CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Bob Morgan, recently suggested a new Mecklenburg County tax as an option to help fund a new stadium deal for the Carolina Panthers, according to a county commissioner.
At-large commissioner Pat Cotham said she was sitting in the audience when Morgan floated the idea during a Chamber business event at the Ballantyne Hotel on Feb. 28.
Cotham told Channel 9 investigative reporter Paul Boyd that she raised her hand to object to the idea and “nip it in the bud” before it gained any traction.
“He just said, ‘Some kind of tax,’ and I just said, ‘No,’” Cotham explained.
The three-term commissioner said the tax idea was solely focused on helping keep the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte. The NFL franchise is being sold, and new ownership is expected to seek tax dollars from multiple levels of government to upgrade their 22-year-old stadium or build a new stadium altogether….
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