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Cary raises taxes with new budget

Posted June 28, 2013

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— The Town Council approved a $307 million budget Thursday for the new fiscal year that starts next week, including the first tax increase in Cary since 1989.

The 2-cent increase to Cary's property tax rate, to 35 cents per $100 of valuation, was approved by voters to help pay off bonds.

The budget also raises residential garbage, recycling and yard waste fees by $1 per month and building permit fees by 5 percent. Cary officials noted neither had been increased in at least five years.

Cary utility customers will also see higher rates to help pay for the Western Wake Regional Wastewater Management facilities, set to come online next summer. The 4.7 percent increase adds about $2.83 per month to the bill for the average household using 4,500 gallons of water.

"This was one of the toughest budget development years I can remember in Cary," Town Manager Ben Shivar said in a statement. "It was extremely difficult to find the funding we needed to maintain our high service levels, not to mention trying to address pent-up community demand for more."

The budget also adds about 30 positions to the city payroll, most of which are dedicated to the new wastewater treatment plant.

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  • ihatewralcensorship Jul 1, 2013

    Theres a surprise-Cary raising taxes. The mayor is a total sycophant for any liberal cause, and a disgrace to the town. Cary wastes money on stupid art all over town, on the new roundabouts at both ends of old Cary that add 0 value, meanwhile the roads everywhere are full of potholes. Cary police are frequently seen taking naps in parking lots.
    Ah I guess thats the price of progressive living in the liberal squalor of Cary.

  • JustAName Jul 1, 2013

    "And the silly Town signs, as if Cary is over-run by people seeing the sights" - notkidding

    Yup. What a boondoggle. $140k for signs you can only see while walking that point you to the obvious landmarks. And then money spent on 2 roundabouts that replace Y-intersections that barely have any traffic backups. Brilliant!

  • notkidding Jun 28, 2013

    "Ahhh, extra money to pay for the ridiculous artwork they keep putting all over downtown. Waste."
    And the silly Town signs, as if Cary is over-run by people seeing the sights - ha-ha!
    And the e;ectonic signs that tell us when school in "in" and "out".
    And, and, and ... ridiculous.

  • Gabby01 Jun 28, 2013

    Ahhh, extra money to pay for the ridiculous artwork they keep putting all over downtown. Waste.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 28, 2013

    "How about a renter's fee. Instead of constantly sucking the life out of homeowners who stabilize the city, why not instead have a monthly renter's fee..."

    The renters are paying property taxes indirectly through their rent. Landlords include that cost in the amount of rent they charge. The section 8 housing is where the ripoff comes in.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 28, 2013

    "WAIT A MINUTE!!!!!! Am I reading something wrong? The Cary tax rate is $.35/$100 an and Durham's is $.77/$100. What did I miss? Is this PLUS whatever the county tax is for Wake?"

    YES

  • whatelseisnew Jun 28, 2013

    THis stuff always amazes me. The taxes should pay for water, sewer and garbage as a part of basic services, but nope, they tax you and then charge additional tax for these services. I don't understand how voters allowed politicians to do this stuff to them. Hold your hats folks, this is a small increase but the wake county school board wants to reach deeply into your wallets and purses. Tell the legislature you want vouchers for all North Carolina students to go to private schools. Do not continue supporting the Government run Public schools.

  • stymieindurham Jun 28, 2013

    "Why do we allow people who aren't property owners to vote to raise property owner's taxes?" impatientgirl"
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    ====It's the same way for voting. We let all the transient students from other counties and states vote in our state and local elections. They then later move back to where ever they came from.

  • stymieindurham Jun 28, 2013

    "The 2-cent increase to Cary's property tax rate, to 35 cents per $100 of valuation . . . ."
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    WAIT A MINUTE!!!!!! Am I reading something wrong? The Cary tax rate is $.35/$100 an and Durham's is $.77/$100. What did I miss? Is this PLUS whatever the county tax is for Wake?

  • groovyguru Jun 28, 2013

    "Why do we allow people who aren't property owners to vote to raise property owner's taxes?" impatientgirl

    Even if you don't own property, you still pay indirectly. Property managers just pass it along to the tenants.

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