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Wake leaders talk taxes to balance budget

Posted January 30, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Raising taxes to counteract falling revenue and cover a budget shortfall will be an option on the table during the Wake County commissioners' annual retreat this weekend.

When they gather, at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, the Board of Commissioners will discuss how to deal with a projected $23 million deficit for this fiscal year and a smaller budget for the following year that begins July 1.

Tax raise might cover Wake budget shortfall Tax raise might cover Wake budget shortfall

Originally, county officials and commissioners said that raising taxes wasn't likely, given the economic crisis.

However, Commissioner Tony Gurley said the way the board is reacting to this fiscal crisis, there might be no choice but to raise taxes. Gurley said commissioners will discuss that and other options at the weekend retreat.

Earlier forecasts predicted a $17 million shortfall in the 2008-2009 budget of $984 million, but officials announced on Monday that had grown.

Since November, county departments have cut their budgets by 4 percent and started to prepare for possible cuts of 10 percent in the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

The county has projected a budget $965 million for 2009-2010.

In other cost-cutting measures, the county implemented a hiring freeze, leaving 149 positions vacant. The Wake County School system, Wake Technical Community College and other programs returned a combined $6 million that they had been allocated.

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  • wcnc Jan 30, 2009

    In the proposed budget changes, it shows the Sheriff's Office getting rid of almost 100 deputies......I can't see how that would be good for the county.

    I also didnt' see schools listed anywhere in the budget changes even though they account for almost 75% of county spending....

  • james27613 Jan 30, 2009

    Next thing they will do is try to get the County workers to work harder because they feel they are lazy.

    Just like Jim Black said about State Employees a few years ago,
    before he got caught and sent to jail.

  • james27613 Jan 30, 2009

    The county can save money by stopping travel that is not needed.

    The State can save Millions by not purchasing NEW cars every few years, except for Trooper and EMS, etc.

    We have RDU airport with Hertz, Avis, etc. why not cut a deal with the rental car companies to purchase the ten month old cars that go to the auction in Statesville, NC ?

    A one year young car will run just as well and safe as a brand new car, plus these cars are in great shape.

  • obamasucks Jan 30, 2009

    I think tmedlin could do the job.

  • ifcdirector Jan 30, 2009

    I hope the vast majority of inside the beltline voters suffer the hardest and the most for their votes.

  • Conservative Jan 30, 2009

    PCD0422 said "How about it folks? Let's organize ourselves and take this country back!"

    This is what I have been saying all along - a peaceful civil disobedience! This needs to be organized very effectively and folks should have a strong will to persist!

    Who among us is a born leader?

  • mep Jan 30, 2009

    Wish I could just raise my salary each time I have a BUDGET SHORTFALL. Maybe one uf us could help trim the budget? My wife does a great job when times are lean. They need to know, yes it does hurt to cut back, but squeezing us taxpayers in a recession/high unemployment situation is not a good plan.
    Next years property taxes are already set to be much higher.

  • kursk Jan 30, 2009

    If everyone else in the area is down-sizing... business and households alike... why not the LOCAL GOVERNMENT???

  • nobama Jan 30, 2009

    That is it!!! Elder stateswoman Betty Lou is no longer my BFF!!!

  • bs101fly Jan 30, 2009

    "You can email all the commisioners at once"

    Except for the elder stateswoman Betty Lou, she doesn't feel the public's right to contact her via email is important. She doesn't want to hear from you.
    Call and leave her a message
    919-856-5566

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