Half cent sales tax passes in Charlotte

The City of Charlotte held an election for the passing of a sales and use tax raise during November 6 General Election in which 199 voted FOR versus the 149 who voted AGAINST.

“I just want to thank the citizens of Charlotte who voted to pass the sales and use tax, we greatly appreciate the support,” said Charlotte Mayor, Buddy Daughtry.

The sales and use tax was for half a cent in which the city will generate an additional $140,000 in revenue per year.

“As a result, the revenue will be used to fix and repave our roadways as well as our water system,” said Daughtry. “My number one priority, however, is the roadways.”

Mayor Daughtry revealed he has a $1 million budget to repave and repair city streets. He has a five year plan in which $200,000/year will be spent to repair roads over the next five years.

There are four roadways the mayor described as “top priority” to repave and repair.

“I am working with County Commissioner Eliseo Perez of Precinct 3 to pave Bluntzer Rd. that stretches all the way from Jourdanton to Couser St. by the Charlotte football stadium,” he said.

His next priority is to pave the dirt road portion of Rose Blvd. that runs vertical to Bluntzer into town.

“I want the residents on that road to feel like they are a part of the city, which they are, but it doesn’t feel that way to them right now,” said Daughtry.

The third roadway to be repaved is Jourdanton Ave. running in front of city hall down to Ramos Drive Inn.

Finally, he plans to repave Rodriguez Ave. west to east through town to provide better access from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church down to the RC Bar on the far east side of town.

“These four roads are my top priorities right now. I am asking that the citizens of Charlotte be patient with me as we work to better improve the roadways for them. Eventually, we will get to all the streets done with the help of this additional revenue from the sales tax,” said Daughtry.

Mayor Daughtry also mentioned the revenue will benefit the city’s water system.

“We currently have a quarter of a million dollars to remodel the water tower on the south side of town in front of the school. As a result of the sales tax, I will use a portion of that money toward remodeling the tower. We have started to open some bids on the water tower and hope to start getting it fixed this year,” said Daughtry.

Previously, the City of Charlotte was receiving $300,000 per year in revenue. With the half cent increase passed on the November ballot, the city will now generate $440,000 per year.

Daughtry explained the revenue will help his goal of raising the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department’s budget almost triple of what it is now.

“The fire department currently receives $6,000 from the city and $12,000 from the county. I plan to match the county’s budget dollar for dollar on top of what the city already gives them,” said Daughtry. “I cannot thank you, the citizens, enough for passing the sales and use tax. Because of you, we can now realize our dream.”

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