CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS/Charlotte) — Former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory has voiced his disapproval over a proposal that would use property taxes to fund the controversial streetcar project.
McCrory, now the Gov. of North Carolina, sent a warning to Charlotte officials earlier this week that if property taxes are allocated to the streetcar project, it could jeopardize Charlotte’s chances of obtaining state funding for a light rail expansion.
The light rail expansion, which would extend to University City, would need to be funded by a $250 million state grant.
McCrory issued the warning to Charlotte’s City Attorney Bob Hagemann and Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble.
Current Charlotte mayor, Anthony Foxx, who is a proponent of using property taxes to fund the streetcar project, was undoubtedly annoyed by McCrory’s “threat.” In a public statement, Foxx said that he was “outraged” over what he considers a threat.
Mayor Foxx seemed bothered that McCrory chose to relay the message through city staff members, instead of to Foxx directly. But don’t worry mayor Foxx, if Gov. McCrory wants to get in touch with you, he knows the mayor’s phone number by heart!
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte