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Taxpayers Upset with Spending Over Light Rail Expansion

By Mark Barber, WSOCTV

May 4 – The Metropolitan Transit Commission voted to spend millions of taxpayers dollars on light rail expansion studies even though lawmakers could cut the federal dollars that would fund those projects.

The commission agreed to spend nearly $4.5 million on the studies to extend the light rail to Lake Norman and Charlotte Douglas Airport.A half-cent property tax for the public bus system has gotten backing from multiple City Council members, putting it on track for inclusion in the July 1 fiscal year budget.The