This Week in Charlotte: City Budget, UDO Changes, Holidays
A year ago, Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones’ proposed fiscal year 2022 budget included big changes to how Charlotte City Council works.
Namely, he dedicated more city money to the arts and shifted funding for arts groups from the Arts and Sciences Council to the Foundation for the Carolinas as the first step in a new approach to supporting local arts.
This year, Jones is expected to present his fiscal year 2023 budget proposal at 5 p.m. Monday. While no such big change in strategy has been reported, there’s still potential for surprises in how the city plans to allocate the money.
For 2022, Jones proposed a $2.7 billion budget that included a 3.7% budget increase for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, a 3% wage increase for city employees (as well than 50% raises for council members and a 41.5% salary increase for the mayor), and $14 million marked to invest in Opportunity Corridors.
That budget was approved by city council more than a month later by a 10-to-1 vote.
Upcoming UDO revisions?
Mayor Vi Lyles called a special meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday to discuss the Unified Development Ordinance with city council, Gordon Rago of the Charlotte Observer reports.
They will discuss several topics in the 608-page document that will become the rules of what can be built where in Charlotte for years to come. A revision that came late Friday was a change in how the city plans to regulate short-term rentals.
Rago wrote, “The Charlotte City Attorney’s Office has recommended refraining from proposing short-term rental regulations ‘at this time,’ according to an email from the city.”
A week of celebration
When it comes to festive and meaningful events, this week is full of them. Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of fasting, Ramadan, is Monday.
A not-so-real holiday, but also a day generally recognized as “Star Wars Day” is Wednesday. (May the fourth be with you.)
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France on Thursday at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War…but has come to mean plenty of taco deals in the United States.
And don’t forget mom: next Sunday is Mother’s Day, and CharlotteFive has already compiled a list of 13 places to take her for brunch or dinner.
City, county government
Charlotte City Council: The Charlotte City Manager’s proposed budget presentation for fiscal year 2023 will take place at 5 p.m. Monday. The meeting will be broadcast on the government channel and the city’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
Mecklenburg County Council Commissioners: The board will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. The meeting can be watched on the government channel or online at watch.mecknc.gov.
▪ Attend the third annual Crave Charlotte Food and Wine Festival May 3-8, showcasing the work of the city’s chefs, mixologists and winemakers. Ticket prices and locations vary by event. www.cravelt.org
▪ Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with live music, food trucks, face painting and more Thursday at the Metropolitan from 5-9pm https://bit.ly/38jdX9g
▪ Charlotte FC returns to Bank of America Stadium to host Inter Miami at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Former English footballer David Beckham is the co-owner of Inter Miami.
▪ The Charlotte Knights hit the road to take on the Gwinnett Stripers in a six-game game in Lawrenceville, Georgia, starting Tuesday.
▪ The Charlotte Checkers, defending AHL Calder Cup champions, enter the divisional semifinals next week, but do not yet know their opponent. Still, tickets for the home games went on sale last week. Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday May 14, with Game 4 on May 16 and Game 5 on May 18 if necessary. See charlottecheckers.com for more information.
▪ Typically, it’s Wells Fargo PGA Tour Championship week in Charlotte. However, Quail Hollow Club are preparing for this year’s Presidents Cup in September. This temporarily moved Wells Fargo to Potomac, Maryland this week.
▪ Hip-hop supergroup Mount Westmore — made up of West Coast rap legends Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, E-40 and Too Short — make a stop at the Spectrum Center at 7 p.m. next Sunday.
▪ Mexican rapper Pato Machete and Panamanian ska/rock greats Los Rabanes headline this year’s “Tacos, Chelas y Rock” Latin rock music festival. 5 p.m., May 7. Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave. Tickets: $35.
▪ The weekly live music series River Jam returns to the US National Whitewater Center this Thursday-Friday. This week’s 7 p.m. shows will feature Lord Nelson, Bill & the Belles, Kaleta & The Super Yamba Band.