled those neighborhoods to develop and grow." 

The mayor says he wants open dialogue on all these issues.

During the process of selecting a mayor, there was talk the person picked should be someone who will not run in 2015.

But Clodfelter says he's actually thinking about running for a full-term. He says city council never made it a pre-condition for him to take the job.

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