Two city councilmen want state Republicans to overturn the city’s new budget.
They wrote a letter against the 7 percent property tax.
Councilman Warren Cooksey and Councilman Andy Dulin sent a letter to House Speaker Thom Tillis and the entire Republican caucus asking the state to intervene in the tax increase.
They admit their request is slightly absurd, but argue that if the state doesn’t get involved in city taxes, where does it draw the line with appointing an authority to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport?
The two councilmen argue the state should not transfer the ownership of the airport to an appointed authority.
They said they hope their letter illustrates the absurdity of the state getting involved in city matters.
“I hope that they will back out, take a breath and remember their core principals of local government, state government and staying out of everybody’s way,” said Dulin.
Other councilmen are chiming in on their letter. Councilman Michael Barnes sent Channel 9 a statement saying, "The people of Charlotte elected us to make decisions for the city of Charlotte, that includes our airport. Our job is to do what's right for Charlotte, not to ask the legislature to intervene because some people don't want to invest in our city."
Channel 9 tried to contact Tillis to find out what action they will take if any, however, Tillis has not answered.