• Taxpayers could pay up to $80,000 for new city manager


    It could cost taxpayers up to $80,000 to hire a new city manager for Charlotte.

    Three search firms have submitted bids to help replace Curt Walton, who is retiring in December.

    The bids range from about $18,000 to $23,000 and max out at around $80,000, plus added expenses.

    Councilman Michael Barnes says he was ready to choose a firm last night, but instead the council voted to send the issue to committee.

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