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Mayors rally support for Raleigh roads bond

Posted September 23, 2013

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— Mayor Nancy McFarlane was joined by three of her predecessors Monday to press for passage of Raleigh's $75 million transportation bond next month.

The bond, which would pay to widen 14 roads across Raleigh and other projects, is on the Oct. 8 ballot for city voters.

Business leaders and former mayors Charles Meeker, Smedes York and Tom Bradshaw joined McFarlane in saying that the projects are needed to keep up with Raleigh's growth.

"We've got to keep getting better," York said. "There are a lot of missing links. The streets are there in most of these cases, but they need upgrading. It's just not like Raleigh to drive over some of these streets."

If the bond is approved, paying for it would add 1 cent to Raleigh's property tax rate, meaning the owner of a $150,000 home would pay an extra $15 a year.

The Wake County Republican Party is lobbying against the bond, saying they would support a smaller measure that wouldn't require any tax increase.

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  • Vote for Pedro Sep 24, 2013

    You're paying this, look at the yearly property tax bill for your vehicle.
    ConservativeVot

    You pay a yearly CITY tax on your vehicle? If you're talking county tax then that goes to the county. Gas tax goes to the state.

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 24, 2013

    "Maybe they should go back to requiring city tags for automobiles. That way, all residents who own vehicles could contribute regardless of their living arrangements.
    Vote for Pedro"

    You're paying this, look at the yearly property tax bill for your vehicle.

  • WRAL_USER Sep 24, 2013

    @ no time

    then move...

  • WralCensorsAreBias Sep 24, 2013

    "This is desperately needed for the "health" of Raleigh."

    Tough, Me keeping my money is desperately needed so that my family can survive another year in this runaway country!!!

  • WRAL_USER Sep 24, 2013

    This is desperately needed for the "health" of Raleigh. We can't keep growing and ignore our infrastructure. This will cost money. Do it...

  • downtowner Sep 24, 2013

    "How much more debt can we go into before our local economy collapses?"

    Are you dense or ignorant? Raleigh's economy is thriving and it will continue to thrive as long as we support our infrastructure and transportation systems.

  • Vote for Pedro Sep 24, 2013

    Maybe they should go back to requiring city tags for automobiles. That way, all residents who own vehicles could contribute regardless of their living arrangements.

  • meeper Sep 23, 2013

    But why is it that homeowners are always asked to pay? If we have to have ANOTHER tax, shouldn't everyone contribute?
    I guess liberals figure that this will be the easiest route because the homeowners are an easy target and less vocal than the general public. Homeowners are a great resource when it comes to redistribution of income. It isn't fair that some people own homes and others do not. Straight from the Obama and Democrat playbook.

  • PanthersFan45 Sep 23, 2013

    Hard to say what will happen with this Bond. Everytime I vote for a bond it doesn't pass ... when I vote against one it passes. I'm planning on voting against this one, so I am expecting a Tax Increase.

  • pipcolt Sep 23, 2013

    We pay enough road tax everytime we buy gas at the pumps, let's start taxing bicyclist for using the roads. their the ones that want their own lane but they don't want to pay for it. Tax them $25 a year to use the roads and make them carry insurance and buy tags.

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