Public sounds off on proposed Raleigh tax hike
Posted June 3, 2014
Updated June 4, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.