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Morrisville considers property tax increase

Posted June 24, 2008

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— City leaders on Tuesday are scheduled to vote on a proposed budget that could increase property taxes.

Morrisville commissioners are proposing largest tax increase in Wake County. The budget being considered includes a $3.4 million spending increase.

Based on Wake County's property reassessment, homeowners in Morrisville saw property values go up by 38 percent. With Morrisville's proposed tax rate, homeowners could have a 19 percent increase in their property tax bill.

Mayor Jan Faulkner said the increase is necessary to help the city keep pace with other Wake County towns.

“Without it, we’ll have to stop programs, not fund some roads and not develop downtown,” Faulkner said.

Homeowner Peggy Medlin said she can’t afford the proposed tax increase. If commissioners move forward with the plan to increase property taxes, Medlin said her bill would jump from $800 to more than $4,000.

“I don’t know how long I can stay here. I’m a caregiver and I have to stay to take care of my 95-year-old mother. I don’t have a choice,” Medlin said.

Residents attended a meeting at city hall last week to voice their opinions on the tax.

Commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the budget. Commissioners can choose to approve the budget, reject it or ask the staff to start from the beginning, Faulkner said.


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  • Frank Downtown Jun 24, 2008

    Awww. Its about time taxes caught up to pay for the improvement that growth needs - four lane 54, build Durham freeway/ triangle parkway extention, connect all the pieces of McCrimmon Parkway, ect.

  • cbarnett Jun 24, 2008

    You're right, eduncw - it's 38,000.
    At least I was closer than bobbyj!

  • dws Jun 24, 2008

    "it smacks of a town so desperate to make a name for itself that it will stop at nothing to do so."


    pretty much hits the nail on the head

  • carolinakhaki Jun 24, 2008

    "They need to pay for all the services/infrastructure needed for the development at 54 & Cary Pkway, which they approved despite massive citizen objections. Can't wait for election day..."

    Oh, but the town's going to bring in SOOOOOOOOO much revenue from that boondoggle - and situating it on the very edge of Morrisville means that they get to do so by inconveniencing primarily non-Morrisville residents, with no road improvements to Cary Parkway.

    Way to increase your tax base at the expense of Cary residents, Morrisville. I'm sure it's much appreciated. Actually, as with most things Morrisville does, it smacks of a town so desperate to make a name for itself that it will stop at nothing to do so.

  • hi_i_am_wade Jun 24, 2008

    All this reminds me of my car. According to Nash County, my car is worth more this year than last year. How can that be? It is funny the games government plays to get more money to waste. They will "re-evaluate" property just so they can get more money, but say publicly "we didn't raise tax rates". Uh-huh.

    You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to waste all money and demand my boss pay me more. How will that work out? Actually, I'm my own boss, but it makes the point. If I have to spend within my bounds, why can't a government?

  • NC_native_belle Jun 24, 2008

    Listen up politicans... we know what you want... you want the land!! I am from Morrisville (now living in Johnston County), but my family (and friends) are still there. Wake County tax increase about killed some people (ex. my grandfather's house is 60+ years old.. the previous value was right at $200,000... after the tax increase it is at $1.5 MILLION... why you ask, b/c he has 10+ acres of land). They know (in Morrisville) that a lot of people still have lots of land (10 acres is nothing by the way) that have been handed down from generation to generation over the years. Morrisville is running out of land to develop, so what do they do to get more land, make the tax value go up, to force people off of their land & out of their homes so they can DEVELOP it into SUBDIVISIONS... and they call this progress?!?!?! Of course, they can't jump out there & say this is what we want, so they throw roads and programs (never heard of them by the way) towards the reason for the change.

  • eduncw Jun 24, 2008


    19% of $200,000 is $38,000... learn math

    Once again. there is not a 19% tax increase. the Town has a 3 cents tax rate decrease! BLAME THE REEVALUATION!

  • cbarnett Jun 24, 2008

    bobbyj - 800 at 19% is 952. 200,000 at 19% is 3,800. Learn math.

  • eduncw Jun 24, 2008


    The Town of Morrisville grew from 1,500 people in 1990 to appx 5,000 in 2000 and today the population is 15,000. Now, most of the capital improvements have been in the planning stages for only 5 or 6 years. these improvements cannot happen overnight, the town needs to spend money and borrow money to do the things that the residents want. The 90% of the folks complaining about the taxes in morrisville did not live here in 2000. They moved here for quality of life, vicinity to RTP and now they complain that their property values have gone up. Well, too bad if your net worth is increasing, my condolences.

  • BR549 Jun 24, 2008

    Living in Johnston County sounds really good right about now!!!