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The project logo City of Charlotte Annual Budget Community Input Survey

The project logo City of Charlotte Annual Budget Community Input Survey

INTRODUCTION

The City of Charlotte seeks your input as part of the annual budget development process. Charlotte City Council sets the priorities for using city dollars. This fiscal year, Charlotte City Council and the city manager face unique budgetary challenges due to the current economic conditions resulting from COVID-19. Your input will help develop a budget that is responsive to the community's needs and preferences. 

INSTRUCTIONS

This survey is comprised of two parts. Part one looks at the city's Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 General Fund and General Capital Investment Plan (CIP), and part two requests input on initiatives aligning with the city's current Strategic Priorities. The survey should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Please visit the official City of Charlotte website (www.charlottenc.gov) to learn more about your city government. 

The City of Charlotte appreciates your feedback! 

Please note the City of Charlotte Budget does not include funding for Mecklenburg County services such as Public Schools, Public Health, Social Services, or County Parks and Recreation. 

 

Are you a City of Charlotte resident?
Yes
No
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CITY OF CHARLOTTE FY 2022 BUDGET SURVEY

PART ONE: THE CITY'S GENERAL FUND AND GENERAL CAPITAL INVESTMENT PLAN BUDGETS 

The city's General Fund is a central fund that is the principal financial support for such basic municipal services as the police and fire departments, housing and neighborhood services, and general government operations (e.g., mayor and city council, solid waste, economic development, finance, and other internal services).  The General CIP supports the construction of affordable housing, roads, intersections, sidewalks, bike lanes, city facilities, and economic development initiatives. 

The Adopted FY 2021 Budget and FY 2021 - 2025 CIP total approximately $2.55 billion (net of transfers). Of that adopted budget, the FY 2021 General Fund and General CIP budgets equal $965.9 million.  

Where does the money come from?

General Fund and General CIP funding sources include property and sales taxes, licenses and fees, utility franchise sales tax, intergovernmental transfers, voter-approved bonds, asset-supported debt, Pay-As-You-Go cash, and other revenue. 

How are these funds allocated?

As seen in the chart below, various city departments make up the general fund. The services provided by these departments include public safety services, solid waste services, housing and neighborhood services, along with many others. 

FY 2021 General Fund and General CIP Expenditures 

Total: $965.9 million ($ in millions)

General Services, $24.0, 2%| Housing and Neighborhood Services, $19.9, 2% | Police, $290.2, 30% | Financial Partners/Other, $45.2, 5% |Economic Development, $6.3, 1% |Street Lighting, $9.5, 1%

Fire, $137.7, 14% |Planning, $10.6, 1% | Internal Services, $36.0, 4% | Solid Waste Services, $67.7, 7% | General CIP, $247.1, 26% |Innovation and Technology, $44.2, 4% | Transportation, $27.5, 3%

