City leaders decide to wait to make decisions on taxes, streetcar project

by: Jason Stoogenke Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Charlotte city leaders could have made some decisions about your taxes and the streetcar on Monday, but once again, chose not to.

They tabled it in June, tabled it in September, tabled it in October, canceled the November meeting at the last minute and tabled it again Monday.  They're holding off on making a list of building projects not just until after the holidays, but until spring -- a full year behind schedule.

"It will take time, but I think we can get there,” council member Claire Fallon said.

But this seems unbelievable to many city residents who are hoping for six new police stations, Bojangles' Coliseum redevelopment, and especially the streetcar extension. 

"Well, we're all, all obviously very impatient,” Mary Klenz said.

Mayor Anthony Foxx is, too. 

"At some point, we do have to make a decision,” he said.

His mind's been made up for months, but he doesn't get a vote.  So Eyewitness News asked the ones who do: City Council members.

Council member James Mitchell Jr. said, "I wouldn't use the word stalling.  I think we heard from our citizens loud and clear that a property tax would be very detrimental to them.  We were very sensitive to that."

Council member John Autry said, "We can continue to kick this issue down the road, but continuing to kick it down the road doesn't help move this city forward."  He still voted with the group to tackle this later because, he felt, he would have been outvoted anyway. 

A lot has to do with taxes.  Council hasn't raised taxes in six years, and many believe it's hesitant to break that streak.