Local Politics

Proposed Raleigh Budget Includes Fee Increases

Posted May 15, 2007

— City Manager Russell Allen on Tuesday proposed a $556.4 million budget for the coming fiscal year, including some fee increases for local residents.

The budget represents an 8.3 percent increase from the current operating and capital budgets, officials said. The additional money would be used to hire more city staff and to buy new equipment.

One suggestion to boost revenue is a $2 increase in monthly solid waste fees, while another is a 9 percent increase in water and sewer rates.

The budget also suggests hiring 20 new employees at the Raleigh Police Department and expanding a program to deal with students when they track out of year-round schools.

Residents can voice their opinions on the budget at a public hearing in early June.


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  • All child molesters should die May 16, 2007

    That's why I am glad I don't live in the City limits. I'm about 4 blocks away from the sign, but I'd much rather live in the County! (I'm probably considered in the City though!)

  • gjp032 May 16, 2007

    Let me see where is the raise in the budget for city workers. Oh yes they get a generous 1.5% a year. THANK YOU SO MUCH Mr. Russell!!

  • hedgy_one May 16, 2007

    My water/sewer averages around $40 per period. Of that, only about $5 is ACTUAL cost of water/sewer use. That's not right. I agree that more recycling should be mandatory. But, apartments don't even have to recycle now!!!! That's not right either. State workers aren't the only ones whose pay increases will be going for increased "fees."

  • mattatiww May 16, 2007

    I wonder what part of this increase will find it way into the back pocket of Mr. Russell? Most be a pay increase in here from him some ware.

  • postingmyopinion2 May 16, 2007


    ths is not a Wake County issue its a City of Raleigh issue, When you live in the City district you get a lot more services, metro police service, fire service, paved side walks, curbing on the streets, street lighting etc etc etc thats the reason for the higher cost of City taxes as opposed to County taxes, I understand your frustration but Wake County has nothing to do with the budget setting of Raleigh City and rightly so!

  • Wake1 May 16, 2007

    Let the growth in Wake county pay for itself! The existing taxpayers should not have to continually be faced with paying more & more to fund the infrastructure for all the people moving in & building nice, expensive houses. Wake County leaders need to wake up & do what is right!!

  • drjones74 May 16, 2007

    The level of not getting it is amazing....where to start? Republican touted capitalism is what drives up teh cost of housing downtown (duh). Us inside the beltline leberals are using infrasturucture that has been paid for several times over...paying for all the people who live in Nroth Raleigh etc. is what drives most of the higher costs aorund here...your lovely republican fed oil companies are responsible for most of the rest. The stormwater fee is a federal unfunded mandate. Water and Sewer fees cannot be recovered as taxes fairly. If people would recycle more your solid waste fee would stay lower because recycables offset most of the cost of collection when sold. Raleigh and Wake County tax rates are below Charlotte and Mecklenburg so we see where sprawl is taking us...plus downtown pays an extra tax above and beyond what the rest of the city pays. Easy right? Apparently not.

  • wisdomb4beauty May 16, 2007

    I've just gotta move from Raleigh. I finally might be looking at getting a nice cost of living raise this year as a state worker & now it's already spent with the proposed new "fees" the City of Raleigh plans to impose upon citizens. How does one pay for all these new "fees", increases, etc. when one doesn't get some type of cost of living or pay increase. Everytime state workers/teachers get a half-way decent pay increase it's already spent because everything else goes up in cost. We simply never get to use any raise money we get for ourselves as a reward for doing a good job. We've got to turn right around after we get it in our check and apply it to all the other fee increases and rising prices of everyday living costs. "Sorry kids, the little bit of extra money I was going to get in a raise this year is going to the City of Raleigh for "more needed fees" so that trip I promised you to Disney World will have to wait." :-(

  • IHave1-2 May 16, 2007

    I don't live in Raleigh. I would like to live closer to my job but Raleigh/Wake leaders are not financially responsible... always another money issue. Why can Raleigh not operate on it's current budget? To be sure there is more than enough revenue. It's only May... I should make a list of all the other increases to be proposed by December to give myself another reason for not making a 30 mile move to the city. Commuting isn't so bad.

  • Bob3425 May 16, 2007

    Glad I don't live there, you'll can have Raleigh. I'm sure more business will move in there, they probably won't have to pay it will be call an incentive. Middle class and below the buck come out of your pockets.