Charlotte city leaders finally settled on a budget: no tax hike and no billion-dollar list of neighborhood projects either.
Council members voted on a watered down budget, one that would have raised taxes and paid for some projects. But Mayor Anthony Foxx wanted something stronger -- higher taxes to pay for more projects -- and vetoed it.
"I would call them leaky roof type challenges that, if we don't start to address in an aggressive way, I think we're going to have bigger challenges down the road,” Foxx said.
Instead of trying to override his veto, City Council came up with an even more basic budget.
"Maybe we need to go back to the drawing table and get this right and figure out how do we help the whole community," said council member David Howard.
They voted to keep taxes steady and hold off on deciding whether to pay for any of the construction projects they have been talking about, including streetcar funding and redoing Bojangles’ Coliseum.
Many of those projects, including some big ticket ones, would have been on the east side of town, where Stefan Willis says he's lived for 19 years.
"I wanted all of them. But the fact that they actually came up with nothing here tonight, it was this huge circus,” Willis said.
City leaders plan to head back to the drawing table in September.