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Attorney wants Charlotte council cited in tax move

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte attorney wants a judge to find the city council in contempt of court for its decision behind closed doors to support a tax hike to pay for improvements at the home of the Carolina Panthers.

Paul Whitfield filed a motion in Mecklenburg County Superior Court Tuesday, also asking a judge to fine the city $1.4 million for violating the state's Open Meetings Law.

Charlotte City Council voted 7-2 in a closed meeting in January to increase the tax on prepared food and beverages from 1 percent to 2 percent. That would have provided $144 million of the $300 million that the Panthers say are needed to make improvements to Bank of America Stadium.

City Attorney Bob Hagemann said the city didn't violate the law.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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