Monday, May 11, 2009
The mayoral candidate writes "now is the time to help each other as best we can," in a letter to Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.
Charlotte City Councilman Anthony Foxx has scheduled a news conference this morning to discuss his plan to ease the school system's budget shortfall.
His idea: Send $4.7 million from Charlotte's now-defunct speed camera program to the school system.
Foxx outlined his proposal in a Friday letter to school board members and Superintendent Peter Gorman.
Click here to read Foxx's letter.
Foxx says in the letter he will make his recommendation at tonight's council meeting.
The city's speed cameras were turned off in 2006 after a court decision involving red-light cameras in High Point. The N.C. Court of Appeals ruled that a provision in the state constitution requires most of the fines to be turned over to the schools; rather than raise local taxes, Charlotte turned off its cameras.
Most of the fines collected from speeders in Charlotte and High Point were being used to pay for the programs. - Doug Miller
Posted by Doug at 10:50 AM