Charlotte city council on the hot seat for budget retreat spending

It is now on city record as the second-most expensive retreat in the last decade.

Charlotte's January budget retreat in Raleigh cost nearly $42,000. Some of the costs included a dinner at Sullivan's Steakhouse...43 of them...at a toal cost of over $2,500 including meals, taxes and gratuities of $336.

The city's hotel bill alone at the Hilton North Raleigh was almost $30,500.

The city also spent $7,000 on a facilitator for the event.

Most out-of-town retreats cost about $36,000.