Council Quickies: Budget Hearing Gives Glimpse at Residents’ Priorities (Queen City Nerve)

City Council budget hearing May 13

Charlotte City Council met for an action review, budget hearing and business meeting on Monday night. Much of the meeting was taken up by a public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2025 budget, which City Manager Marcus Jones presented to council on May 6.

About 75 people signed up to speak for Monday night’s forum, with almost all of them discussing one of six topics: affordable housing, city worker wages, overcrowding at the animal shelter, bicycle infrastructure, tenant rights or arts funding.

Eric Zaverl with Sustain Charlotte asked that the city fund a more comprehensive connected bicycle network in the city. “A bicycle network makes cycling a viable transportation mode … People aren’t going to choose to ride a bicycle if it isn’t safe and convenient.”

Read the Queen City Nerve recap.