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By Richard Rubin, The Charlotte Observer, N.C. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 4--Charlotte faces a $12 million budget hole and a growing pile of needs.
Everything that residents and elected officials want -- new police officers, more frequent road resurfacing, better enforcement of neighborhood rules -- must squeeze into a suit that looks one size too small.
The city released its first 2005-06 budget projections this week. The city's general operating fund will be $399.5 million, but it will cost $411.5 million for Charlotte to keep its programs and give raises to employees.
"There's not a lot of room for anything other than …