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Public sounds off on proposed Raleigh tax hike

Posted June 3, 2014
Updated June 4, 2014

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— 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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  • areyououtofyourmind Jun 3, 2014

    Wow! I had no idea it was that expensive to repave a road. That breaks down to $166,667 per mile!

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 4, 2014
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    I voted AGAINST the bond because I knew taxes would go up, wasn't sure how much but.....

    now folks are all upset over it. They SHOULD HAVE BEEN upset and voted against the bond.

    And that is an ABSURD cost per mile for resurfacing.....someone care to justify that ?

  • James Bognar Jun 4, 2014
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    @areyououtofyourmind - Yes...people in general don't realize just how expensive it is to build and maintain roads and bridges. If they knew, they wouldn't complain about the gas tax so much.

    In general, people who complain about taxes don't even know what that tax money goes towards. You just hear general complaints about "government waste" because they simply don't know. I've never heard a politician come up with specific examples of significant waste. You think it wouldn't be hard to come up with a list of waste that makes up 10%, or even 1% of the budget.

  • George George Jun 4, 2014
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    Once the city replaces the garbage trucks, updates software, etc will they roll back the $1 per month increase in garbage fees? I would think not.
    Also what could possibly be wrong with a police radio?
    Raleigh City Council sure is cavalier with taxpayer money.

  • 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?

  • 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

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 4, 2014
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    View quoted thread

    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}

  • 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.

  • 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.

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