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Morrisville budget-makers struggling in wake of residents' outcry about first proposal

Posted June 25, 2008
Updated June 26, 2008

— Morrisville town leaders will reconvene Thursday night to work on the town budget.

Leaders met Wednesday after residents voiced their opposition to the initial proposal. After working until almost midnight, they were unable to reach a conclusion and will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday.

“They made a drastic impact,” Mayor Jan Faulkner said of residents' opposition.

The public outcry at a Town Hall meeting last week led the Board of Commissioners to unanimously reject the proposed budget Tuesday evening.

“We went down to show our support for the community,” Pastor Roy Smith, with Calvary Baptist Church said.

Smith even canceled Wednesday evening service last week so his parishioners could have a voice at the meeting.

“It was good for us to show we were interested in our taxes not being raised,” he said.

Morrisville commissioners had proposed the largest tax increase in Wake County. The budget included a $3.4 million spending increase.

After Wake County's property reassessment, homeowners in Morrisville saw property values go up by 38 percent. The more a home is worth, the higher the tax bill.

With Morrisville's proposed tax rate, homeowners could have had a 19 percent increase in their property tax bills.

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

“We need a downtown, and residents have said we need a downtown. We need a cultural arts facility. We're working towards that, but I think we need to slow the pace,” Faulkner said Wednesday.

Town leaders have until June 30 to come up with a new budget.

“That's the way it was supposed to work – elected officials recognizing what their residents want and respond appropriately,” resident Jackie Holcombe said.

Town leaders said major developments, like a  new Wal-Mart, are part of the town's long-range financial plan to generate additional revenue and ease the tax burden on residential taxpayers.


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  • dws Jun 26, 2008

    you never know, sometimes many things are concealed

  • TheAdmiral Jun 26, 2008

    I am glad to see no one took their second amendment rights to the meeting.

  • dws Jun 26, 2008

    concerned27560, the backlash I know of was largely related to "downtown" development and a cultural arts center.....were I a citizen of Morrisville, I would not oppose increases for public safety personnel, and I hope these folks do get increases

  • Truth Time Jun 26, 2008

    The only people that will be hurt in this whole thing is the town employees (who can't even afford to live in the town they work) and their families. Residents sit on 100k's to millions of dollars in equity, while some public safety employees live on $350 a week after taxes and insurance premiums all while trying to support a family of 4 or more. I can understand cutting some of the projects in this time of fiscal hardships, but police, fire, and public works who work long hours for low pay already, don't need their incomes grossly affected by this budget. I have a good friend who works in public safety for the town who has been waiting for this raise to buy a house, now that dream is gone for this year. If there is 18,000 residents in Morrisville, I don't think 9,000 of them opposed the budget. A small number of citizens voiced a displeasure and they got what they wanted.

  • Tired_of_LIBERALS Jun 26, 2008

    Phroge, you have it all wrong. Morrisville wants to emulate Cary now. That is their big desire - sad as it may be.

  • Phroge Jun 26, 2008

    I remember when Morrisville had one purpose... Watch the traffic go by as the folks from Cary went to RTP or the airport. Now don't get me wrong... the people in Cary loved Morrisville. After all, back in the day, Morrisville had the ABC store, and Cary didn't. Morrisville needs to realize times have changed. People don't need Highway 54 to get to the airport anymore, and Cary has its own 3 or 4 ABC stores. With this in mind, Morrisvile needs to understand that they are not a "big city", they will never be a "big city", and that they need to worry about only two things. Keep the traffic flowing through Morrisville, and build a wall to keep Cary out of Morrisville.

  • ncsuspam Jun 26, 2008

    "Well, since it was survey of residents of Morrisville, I can only assume that both Democrats and Republicans asked for it as surely there are both in this town."

    Just to clarify, these people are elected officials to make the best decisions for their respective positions. I'm pretty sure the survey question was not phrased as "We NEED a cultural arts center" and I doubt the majority of residents in Morrisville would claim a NEED for a cultural arts center.

  • WHEEL Jun 26, 2008

    Morrisville - culture. Ultimate oxymoron.

  • SheriffTruman Jun 26, 2008

    "I can guarantee it was a democrat who said Morrisville NEEDS a cultural arts center. That is absolutely asinine."

    Well, since it was survey of residents of Morrisville, I can only assume that both Democrats and Republicans asked for it as surely there are both in this town.

    I do agree about the road widening. They should be done by now as the bond passed in 2004. The project has been scaled back drastically and is months behind the already delayed schedule. Much of the delay is due to issues with the NC Railroad as they wield absolute, unchecked power over their 200 foot right of way which this intersection is mostly in. They chose to require all kinds of concessions to allow it to go forward.

    However, if the Town had moved on this in 2004 instead of waiting while the costs went up, they could still be done.

    The cleared pits off Aviation were a developer who backed out of a the project after starting. It is up for sale now. Hopefully something will happen soon there.

  • donnied1952 Jun 26, 2008

    I was born and raised in Morrisville, near what used to be the two churches in "downtown." I guess that isn't "downtown" anymore. Somehow we survived without a cultural arts facility or a Wal-Mart. Everyone knew each other and helped each other. The mayor and the commissioners need to listen to what the people want and quit trying to play favorites with their employees.