Which of the following general fund service areas do you believe require additional resources, if any? Such resources could include additional staff, more funding for contracts, or other non-personnel expenses. (Select all that apply)
Police Services
Solid Waste Services (e.g., collection of garbage, recycling, yard waste, bulky waste)
Fire Services
Economic Development (e.g., business recruitment and expansion, talent/workforce development, corridor redevelopment, Opportunity Zones, small business development)
Street Lighting
Planning, Design, and Development (e.g., rezoning, subdivision administration, zoning administration, historic districts, community planning/area plans, GIS/mapping, capital facilities, and urban design)
Housing and Neighborhood Services (e.g., housing services; code enforcement; community engagement; CharMeck311; equity, mobility, and immigrant integration)
Transportation (e.g., street maintenance, traffic control)
Innovation & Technology (e.g., technology that supports provided city services)
Internal Services (e.g., mayor and city council, city management, financial services, legal services)
Financial Partners (Partnerships that support areas of focus for the city and contribute to community enrichment) (e.g., Arts & Science Council, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, Safe Alliance)
General Services (e.g., engineering and project management, city facility maintenance, city real estate)
General CIP (e.g., supports the construction of affordable housing, roads, intersections, sidewalks, bike lanes, city facilities, and economic development initiatives)
None
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If you believe city services require additional resources, how would you treat revenues in order to provide those additional resources? (Select all that apply)
Increase revenue sources (e.g., increase property tax rate, increase sales tax, increase fees for city services)
Reallocate existing funding
N/A
Closed to responses
If you selected to reallocate funding from existing funds to provide funding for other priority programs or services, which of these areas would you reallocate funding from? (Select all that apply)
Police Services
Solid Waste Services (e.g., collection of garbage, recycling, yard waste, bulky waste)
Fire Services
Economic Development (e.g., business recruitment and expansion, talent/workforce development, corridor redevelopment, Opportunity Zones, small business development)
Street Lighting
Planning, Design, and Development (e.g., rezoning, subdivision administration, zoning administration, historic districts, community planning/area plans, GIS/mapping, capital facilities, urban design)
Housing and Neighborhood Services (e.g., housing services; code enforcement; community engagement; CharMeck311; equity, mobility, and immigrant integration)
Transportation (e.g., street maintenance, traffic control)
Innovation & Technology (e.g., technology that supports city provided services)
Internal Services (e.g., mayor and city council, city management, financial services, legal services)
Financial Partners (Partnerships that support areas of focus for the city and contribute to community enrichment) (e.g., Arts & Science Council, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, Safe Alliance)
General Services (e.g., engineering and project management, city facility maintenance, city real estate)
General CIP (e.g., supports the construction of affordable housing, roads, intersections, sidewalks, bike lanes, city facilities, and economic development initiatives)
None
Closed to responses
If you selected to increase existing revenues or introduce new revenue sources, which of the following options would you choose? (Select all that apply)
Increase real property tax rate (currently 34.81¢ per $100 of assessed valuation)
Increase resident fees for city programs
Increase parking related permits and citations
Increase Solid Waste Services fees (currently $67.66 per year)
Other
Closed to responses
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are wide-ranging and have touched every community in our city. If the city receives additional COVID-19 funding, please select the top three initiatives you would prefer to see continued/implemented to alleviate the negative impacts of COVID-19.
Aid for businesses specifically impacted by COVID-19
Aid for residents particularly harmed by COVID-19 (e.g., rental assistance, aid with paying utilities)
Convert sidewalk/street space to outdoor dining
Socially distanced events/programming (e.g., local business fairs, concerts, outdoor art exhibits)
Virtual events/programming (for kids, families, and seniors)
Support for arts and culture initiatives
Reduce the digital divide (e.g., expand access to public Wi-Fi)
Other
Closed to responses

PART TWO: THE CITY'S STRATEGIC PRIORITIES 

While COVID-19 is necessitating a shift in operations to deal with the most immediate needs, the City of Charlotte has five strategic priorities that serve to guide the city's recovery and progress forward. 

The strategic priorities defined by Council will guide decision making and align resource allocation:

  • Economic Development (Economy, Jobs, Upward Mobility) 
  • Great Neighborhoods (Affordable and Sustainable Neighborhoods) 
  • Safe Communities (Safe, Healthy, and Inclusive Communities) 
  • Transportation, Planning, and Environment (Accessibility, Mobility, and Connectivity) 
  • Well-Managed Government (Efficient, Effective, Accountable, Responsive, Inclusive, and Customer Focused) 

The development of the Proposed FY 2022 Budget will be guided by the above strategic priorities with funding directed towards programs and services that support these priorities. 

This section of the survey allows you to indicate what initiatives within the city's strategic priorities matter most to you. 

List the below City of Charlotte Strategic Priorities by importance. (Click to rank highest to lowest, drag and drop to re-order, and click confirm priority ranking)
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Below are 20 initiatives that support the above strategic priorities. Please rank your top five (5) priorities from highest to lowest priority. (Click to rank highest to lowest, drag and drop to re-order, and click Confirm Priorities)
Closed to responses
Please use the following space to provide additional comments you have in regards to the city budget process and your city budget priorities.
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