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Raleigh holds line on taxes, uses reserves to support arts, nonprofits

Posted June 21, 2011

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— The Raleigh City Council approved a $660.9 million budget Tuesday that holds the line on the city's property tax rate and uses some reserve funds to support arts and social services programs that faced cuts.

Councilmen John Odom and Bonner Gaylord voted against the budget, which is 6.6 percent larger than Raleigh's 2010-11 budget.

The new budget eliminates 35 vacant positions, including a dozen from the Solid Waste Services Department and 10 civilian positions in the police department.

Instead of giving merit raises to city workers, the budget calls for giving each a one-time $500 bonus. Raleigh also is cutting its contribution to the supplemental retirement program for city workers to from 3 to 2 percent.

The council agreed to dip into a capital reserve fund for the money needed to forgo planned cuts to arts programs and services like the Boys & Girls Clubs.

The reserve was created a few years ago when the city halted planned infrastructure projects because of the recession. City Manager Russell Allen said the money borrowed for the arts and social programs would be returned to the reserve later.

Raleigh's property tax rate remains at 37.35 cents per $100 of value for 2011-12.

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  • getrealpeople Jun 22, 2011

    WOW some of you

  • Scaramouche Jun 22, 2011

    "dipping into reserves only delays increased taxes while making these folks look good."

    And maybe buys us enough time that the economy will improve enough it won't be an issue.

  • chevybelair57sd Jun 22, 2011

    dipping into reserves only delays increased taxes while making these folks look good.

  • Scaramouche Jun 22, 2011

    "WOW. So those things I called 'parents' were either figments of my imagination or government supplied parental units"

    So you never went to a public park, National Forest, the Wright Brothers memorial? School never too you to the zoo, or the museum, or a "War of Southern Aggression" battlefield?

    "But we need a government who supplies only our basic services and protection, especially when money is so tight for the private and public sectors."

    You don't cut your nose off to spite your face either. I am fond of saying that "if you become the monster in the slaying of it all you guarentee is that the next hero has a monster to slay." in the same vein I submit this. "what good is it saving the economy is the society and civilization supporting it crumbles anyway?"

  • Scaramouche Jun 22, 2011

    "After reading this, I realize goloblows is right. I am going to sell all my possessions and become a poetry reading coffee house beatnik."

    Excellent1 I am happy for you. it's always a good thing when people find their true path and decide to follow it. Good luck on your journey.

    "And to the people who don't join me, how dare you think your money is yours to spend?"

    See? that's the thing. It isn't your money any more than the moey you spent on your car is still yours.

    "It belongs to the social collective and has many benefits for making us better rounded people."

    Now you've got it. If we allowed people, as individuals, to decide how their taxes were spent many would elect not to fund the military, or the police force, or the water treatment plant. I personally don't like my taxes going to religious organizations.

    "Later, I'm going to the museum."

    Have fun.

  • working for deadbeats Jun 22, 2011

    Ah yes, let's save the arts. What a joke. Only liberals would run a city this way.

  • Just another bad guy Jun 22, 2011

    "I'm sure others thought the same when they were paying to help raise you. It's your turn to pay back the debt you owe society."
    WOW. So those things I called 'parents' were either figments of my imagination or government supplied parental units. And I thought I was loved. :(
    I agree we should pay for school for all. Our society would collapse without it. As it would collapse without an armed forces and thanks for your service, goloblows. But we need a government who supplies only our basic services and protection, especially when money is so tight for the private and public sectors.

  • Scaramouche Jun 22, 2011

    "even Michelangelo Motzart worked for Gov't support at some time or another"

    mmmmm, should have been "Michelangelo and Motzart"

  • Scaramouche Jun 22, 2011

    " As far as moving? I cannot find anywhere that doesn't take too much $ from me and spend it on art or RAISING OTHER PEOPLES KIDS!"

    I'm sure others thought the same when they were paying to help raise you. It's your turn to pay back the debt you owe society.

  • Scaramouche Jun 22, 2011

    "I already pay MORE than my share."

    Probably not.

    "As far as moving? I cannot find anywhere that doesn't take too much $ from me and spend it on art or RAISING OTHER PEOPLES KIDS!"

    Then you are pretyt much stuck aren't you? Are you sure you looked everywhere? Mexico? Did you try the Ukraine? Maybe Uganda might be a place for you.

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