According to a city memo, Gov. Pat McCrory said if the city continues with a plan to extend streetcar transit using money from property taxes, state money for the light rail extension to University of North Carolina at Charlotte could be at risk.
McCrory thinks only the transit tax should fund transit projects. That's $250 million hanging in the balance.
Councilman Michael Barnes agrees using only property tax for streetcar is a mistake, but he said the comments don't help.
"He's essentially pouring gas on a fire. He knows how difficult the whole issue has been for Charlotte." Barnes said.
The governor's office told Channel 9 on Friday it's getting harder to support funds for light rail, stating, "When the city is exhibiting that they have additional money for other projects outside the approved process through the (Metropolitan Transit Commission)."
Councilman Andy Dulin agrees.
"As governor, he represents everybody in NorthCarolina, and it's his job to watch the money," Dulin said.
Mayor Anthony Foxx's office sent this statement to Channel 9: "No one knows better than Gov. McCrory what the telephone number to the mayor's office is. It's particularly alarming that he would choose to deliver messages to city staff, particularly messages that contain threats. He is governor of the state, and there are a host of issues - tax reform, health care. Why the governor would choose to place focus on a transit project, particularly one contained in a transit plan that he voted to implement makes no sense. This memo certainly confirms a threat that's been hanging out there in the shadows for several months."