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Raleigh Approves Tax-Holding Budget for '08, but Some Fees Will Rise

Posted June 11, 2007

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— The City Council on Monday voted 4-3 to approve a 2008 budget that holds the line on property taxes but raises several other charges.

The budget, which totals more than $556 million and is up 8.3 percent from the 2007 budget, takes effect July 1.

The budget anticipates that revenue from property taxes will rise 5 percent and that sales tax income will go up 6.4 percent, all due to growth and rising values. The property tax rate will remain at 43.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The solid waste fee will rise by $2, and water and sewer rates will go up 9 percent.

The budget total includes an annual operating budget of just over $343 million, with the remainder for capital projects.

Among staff increases in the budget are 10 new telephone operators for the Emergency Communications Center, 20 civilian and sworn positions in the Police Department and 12 Parks and Recreation Department positions.

Mayor Charles Meeker and Council Members Jessie Taliaferro, James West and Joyce Kekas voted for the budget. Voting against it were members Philip Isley, Thomas Crowder and Tommy Craven. Council Member Russ Stephenson was absent.

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  • puryeardl Jun 12, 2007

    it is to help the poor. i am poor. they help themselves to my quarters, dimes, nickels, and even my brownies. they help me understand that the change in my pocket is more important to them than it is to me. if they wanted to help me, they would cut taxes so i could ask for a lot more money from my boss. that would be a help to have 1$, 5$, 10$, and maybe some 20$ bills in my pocket. :)

  • Wake1 Jun 12, 2007

    Another case where government wants to reach, yet again, into our pockets & take MORE of OUR money to fund their pet projects & agendas. How much is enough?? I can't afford much more of this government!

  • unblankenbelievable Jun 12, 2007

    Keep on voting for those democrats and you can kiss what's left of your paycheck goodbuy. A fee is nothing but a deguised tax. Just like the toll booth's these people want to put up. It's a raise in taxes. Period.

  • Joe Jun 12, 2007

    Why not get rid of all taxes and have fees instead? That way, you only pay for what you use. I love how Meeker calls a tax a fee.

  • Steve Crisp Jun 12, 2007

    Uh christisone, why did you vote for him the last time? Have you difficulty discerning a lying liberal when you see one? What really amazes me with King Chuck is that he is constantly carping about diversity and keeping an open mind, but always wants to ram HIS ideology down our throats. Oops, but I already said he is a liberal, so I repeat myself.

  • Tidbit Jun 12, 2007

    If they cut the already bloated administration... cut the Wake County School Administration (GREATLY BLOATED and Unecessary).. you would be AMAZED at the job that the county could still do and the how much Money would be avaiable for "Education".

  • Arbi Jun 12, 2007

    i moved from wake to harnett county. smartest move i ever made.

  • christisone Jun 12, 2007

    If Mr Meeker keep raising taxes people want be able to live in Raleigh. I will not vote for Meeker again. He has done nothing for Raleigh. All he wants is the money for him and his family. People do what is right vote him out. Get someone in that can make a differences. I have lives in Raleigh all my life and this place is a mess. I can't believe what we are letting politicians do to Raleigh and other places in North Carolina. The truth is we are to blame, we voted for these tree huggers. God help this place.

  • lollly52 Jun 12, 2007

    Is this water/sewer increase to recover costs or is it a Revunue Stream? If it is a revenue stream, then it is a tax and should be described as a tax increase.

  • I Hate Hippies Jun 12, 2007

    that's because Wake county is full of crooked politicians, police, and all around people

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