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Early voting light for Tuesday elections

Posted October 7, 2013

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— Despite two high-profile bond issues on Raleigh's ballot, early voting for Tuesday's municipal election was light, according to the Wake County Board of Elections.

Less than 1 percent of Wake County's 645,000 registered voters, 5,149, cast early ballots. In the 2011 municipal election, 5,784 early votes were cast.

Wake County elections officials said municipal elections generally have a 20 to 30 percent voter turnout, but they expected the bond issues facing voters to give an extra bump to Tuesday's turnout.

Countywide, voters will decide whether the Wake County Public School System will be able to issue $810 million in bonds to build 16 schools and renovate dozens of others.

In Raleigh, voters also will decide whether the city can issue $75 million in bonds to pay to widen numerous streets and install sidewalks and roundabouts.

In addition to the two bonds, Raleigh residents can vote on the city's mayor and City Council members.

Durham and Fayetteville have mayoral primaries Tuesday, and they also saw sparse early voting. Almost 1,900 voted early in Durham County, and less than 2,000 in Cumberland County, according to elections officials in both counties.

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  • whatelseisnew Oct 8, 2013

    "Unless I am mistaken owners of rental property owners pay property taxes proportional to the cost of their buildings, just as homeowners do. Anyone?"

    Yes, BUT when reassessments happen commercial properties typically go down in tax value while non-commerical properties tend to go up. So over time renters pay a smaller and smaller amount of money as part of their rent. Now with these bonds, they will increase the MIL rate so owner or renter you are looking at an almost 10 percent increase. The sad part is the wasted way in which they intend to use this debt and even sadder, we pile on another huge heap of debt to service and we get NADDA for that debt servicing except a larger number on the tax bill. I voted no and I hope this time enough people join me in stopping out of control Government from further burying them alive in debt.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 8, 2013

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    And, whether or not we pass a bond issue, we are going to have to pay for these schools somehow, unless we are prepared to tell some children they can't attend public school. Bonds are probably the lowest cost alternative we have. So why wouldn't you vote YES, except to make a pointless political statement?"

    Wrong there are many many lower cost options. Problem is the fools in control of the system only want to pursue one solution. Build and operate ever more very expensive buildings. We should seek ways to ELIMINATE the need to build ANY new schools. Then if a new school MUST be built we should PAY for it as we go instead of adding debt and having to pay to service the debt. BONDS are not the lowest cost option by any stretch.
    Tell me, if you buy something for 100 dollars and pay cash, is it less expensive to put it on a credit card and then pay interest? Voting NO is not a pointless political statement, it is a sensible fiscal statement.

  • Ken D. Oct 8, 2013

    "Unless I am mistaken owners of rental property pay property taxes proportional to the cost of their buildings, just as homeowners do. Anyone?"

    Yes, they do, and they pass this cost through in the rent their tenants pay. So, everybody except homeless people pay for our schools.

    And, whether or not we pass a bond issue, we are going to have to pay for these schools somehow, unless we are prepared to tell some children they can't attend public school. Bonds are probably the lowest cost alternative we have. So why wouldn't you vote YES, except to make a pointless political statement?

  • aspenstreet1717 Oct 8, 2013

    Business property owners pay the tax as well. They pass it on to the consumer. This is more than a tax on home owners. Vote No.

  • fishon Oct 8, 2013

    the bonds seem to be unfair to homeowners,how can we make renters pay? NO ON BONDS
    southerntalent

    Unless I am mistaken owners of rental property owners pay property taxes proportional to the cost of their buildings, just as homeowners do. Anyone?

    Also, it was so hard to vote without early voting that I voted NO on the school bond at about 7:15 am on my way to work. OMG I I got up 10 minutes earlier than usual.

  • Scubagirl Oct 8, 2013

    "Basically by voting no on the bonds, you are stating you want a huge txx hike.

    Good that we cleared that up.
    westernwake1"

    How was that kool-aid?

    I happily voted no, have no kids in WCPS, been paying taxes for decades 'for the kids' just to hear we need more and more and more. Nope, learn how to manage what you've got with some level of intelligence and maybe folks will change their minds.

  • avidreader Oct 8, 2013

    Maybe people's property taxes should be in proportion to the number of children they have attending Wake County public schools - you choose to have multiple kids - nothing wrong with that - just pay more in taxes to educate them. Once you no longer have kids in the system - pay less. Sounds fair to me.

  • aspenstreet1717 Oct 8, 2013

    The School board have wasted money we have given them. Now , no surprise, they want even more. Vote No.

  • Bartmeister Oct 8, 2013

    Been a Wake County resident for 30 years, and hate to say it but we will be moving just across the county line within the next 2 years as the kids are out of WCPSS and off to college. The taxes are too high and we won't be receiving enough benefit in return for those high taxes. We paid taxes for 25 of those 30 years without using the school system, sent our kids to private school so I feel like we've built enough schools without using them. I'll probably vote no on the bond only because the school board hasn't shown any semblance of fiscal responsibility thus far.

  • aspenstreet1717 Oct 8, 2013

    Vote No. taxes are too high already. Utilities are going up medical insurance premiums are going up now the education industry wants more ...again. Vote No.

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