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Cary holds line on taxes in new budget

Posted June 25, 2010

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— The Cary Town Council on Thursday approved a $348 million budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year that maintains the local property tax rate at 33 cents per $100 valuation.

The budget, which spends 3.7 percent more than the 2009-10 budget, includes 12 new positions. Four people will staff the new Cary Community Arts Center, which is scheduled to open next spring, and the police department plans to hire three officers for a neighborhood crime prevention program and a fourth to patrol the new Mills Park Middle School.

Thirty-one vacant positions have been eliminated with the passage of the budget, which officials said would save Cary $1.5 million.

The budget also includes $128 million for the state-mandated Western Wake Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, $2.7 million for street improvements and other transportation initiatives and $700,000 for park renovations.

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  • veyor Jun 25, 2010

    Good grief, does that mean Cary's leaders are smarter than those in Washington?

  • Another Perspective Jun 25, 2010

    It's easy to grin...when your ship comes in...and you've got the stock market beat. But the man worthwhile...is the man who can smile...when his shorts are too tight in the seat!
    Judge Smails

  • BigUNCFan Jun 25, 2010

    All you Cary lovers who bash Raleigh, listen up.

    Cary has a much lower population figure than Raleigh and they have a heck of a lot less lower income people to provide services to than Raleigh does. It is easy to crow about how great things are when you have virtually no low income population that you have to provide services to. All of your citizens for the most part are high wage earners who pay in a lot of taxes and almost no citizens that drain out more than they put in.

    It is easy to do things when you have that situation.

  • finz2drght Jun 25, 2010

    "Why is it that Cary can do this without raising the taxes and without cutting services?
    Yes, I am very glad to live in the town with the lowest tax rate in Wake Co."

    Maybe it's because we don't have Meeker running things! I agree - I'm proud to call Cary home. For Cary haters -- we have great services in our community, low taxes AND we have an abundant supply of water during an extreme drought! Funny how Raleigh leaders can't be innovative without learning from the right way to handle money, water, recycling -- from who?? CARY!

  • chfdcpt Jun 25, 2010

    Why is it that Cary can do this without raising the taxes and without cutting services?

    Yes, I am very glad to live in the town with the lowest tax rate in Wake Co.