Charlotte Residents Say 'No' to Income Tax

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

For those who attended the Charlotte City Council meeting, Tuesday night, it was a resounding 'No' when it came to a city income tax.

"The income tax is anti-business," said one speaker.

Another speaker added, "It's personal for me. I resent that someone is going to come in and pick my pocket."

Part of a public hearing, those concerned about the issue had a chance to say their opinion before the council decides whether or not to put the tax on the November ballot as a way to fix city roads.

The tax would bring in an estimated $1.1 to $1.5 million, while collecting a standard one percent of income from those who live in the city and a half-percent from those who work there.

It's a concern for Neal Rohrs, who owns a business in Charlotte, but lives outside.

"I find it very frustrating that I'm going to be taxed," he said. "It's going to be put in an election by people I can't vote for and in an election I can't vote in."

Another issue is that those on retirement or social security won't have to pay the tax; a problem Charlotte resident Anna McAtee was happy to bring up.

"They're going to be exempt from a lot of this, so that hardly seems right to my generation to be burdening us with a tax that they'll get out of," said McAtee, 24.

In the end, it all comes down to the issue of how to fix the roads, which are mostly in 'poor' condition. That's why Ben Phlegar is for the tax.

"It would be a steady source of income," he said.

The council didn't vote on whether or not to put the issue on the ballot, Tuesday. It has until the end of August to vote.

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