Mayor Anthony Foxx is in Washington, D.C. His office says he is there for the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter leadership meeting.
Foxx is also on a list of about 30 mayors from across the country who will meet with lawmakers to talk about the impact of sequestration at a local level.
From the Capitol, Foxx told the nation that what is happening in Washington has him concerned about the Queen City.
He told MSNBC that he is concerned about schools, cuts at the airport and to transit projects
"The problem we have as mayors is that when this decision doesn't get made in Washington, people come to our doors looking for help and the cities are the last back stop so for us this is very, very critical and we need Washington to get to work," said Foxx in an interview on MSNBC.
When asked if the city would consider raising taxes to offset the loss, Foxx responded, "We may have to. It depends. Obviously we'll have to think about it."
Taxpayers Eyewitness News spoke with say that is not news they want to hear.
"The biggest concern is being able to take care of my family and pay my bills," said Kendall Blanding of Charlotte.
One woman says that seeing her mayor, on a national scale, makes the impact really hit home.
"I think it's a good thing for him to get out there and send this message. This is a big deal. It's a big deal to everybody," said Kendall Leeson of Charlotte.