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Public sounds off on proposed Raleigh tax hike

Posted June 3, 2014
Updated June 4, 2014

2012 Downtown Raleigh Skyline

— Raleigh residents shared their thoughts on the proposed $751 million city budget, which includes a 2.12-cent increase to the tax rate, during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Part of the tax increase – 1 cent – would raise more than $5 million annually to pay for street resurfacing. The city maintains over 1,000 miles of roads, 10 percent of which are below standard due to cracking, potholes, utility cuts and broken curbs and gutters, according to the city. The tax increase will allow the city to resurface about 30 miles per year.

The other 1.12-cent increase is for a transportation bond approved by voters last year.

The tax increase means the owner of a $250,000 home would pay an extra $53 a year in taxes.

Other budget highlights:

  • Garbage fees would increase $1 per month, allowing the city to raise an additional $1.4 million to replace aging trucks and roll carts, update route optimization software and equipment and add two crew supervisor positions for special events and yard waste operations.
  • Fire station No. 29 would open, the city’s first new fire station since 2007. The station would include 30 new positions ($1.8 million) and two new fire trucks ($1.5 million).
  • Nine new police officer positions would be added ($658,000), and police radios would be replaced ($1.2 million).

The public hearing will start at 7 p.m.


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  • iopsyc Jun 4, 2014

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    Generally speaking, it costs more to employ someone than just what you pay them. There are several legally required benefits such as Social Security, Unemployment Insurance; and some that are not required by law such as pensions and supplemental insurances. Benefits in the private industry are (on average) 30% of the total compensation cost. Benefits in state and local government are slightly better at 35% (on average). Assuming Raleigh is near the national average, the $73k per position would be roughly $48k in salary and the remainder in benefits paid by the city.

  • Rod Runner Jun 4, 2014
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    Health insurance? Life insurance? Pensions? The employer's half of FICA tax? Ever heard of those? Those are part of most people's salaries, police or not.

  • Rod Runner Jun 4, 2014
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    What could possibly be wrong with a police radio?

    Do you believe that they last forever with no wear and tear whatsoever with them being used every day?

  • ncprr1 Jun 4, 2014

    More taxes to pay for more government employees. Also, why do people vote yes on all of these bonds and then complain when their taxes go up? Never vote for any tax increase, ever. Let them figure out how to make due with what they already take from you. Otherwise, it will never end, they will always want more, until they have it all.

  • Joseph Smith Jun 4, 2014
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    The cancer keeps growing. Must have more.

  • William Teach Jun 4, 2014
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    Regarding the fire station, 30 positions cost $1.8 million? That comes to $60,000 per job.

    The nine new police officer positions average just over $73,000 each.

    Seriously? I think will all agree that those are important positions, but the costs might be overboard.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jun 4, 2014

    You sounded off, feel better?

    Now get ready to pay more. They already decided that before the few of you showed last night.

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 4, 2014
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    I was going to bring up the same question BUT when salaries are posted most of the time the figure quoted INCLUDES all the benefits as well. Now granted, I don't know what benefits the LEOs get but I would assume health care, 401 contributions-those could bring up the total over takehome
    {guessing, not sure}

  • Jackson Smith Jun 4, 2014
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    I have been told for 5 years that Sandy Forks would be fixed. Now it is another 2.5 years and $10 million. way to go NC and Raleigh. You spent 4 years fighting over who was responsible. NO INCREASE

  • deeznuutz Jun 4, 2014

    9 new police officer positions for $658,000??? That comes out to $73,111 per position. That is far more than what an officer gets paid, so where is the other money going?